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    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2015
     
    Will this continue bearing in mind no more Feed-in Tariff.

    I think that it should but without the subsidies this means new homes will effectively be more expensive.
    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2015
     
    Maybe there will be a bit of a pause until battery technology drops in price and becomes more manstream to allow more effective self consumption.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2015
     
    But it can't as it is part of regs
    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2015
     
    Sorry, what can't? As part of what regs?
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2015
     
    It can't pause as renewable energy is a requirement for new homes in England at least.
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    Posted By: tonyIt can't pause as renewable energy is a requirement for new homes in England at least.
    Doesn't have to be PV though surely? It should be whatever gives the best payback for each individual situation.
    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2015
     
    Ah: http://www.icax.co.uk/The_Merton_Rule.html

    So planning policy, not building regs and typically for 10 or more homes or 1000 m² or larger developments.
  2.  
    I've started seeing small amounts of solar on developments by the big firms in recent years. This is clearly just to 'get them over the line' in terms of the energy regulations and the will switch to whatever is cheapest / will sell the best almost certainly.

    I think lots of self builders will still install PV as they are generally quite green minded. Although as costs are always under pressure it will obviously be something that can be cut if needed, and therefore probably will in certain circumstances.

    It will be interesting to see if install rates fall if you don't need a certified installer. The installer I'm planning to use has contacted me about getting the panels up and running before the FIT is cut (putting them on frames in the garden).
    • CommentAuthorDarylP
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2015
     
    PV can play a big part :bigsmile: of Part L Building Regs compliance in England now.
    If clients want to build a cardboard box, they can put some PV on the roof, and clear Part L....

    Of course we would recommend they put on as much as they can.... :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2015
     
    The Merton Rule sounds like a cheap way of avoiding building high performance houses.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2015
     
    I'm out of touch but I thought the latest changes made the Merton Rule illegal?
  3.  
    Done a couple of installs recently that required renewable tech as part of planning permission. They went for PV as it was simplist I think
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