Tesco may halt solar panel distribution after FiT delay

Published:  03 March, 2011

UK: In the wake of the Government's decision to review the UK Feed-inTariff, Tesco has reportedly put its solar installation plans on hold.

The supermarket giant, which had planned to put rows of solar panels on several of its distribution centres, has decided to stop all work on the projects after the Government this week failed to reassure a renewables industry already reeling from its review of subsidies, according to a report from SolarPowerPortal.

Tesco has approximately half a dozen 1MW solar PV systems in the pipeline, which were to be installed on distribution centres across the country.

A source said that the solar panels would have been completed in March 2012, and the supermarket had been due to go public with the plans in around two months.

Although the review seems to threaten all systems over 50kW, when speaking with the Department of Energy & Climate Change, SolarPowerPortal was told that it was just ground-mounted projects that were being targeted.

A Tesco's spokesman denied the news. "We are still in the decision-making process as to whether we will install solar panels at our distribution centres. We are fully committed to becoming a zero carbon business by 2050 and continue to invest in new environmental technologies," he stated.

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