Government cuts in Renewable Obligation (RO) support will apply to commercial rooftop as well as ground-mounted solar, a media report has said.

There had been some confusion within the solar industry as to whether the government’s decision, announced last week, to close the RO to sub-5MW projects would apply to both types of development. But, speaking to Solar Power Portal on Tuesday 28 July, a DECC spokeswoman said the changes would apply to rooftop and ground-mounted schemes, but that it was “important to note that it is not retrospective”.

The RO is the main support mechanism for renewable electricity projects in the UK. Having come into effect in 2002, it places an obligation on UK electricity suppliers to source an increasing proportion of the electricity they supply from renewable sources.

The department also confirmed last week that it intended to remove grandfathering from sub-5MW projects to avoid overcompensation before the scheme’s closure.

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