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Energy special: Get your solar panels now

Current incentives may be too good to survive

By Miles Brignall   April 2011

Power of the sun: a photovoltaic array in Colorado

If an investment scheme offered to pay £1,100 tax-free each year for the next 25 years, in return for an upfront payment of £12,500, the promoters would have people queuing round the block.

Yet that’s pretty much the deal that has been on offer since last April, when the then-government revealed the return it would pay to those prepared to install electricity-generating solar panels on their south-facing roofs. The introduction of the so-called feed-in tariffs followed a campaign by environmental groups to promote an easily installed source of renewable electricity.

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