GMCR has submitted a response to the DECC consultation to remove pre-accreditation. We have urged the Government to retain this facility, particularly for community groups.

A couple of weeks after this consultation closed, another commenced, proposing to slash the Feed-in Tariff payable for generators of clean energy with effect from 1 January 2016. Payments for installations such as schools could be slashed from 11.3p to 3.69p for each unit of clean energy produced, or even removed altogether.

If the Government is serious about tackling climate change, enabling communities to develop their own businesses, and supporting a growing UK industry, it needs to support renewables ahead of fossil fuels.