Barnsley businesses urged to switch to solar power

25 March 2011

Business people in Barnsley are being urged to use their roofs to beat rising energy bills.
Enterprising Barnsley is organising a seminar on how firms can benefit from the Feed in Tariff (FIT) payable on electricity created by solar panels on roofs – but with the warning that time could be running out to cash in.
Under the FIT scheme electricity generated by the panels can be used by the property owner and any excess is fed back into the National Grid, with the electricity companies paying a Feed-in-Tariff (FIT), which is set by the Government.  
But the Government is reviewing FITs – and it is expected that the amount payable for commercial installations may be reduced from April 2012 and even cut completely for larger installations.
The event at the Holiday Inn, Dodworth, on Wednesday April 6, will also look at other means of cutting resource costs – and cutting carbon.
Among the speakers will be Ray Noble, of the Renewable Energy Association, who has been advising the Government on FITs; Councillor Graham Kyte, chair of Barnsley Council’s environment scrutiny commission, and two guests from CO2Sense, who are experts in running renewable energy projects and in promoting efficient use of resources.
There will also be local suppliers and independent advisors on hand to offer additional information.
Adrian Waite, from Enterprising Barnsley, said: “As the price of energy continues to rise it makes sense for businesses to look at ways of cutting costs”.
“With changes due next year, and a Government review imminent, businesses need to act now to take the maximum advantage of FITs. If you are a Barnsley business and own a roof then you should come to the event; if you are a Barnsley business looking to save money then you should definitely come.”
Enterprising Barnsley is a business support programme which helps businesses with high growth potential. The programme has attracted £2.89m investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme. As well as organising events Enterprising Barnsley offers business coaching and office space.
The event runs from 11am to 2pm and places can be booked at:
Adrian Waite can be contacted on 01226 787531 or
Additional media contact: Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07910 165 444 or at
Enterprising Barnsley is a partnership between Barnsley Development Agency, Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre and the University of Huddersfield’s Barnsley Campus. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to provide an integrated programme of business support. 

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