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Is subsidy-free, large-scale solar still viable?

Large-scale solar has had its high and lows – but where are we now? Carter Jonas energy expert Martin Williams looks at how the finances stack up for landowners considering subsidy-free solar

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Government subsidies designed to kick-start the solar energy industry successfully achieved their aims and were then removed in 2015. For a period following this, it was difficult to make solar development stack up.

Things have changed though, with the solar PV technology creating more energy, increasing in reliability, and lasting longer (now around 35-40 years, rather than around 25 in the past) – as well as reducing in costs. What this means is that they cost less to set up, less to run, and earn more – and therefore can turn a good profit, even without government subsidies.

So –

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