Planning/JE Reforms

We are fortunate enough to live in the sunniest part of the British Isles, yet you see hardly any solar deployed.


Well the reality is there are a number of hurdles:

1) Planning permission for ground based deployments. Permitted development allows in Jersey allows for 9 sq m of solar without planning, that is at best maybe 9 panels - 2.7kW. Beyond that ground based deployments are pretty much not allowed. Particularly frustrating for people who have otherwise useless odd strips of agricultural land that can't be commercially farmed. I personally planned to deploy 60 panels on such land and I was told it wasn't even worth trying.

2) The FIT (Feed In Tariff) in Jersey is too low, JE pars 6.5p per kW/h, this is based on the unit rate they pay EDF for supply. This makes maths on solar ROI very challenging. Compared with the €0.10 paid in France for example.

3) JE charge commercial solar deployments a 'standby' charge, completely disincentivising commercial deployments where JE themselves aren't doing the deployment.

4) The JE tariff structuring does not help, a customer who has air-sourced heating, solar, and an electric vehicle is effectively punished by the structured of the JE E20 tariff.





Why the contribution is important

If we want to incentivise Solar and EV take up, we need to make some changes to make it more practical and cost effective. 

In a nutshell we need planners to be pragmatic on solar deployments and JE need some competition.

by benjycov on February 24, 2021 at 10:04AM

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  • Posted by Jerriaisjanne February 24, 2021 at 11:09

    Completely agree. The new Island Plan needs to ensure that solar panels can be installed on the roof of any non-Listed building without the need for planning permission!
  • Posted by JerseyElectricity February 26, 2021 at 11:09

    Hi @benjycov and @Jerriaisjanne, thanks for your comments. Renewables and batteries are transforming energy markets but we all need to pay a fair share to deliver electricity to Jersey’s homes and businesses. The Standby Charge is designed to ensure commercial embedded generators who still want grid services and power backup pay their share of the cost of that backup.
  • Posted by jsykm February 27, 2021 at 15:02

    And another thing!
    I have currently applied for permission to build a garage, with 6 solar panels on the roof.
    Planning are charging £64.50 per panel, just to consider planning permission. Total £350 odd pounds on top of my planning bill. And I may not even get it agreed. It's punitive charges for me considering renuables.
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