This month saw a modest drop in the feed-in tariff. The tariff for a typical 0-10 kWp domestic system is now 3.93p per kWh, down from 4p per kWh before Christmas.
And well down from the heady days of 2010, when the feed-in tariff scheme was first launched and the subsidy was 43p per kWh. So, are solar panels a good investment today?
Speaking purely from a financial view, the answer is a resounding yes. Of course beyond the financial, there are many other environmental benefits to be gained from installing solar, installing residential battery storage, driving an electric vehicle etc. Not least because they all contribute directly or indirectly to tackling air pollution, which, we are told, is gradually destroying the nation's health.
Back to the financials. The solar subsidy may have fallen, but so has the cost of the technology. Overall the cost of domestic solar electricity is now between 4p and 10p per kWh. This is well below the 15p average domestic import cost from the grid (which, by the way increased by 7% in the last 12 months....)