The recent upheaval surrounding the Government’s Feed in Tariff for small scale renewable energy generation has added uncertainty into this marketplace. Is it now as appealing for housing associations to install potentially expensive technology, such as solar PV, on new builds, as it was just one year ago? Perhaps not, and testament to this are the number of micro generation schemes either shelved or put up for review recently by HA’s.
April saw the official announcement of a “double dip” recession, and the DCLG tells us that housing starts in England in the first quarter were 15% down on last year. So why are the housebuilders sounding so cheerful and what do their pronouncements mean for the materials producers and sellers?