Whilst this is not a total surprise coming from this Conservative Government given their track record of not supporting renewable energy, it is very disappointing to hear. One thing that needs to be made clear, the export tariff is not a subsidy. It is a payment made to generators of solar energy who provide energy to the grid. This should be paid for. Especially as the export tariff rates are currently in line with wholesale prices. This is very frustrating for the industry, especially as Claire Perry, Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, publicly stated that renewable power should not be provided to the grid for free. 

Whilst this is frustrating, the UK solar industry has been through worse and come through the other side. One thing's for sure, solar energy isn't going away.