Green group threatens legal action over FiTs review

Green charity Friends of the Earth is preparing to launch legal proceedings against the UK Government for it’s decision to drastically cut subsidies for solar manufacturing in the UK. Friends […]

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By Tom Gibson

Green charity Friends of the Earth is preparing to launch legal proceedings against the UK Government for it’s decision to drastically cut subsidies for solar manufacturing in the UK.

Friends of the Earth’s energy campaigner Donna Hume said: “There are potential legal issues surrounding the recent cuts to the FiTs. We’re concerned about the early implementation date and the level of the cuts, so our lawyers are looking into it.”

Earlier this week DECC announced that by April 2012, subject to consultation, the level of subsidy for solar would be more than halved for schemes up to 4kW in size of 21p/kWh, down from the current 43.3p/kWh. Climate Change and Energy Minister Greg Barker said: “My priority is to put the solar industry on a firm footing so that it can remain a successful and prosperous part of the green economy, and so that it doesn’t fall victim to boom and bust.”

Miss Hume added: “Greg Barker says he wants to make subsidies fairer- but the new rates mean that unless you have significant savings, you’re unlikely to be able to afford solar panels. The Government should be encouraging more people- not fewer- to save money by making their own electricity, freeing us from the stranglehold of the Big Six energy firms who are pushing up our bills.”