Friday 13th- DECC’s unlucky day?

The outcome to the controversial solar Feed-in Tariff review will be decided this Friday after the Court of Appeal confirmed they will hear the Government’s challenge to the High Court […]

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By Tom Gibson

The outcome to the controversial solar Feed-in Tariff review will be decided this Friday after the Court of Appeal confirmed they will hear the Government’s challenge to the High Court ruling, which judged their amendments to the policy as “unlawful.”

Should the Government be granted permission to appeal it will do so on the same day, the court has decided. Last week Climate Minister Greg Barker admitted to Business Green that the scheme had exceeded its budget limit: “Every one home that gets the 43p rate means there are two homes that cannot get the 21p rate… For the current year we are in the red and there is the potential that next year will be in the red.”

The decision to appeal has further aggravated those in the solar industry who want a stable platform for the once blossoming industry. Friends of the Earth’s Policy and Campaigns Director Craig Bennett said: “Ministers’ insistence on continuing with the appeal process will simply add to the cloud of uncertainty hanging over the solar industry and the thousands of jobs at stake.