Government solar win will put industry in turmoil

Should DECC win their appeal over the scrap for solar subsidies they will do more harm than good. These were the words of the managing director of a Sussex-based solar […]

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By Tom Gibson

Should DECC win their appeal over the scrap for solar subsidies they will do more harm than good. These were the words of the managing director of a Sussex-based solar panel installer.

Simon Lovering, Managing Director of Eco Innovations said: “If the Government wins its appeal then it will simply throw the renewable energy industry into turmoil. As it stands we are providing quotations for both domestic and commercial installations, based on the proposed new tariff, but cannot say with certainty that this is what the customer will actually receive.

As solar manufacturers and installers hold their breath over the result on Wednesday, they do so in the knowledge that should Government win, the current cut-off date of December 12 will stand.

Manufacturers have complained that confused policy is causing anxiety in the industry. Mr Lovering added: “We achieved a three-month turnover within six weeks. Therefore, we have entered 2012 with a cloud of uncertainty hanging over our industry which makes it very difficult for us to operate. The cuts are necessary and we need certainty to revitalise and stimulate the marketplace.”