DECC take solar case to Supreme Court to maximise installations

The solar saga took another turn today as the Energy and Climate Change Secretary announced DECC would appeal the latest decision made by the courts. Chris Huhne said: “The Court […]

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By Tom Gibson

The solar saga took another turn today as the Energy and Climate Change Secretary announced DECC would appeal the latest decision made by the courts.

Chris Huhne said: “The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court ruling on FITs albeit on different grounds. We disagree and are seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

“We have already put before Parliament changes to the regulations that will bring a 21p rate into effect from April for solar pv installations from 3 March to help reduce the pressure on the budget and provide as much certainty as we can for consumers and industry.”

The recent decision by the courts means more money is available for anyone installing solar panels until 3 March and DECC say paying a higher rate isn’t good for the industry in the long run.

Mr Huhne added: “We want to maximise the number of installations that are possible within the available budget rather than use available money to pay a higher tariff to half the number of installations. Solar PV can have strong and vibrant future in UK and we want a lasting FITs scheme to support that future and jobs in the industry.”