Government labelled "clumsy" over FiT fiasco

MPs have berated the Government over their handling of the solar FiTs case and are demanding a clear resolution from DECC with regards to tariff rates. The Government lost its […]

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By Tom Gibson

MPs have berated the Government over their handling of the solar FiTs case and are demanding a clear resolution from DECC with regards to tariff rates.

The Government lost its appeal that solar PV Feed-in Tariffs could be lawfully reduced from April 2012 for solar panels installed after the 12th December 2011.

Joan Walley, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee said: “The Government’s clumsy handling of the consultation on feed-in tariffs has created much uncertainty in the solar industry and wider energy sector.”

The Energy Secretary announced earlier that the Government would be taking the lost case to the Supreme Court in a bid to save the FiT budget being blown out of the water.

Jean Lambert, Green MEP forLondon hoped a line might be drawn under the matter to steady the industry: “I hope that today’s judgement represents a light at the end of the tunnel for the solar industry, and goes some way in providing stability to a thriving and innovative industry that just weeks ago was over shadowed by the prospect of mass job losses and an uncertain future.”

Joan Walley agreed: “The Government must now work quickly to set out how the scheme will operate within the existing legal framework to give certainty to households, community groups and the sector.”