Government loses landmark solar case

The Government has lost its case against the solar industry to cut support for the Feed-in Tariff. The decision came as a surprise to those in the industry and many […]

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By Tom Gibson

The Government has lost its case against the solar industry to cut support for the Feed-in Tariff. The decision came as a surprise to those in the industry and many expect DECC will now approach the Supreme Court.

A DECC spokesperson told ELN: “The Court of Appeal has upheld the ruling of the High Court. We’re now considering our options.”

Friends of the Earth, who took the Government to Court, says any move to challenge the decision further will create even more uncertainty and is urging Ministers to safeguard the industry rather than wasting more time and money on further appeals.

Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director Andy Atkins said: “This landmark judgement confirms that devastating Government plans to rush through cuts to solar payments are illegal – and will prevent Ministers from causing industry chaos with similar cuts in future.”

Before Christmas the High Court ruled that Government plans to cut payments for any solar scheme completed after 12 December were unlawful.

DECC are now likely to introduce the contingency date of March 3 for the start of the 21p rate for solar PV and not the original December 12 deadline, meaning those with solar PV will earn twice as much in the meantime.