New Feed-in Tariff price control due tomorrow

DECC is announcing new plans to control the cost of its solar subsidy tomorrow. The solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) has been at the heart of controversy ever since DECC tried […]

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By Vicky Ellis

DECC is announcing new plans to control the cost of its solar subsidy tomorrow.

The solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) has been at the heart of controversy ever since DECC tried to halve it to rein in spiralling costs. Two solar companies and campaign group Friends of the Earth took then Energy Secretary Chris Huhne to court over the plans earlier this month.

A spokesperson for DECC confirmed the new cost control for adjusting the FiTs rate will be unveiled tomorrow.

Howard Johns of the Solar Trade Association, which took part in the Cut Don’t Kill campaign against cuts to the FiT, wrote on the social networking site Twitter this afternoon: “A new model of feed-in tariff will be announced tomorrow. Ambition of 22GW by 2020 – a challenging target for all.”

Responding, Climate Change Minister Greg Barker tweeted: “My #new solar ambition [is] a reformed FiT to deliver 22GW of pv by 2020. Yes, 22GW!”