UK solar company enters administration

Southern Solar has announced it has entered into administration. The company stated it went bust as a consequence of “the government’s recent changes to the Feed-in Tariff scheme”. The firm’s […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Southern Solar has announced it has entered into administration.

The company stated it went bust as a consequence of “the government’s recent changes to the Feed-in Tariff scheme”.

The firm’s CEO Howard Johns said it is “madness that the UK Government should sabotage UK jobs and businesses in this growing sector”.

He added: “The demise of Southern Solar is the latest example of human misery generated by the misguided policy of the current government – which is on the wrong side of history and is acting counter to public opinion.

“With less than two months before crucial global climate talks open in Paris the UK Government has unleashed some profoundly shortsighted and damaging policy changes on the UK renewables sector. This makes a mockery of any claim the UK might have to be offering global leadership on climate change.”

DECC said “it is disappointing” the firm has gone into liquidation and “we sympathise with those affected”.

A spokesperson added: “Our priority is to keep bills as low as possible for hardworking families and businesses. Government support has driven down the cost of renewable energy significantly and these costs are continuing to fall. We are protecting existing investment and bill payers while reducing our emissions in the most cost-effective way.”

Solar companies Mark Group and Climate Energy also entered into administration earlier this month.