Solar firms entitled to compensation for unlawful cut to support
The High Court has ruled today (Wednesday 9 July 2014) that solar firms are entitled to compensation following an unlawful Government decision in 2011 to introduce policy changes to solar feed-in tariff payments.
Reacting to the news, Andrew Pendleton, Head of Campaigns at Friends of the Earth, which was one of the organisations that successfully challenged the Government decision to cut the tariff, said:
“The Government’s cack-handed and unlawful attempt to cut support for solar power could cost it millions of pounds.
“This money would have been better spent encouraging homes and businesses to develop their own clean energy and help wean Britain off dirty fossil fuels.
“Ministers should make the provision for a stable support framework for UK renewable power, including the feed-in tariff, a top priority – instead of constantly looking for ways to undermine its huge potential.”
Notes to editors:
1. High Court rules solar firms entitled to compensation over illegal subsidy cuts: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2354432/breaking-high-court-rules-solar-firms-entitled-to-compensation-over-illegal-subsidy-cuts
2. UK government loses solar feed-in tariff bid (23/3/2012 | Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/mar/23/uk-government-solar-feed-in-tariff
3. More than half a million households in the UK now have solar power.