David Hunt, a director with renewable energy company, Eco Environments, has stated that the government should call a halt to its legal action over Feed-in-Tariffs (FiTs) for solar power following the resignation of energy secretary Chris Huhne.
Hunt said, “While this is no doubt a sad day for Chris Huhne personally, his resignation provides his successor Ed Davey with the opportunity to call a halt to the government’s legal action over Feed-in-Tariff subsidies.
“Such a move would send out a positive message to Britain’s beleaguered renewable energy that the government does not want to send hundreds of solar businesses to the wall and throw tens of thousands of workers on to the employment scrapheap.
“It was always going to be hard for Chris Huhne to make such a decision, but there is no reason why his successor should not make this the first priority in his in-tray and give a much needed shot in the arm to an industry which offers so much exciting potential for Britain’s economy.”
A recent Court of Appeal ruling means that any solar PV installations installed, commissioned and registered between 12th December last year and 3rd March this year should receive the higher Feed-in-Tariff rate of 43.3p for the next 25 years.
Customers who register on or after 3rd March should also qualify for the higher rate until 1st April when it will drop to 21p. The only way this would change is if the government were to be successful in any appeal to the supreme court with installations post 12th December reverting to 21p rather than the higher rate of 43.3p.
David added, “The solar industry and consumers interested in renewable energy solutions for their homes have been plunged into a tailspin of uncertainty and confusion by the actions of Mr Huhne and his department. The energy secretary’s resignation provides the opportunity for ministers act decisively and in the best interests of British jobs and long-term environmental sustainability.”