UK government to pursue Supreme Court appeal over solar subsidy cut

The UK government is to seek a Supreme Court appeal over its proposed cut to solar panel subsidies, defying calls from businesses and consumers to accept today’s Court of Appeal ruling that the cut was unlawful.

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne said, “The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court ruling on FITs albeit on different grounds. We disagree and are seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

“We have already put before Parliament changes to the regulations that will bring a 21p rate into effect from April for solar pv installations from 3 March to help reduce the pressure on the budget and provide as much certainty as we can for consumers and industry.

“We want to maximise the number of installations that are possible within the available budget rather than use available money to pay a higher tariff to half the number of installations. Solar PV can have strong and vibrant future in UK and we want a lasting FITs scheme to support that future and jobs in the industry.”

Simon Lovering, Director at Eco Innovations, a Sussex-based solar panel installer and renewable energy consultant said that it is time for Mr Huhne to recognize that solar is the future.

‘We welcome the decision and do not expect that there will be sufficient ‘new information’ to warrant a further appeal in the Supreme Court, and I feel that such an appeal would be a waste of the ‘public purse’.’

‘As Solar PV installers, it is our responsibility to offer renewable energy installations to customers that represents value whilst making a difference to our environment.’

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