The UK government will be guilty of the “destruction of the solar industry” if it challenges the Court of Appeal ruling over feed-in-tariffs according to David Hunt, director of renewable energy company Eco Environments, who also stated “by arrogantly pursuing an appeal, which could take many months to resolve, it is willing to jeopardise the future of hundreds of companies and tens of thousands of jobs”
Earlier in the day, homeowners were given a short-term window of opportunity to enjoy a solar power “gold rush.” A Court of Appeal ruling means that any PV installations installed, commissioned and registered between December 12 2011 and March 3 2012 will receive the higher feed-in-tariff rate of 43.3p for the next 25 years. Customers who register on or after March 3 will qualify for the higher rate until April 1 when it will drop to 21p. The only way this could change is if the Government is successful with an appeal to the UK Supreme Court with installs post December 12th reverting to 21p rather than the higher rate of 43.3p.
David Hunt added: “This is an almighty kick in the teeth for the Government, but a fantastic result for consumers who have either gone ahead with an installation since December 12 or are keen to do so now.