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Friends of the Earth Win Solar Legal Challenge
- Published: Thursday, 29 December 2011 10:41
Friends of the Earth has won its legal challenge against the Government in High Court. Along with two solar companies we took the Government to court over their plans to slash support for solar energy.
After two days in court the Judge ruled in our favour calling the Government's plans "legally flawed".
"These botched and illegal plans have cast a huge shadow over the solar industry, jeopardising thousands of jobs. We hope this ruling will prevent ministers rushing through damaging changes to clean energy subsidies - giving solar firms a much-needed confidence boost." said Andy Atkins, Friends of the Earth's Executive Director
Illegal and unfair
Government proposed cutting the amount of cash-back - known as feed-in tariffs - for solar projects installed after 12 December. But this date was 11 days before the official consultation on the plans closed. The Judge agreed with Friends of the Earth that this approach was illegal.
The Government's proposals have already caused thousands of planned or unfinished solar projects to be shelved.
Government must act
Following today's ruling the Government must act now to get solar back on track by:
- Providing more money for feed-in tariffs.
- Supporting solar projects in schools and social housing.
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