It’s hard to imagine building companies and Friends of the Earth getting together to sue the Government, but in December this is exactly what happened. Last February, I installed a small 1.2 Kilowatt Peak (KwP) system of solar (PV) panels on my roof. Since then, I have received 2 Feed-In Tariff (FIT) cheques, and am now awaiting the 3rd.
Even better, my monthly electricity payment is now a paltry £20 – yes, £20. With the FIT income alone the system will pay for itself in 10 years, but taking account of the reduction in my electricity bills it’s more like 5 years. But ministers Chris Huhne & Greg Barker suddenly announced on 31st October that any new PV systems fitted after 12th December would only attract FIT payments of 21p from 1st April. A so-called consultation on this change was simultaneously announced, but as it finished 2 weeks after the 12th December, most people regarded it as a charade. A judge then found that the Government had acted unlawfully … //
… Redundancy notices have been served on numerous electricians and scaffolders as orders have been cancelled. People who can personally raise cash (mostly owner- occupiers) have benefitted, while tenants, usually on more limited incomes, have not. Huhne and Barker are now planning to appeal the judgement. Why don’t they just accept they have created a complete car crash by reducing FIT so suddenly?
Why not reduce it from 1st April 2012, as originally planned, instead of reducing it to a point suddenly where a new industry is destroyed, & thousands of jobs lost? (full text).