Judgement on government solar appeal due tomorrow

Judgment will be handed down at 10am tomorrow [Wednesday 25 January 2012] on the government’s appeal against last month’s High Court ruling that its plans to cut solar subsidy payments were illegal.

Following a legal challenge by Friends of the Earth and two solar firms, Solarcentury and HomeSun, the High Court ruled just before Christmas that government plans to cut payments for any solar scheme completed after 12 December 2011 – 11 days before an official consultation into the proposal had even closed – were unlawful.

The Court of Appeal will rule whether or not to allow the government appeal – and if it does, will give judgement on it. The government made its application for an appeal, and made the case for the appeal itself, at an earlier hearing.

Government plans to cut solar tariff payments have left the solar industry in shock, and put 29,000 jobs at risk.