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GreenDeal makes it to the starting blocks

With the passing of secondary legislation in the house of commons earlier this week, Green Deal and ECO have entered the delivery stage according to DECC. With the frameworks completed, the appointment of Gemserve and REAL to manage the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body, and the Ombudsman Service operating the Green Deal Ombudsman and […]

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Supreme Court denies DECC appeal on Feed-in Tariffs

The Supreme Court has today rejected an appeal bid by the Department of Energy and Climate Change over cuts to the Feed-in Tariff scheme for solar PV. A panel of Supreme Justices refused the Government leave to appeal an earlier High Court ruling that the cuts were unlawful. The decision leaves Energy Ministers out of legal options […]

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Barker commits to autumn launch of Green Deal

Greg Barker key note at Ecobuild

In a keynote speech on the opening day of Ecobuild, Minister of State Greg Barker re-committed the coalition to delivering the “Flagship” Green Deal programme in the Autumn. In a wide ranging speech Barker insisted that Green Deal was different to all other incentive schemes for energy efficiency stating that it is not just about […]

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Minister re-affirms Government’s commitment to PV

At a Pre-Ecobuild reception in the Houses of Parliament hosted by the BPVA, Minister of State Greg Barker once again spoke of the importance of the PV industry to be one of the major “transformational technologies” that drives Britain towards a lower Carbon Future. He said the Government were committed to working with manufacturers and […]

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Government looks to end uncertainty over future PV Feed-In Tariff

The Government has today laid out its plans to help get the Solar PV Market moving again by confirming the Feed in Tariff from March this year at 21.0p. This means that regardless of the decision of the Courts,and DECC’s appeal about the 12th December eligibility date, the industry can at last start to plan […]

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Industry reaction to High Court decision and Select Committee report

The Local Government Association (LGA) said ministers had “undermined confidence” in their “green agenda”. David Parsons, Chairman of the LGA Environment Board, said: “By rushing through cuts to subsidies at such short notice, Government caused the cancellation of thousands of solar panel installations and undermined confidence in its green agenda. “Councils were left with little […]

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Panicked changes could have “fatal impact” on Industry – MPs Report

The Government is undermining confidence in energy policy and hurting the UK solar industry by rushing through panicked changes to Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) without adequate notice to consumers and installers alike, according to a new report by MPs on two influential select committees. Tim Yeo MP, Chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Committee, said: […]

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Government announces plans to appeal

Energy Minister Greg Barker has said he disagrees with a High Court ruling that the Government’s plans to reduce the Feed-in Tariff for solar PV were unlawful. The Department of Energy and Climate Change has confirmed it will now seek an urgent appeal hearing in an attempt to have today’s ruling overturned. The two-day hearing […]

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High Court rules Feed In Tariff Cuts “Legally Flawed”

Plans to cut subsidies for solar panels on homes were yesterday ruled legally flawed by the High Court. The decision was a victory for environmental campaigners Friends of the Earth (FoE) and two solar companies – Solarcentury and HomeSun – who challenged the proposals and said they were creating “huge economic uncertainty”. Energy Secretary Chris […]

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Government hit by double whammy over FiT Cuts

Less than 10 hours after a Mr Justice Mitting ruled that the Government’s cut of the Feed in Tariff was “Legally Flawed”,  a joint report by two Parliamentary Select Committees said the panicked changes could have a “Fatal Impact” on the UK Solar Industry. On a dramatic day (Wednesday 21st December 2011) , the High […]

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