FITs campaigners take fight to court

Solar businesses are clubbing together for a day in court to fight the Government over its decision to change the criteria around renewables funding.

Last month government officials took a cleaver to the Feed-In Tariffs (FITS) scheme slashing funding for larger solar PV projects.

The group, of both business and individuals, are taking the joint action to London’s High Court claiming targeting ground mounted, grid connected solar PV projects at the larger end of the tariff bands are the most cost effective and efficient of the range of possible applications of the technology.

Amongst the businesses and individuals who this week filed for a judicial review against the Government’s decision to cut the top up revenues for renewable power are Alectron Investments, Element Power Ltd and Juwi Renewable Energies.

Low Carbon Solar UK chief executive, Mark Shorrock, speaking for the group of business said the decision was ‘irrational’ in the context of promoting investment in renewable energy.

He said: “We now feel the only course of action left to us as a group is to seek a judicial review

“In pulling back on a commitment to support solar energy, the Government will cause the abandonment of hundreds of community scale schemes.

“The cost of not getting this right now, aside from the Government meeting its climate change targets, include the creation of new jobs, a diversified income for farmers and landowners, reduced energy costs for businesses and the provision of more secure and reliable energy for the UK.”

Other business and individuals involved in the action are, Lark Energy, MO3 Power, Donald Anderson, Guy Anderson, Kate Kenyon and The Green Company (Europe).

Luke Walsh

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