Labour leader Ed Miliband joins solar FITs fight
Labour party leader Ed Miliband has thrown his political weight behind a campaign to force the Government to rethink its plans for solar Feed-In Tariffs (FITs).
Today (July 1) the Labour leader tabled a motion aimed at triggering a Parliamentary debate on the proposed 70% cuts to FITs scheme’s payments for energy generated through solar panels over 50kW.
The cuts will effectively end the UK industry beyond the domestic sector, just as other major EU economies plan a massive increase in solar to meet 2020 electricity demand.
The Labour Party tabled an early day motion against the Government’s decision to reduce the Feed-In Tariff for solar installations above 50KW.
It was signed by Ed Miliband, and shadow energy ministers Meg Hillier and Huw Irranca-Davies.
Mr Irranca-Davies said: “Minister Greg Barker’s decision to go ahead with the proposed dramatic Feed-In Tariff reductions for community, school and hospital schemes, is a big blow to British industry and betrays the government’s promise the be ‘the greenest government ever’.
“This decision not only risks thousands of jobs in an industry that was beginning to flourish, but shows there is no coherent plan for helping communities to produce green energy.
“A decision such as this which fundamentally alters the future for the solar industry in the UK deserves real debate, where MPs can question the Minister on his rash and ill-thought out decision. It should not be snuck quietly through the Commons.”
Click below to see Mr Irranca-Davies speaking to edie about FITs