Today marks the first full year since the Feed-in-tariff (FIT) have been introduced. Government figures released today show a record of 11,314 PV systems fitted over the first three months of 2011, despite the perceived threat to feed-in tariff levels posed by the government's early review. This means that over 28,000 solar PV installations have been connected as householders rush to take advantage of payments for producing clean green electricity.
The governments surprise review in February this year unsettled renewable energy installers as the review threatened to review the FIT incentive which has not only encouraged homeowners to reduce their carbon footprint by installing these new technologies, but also produced a demand for jobs in this rapidly-growing industry.
By reviewing the system, the government seems to be pulling back on the original commitment to support solar energy; FIT incentives were originally fixed until 2012, and no changes were to be implemented until April 2013.
Since, a group of 11 solar firms have filed a claim in the High court yesterday to seek judicial review against Chris Huhne, the department of energy and climate change secretary (DECC), and his decision to launch yet another review of the incentives related to FIT for larger solar installations.
The DECC is widely expected to contest any judicial review as they suggest that cuts on these larger installations will stop large solar farms from ‘eating into the funds available for domestic rooftop installation,’ said DECC spokeswoman.
It seems the actual demand for installation was never anticipated to escalate by quite so much, this would suggest that the government ‘incentive budgets’ did not foresee this level of interest.
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