Government loses solar panel tariff cut appeal

The government has failed in an appeal against a decision which blocked its attempts to reduce solar subsidies.
The Court of Appeal case involved the government’s move to halve the payments made to households with solar panels which it says are unsustainable. The government has said it will seek to take the case to the UK’s Supreme Court.
Under the feed-in tariffs programme, people in Britain with solar panels are paid for the electricity they generate. The ruling will not affect household that have installed panels before the changes on 12 December.
Energy and Climate Change secretary Chris Huhne said, “We want to maximise the number of installations that are possible within the available budget rather than use available money to pay a higher tariff to halve the number of installations.”

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