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Community schemes at risk after FiT cuts

The government faces yet more opposition to its reduction of the Feed-in Tariff, as the Church of England and National Trust join those voicing objections to the move.

The two organisations have written to the government to highlight the plight of community solar power schemes, which they claim have been adversely affected, the BBC News website reports.

The latest reductions indicate a move away from localised renewable energy projects, they state.

Both the CoE and NT have encouraged communities to become engaged in localised energy schemes and now want the government to set a target for community energy generation.

The latest reductions in the Feed-in Tariff unfairly penalises this type of scheme, they state in their letter to Greg Barker, Climate Change Minister.

The letter was also signed by think-tank Forum for the Future and charitable consultants Carbon Leapfrog.

One of the recommendations within the letter was a request for higher tariffs for community schemes.