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Judicial review granted over FiT cuts

The High Court has ruled today that the judicial review of the government’s Feed-in Tariff cuts will be heard next Tuesday and Wednesday.

The case has been brought by SolarCentury, HomeSun and Friends of the Earth, following the government’s decision to reduce the tariff for smaller installations by more than 50 per cent.

The new rate came into effect last Monday (12 December), although the date for the consultation to end is not until 23 December.

FoE states that its legal challenge is part of its Final Demand campaign, which calls for a public inquiry into the control influenced by the big six energy companies.

Andy Atkins, FoE executive director, said: “We’re delighted the High Court has given the go-ahead to our legal challenge - we believe Government plans to abruptly slash solar subsidies are not only unfair, but illegal.

“These proposals have already had a disastrous impact on the solar industry - fledgling clean businesses have had the rug pulled from under their feet and a shadow hangs over thousands of jobs.

“Ministers must change direction and put the solar industry at the forefront of building a clean safe future.”

The parties involved had originally filed three separate suites, which have since been combined into one.