Plans announced by the U.K.'s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to slash solar feed-in tariffs (FITs) are illegal, according to a court decision. The challenge had been filed by solar companies Solarcentury and HomeSun, as well as advocacy organization Friends of the Earth.
Solarcentury has argued that the DECC did not properly proceed through the consultation process required in order to change FITs. The DECC's FIT reductions, as originally announced, slashed the rate for installations under 4 kW to 21 pence/kWh – less than half their previous rate of 43.3 pence/kWh.
‘We encourage the Secretary of State to accept the judges' very clear ruling – not plunge the industry into a further period of uncertainty by considering going to appeal – and to conduct the remainder of the current consultation process properly with constructive conversations with the industry,’ says Jeremy Leggett, chairman of Solarcentury.