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Solar subsidies ruling postponed

The Court of Appeal failed to reach a judgement on Friday on the legality of the government’s recent reduction in feed in tariff (Fit) rates for solar photovoltaic energy schemes.

It could now take up to three weeks for the Court of Appeal to make a ruling on the case because the judges need more time and a new hearing date not scheduled yet. The government is attempting to overturn a High Court ruling that its handling of solar subsidies had been illegal. The appeal challenges the winning case brought by environmental charity Friends of the Earth and solar firms Solarcentury and HomeSun.

Under Fits, those who install solar panels are paid for the electricity they generate. The tariff was reduced from 43p per kWh to 21p on 12 December. The new rate remains unchanged, with Friends of the Earth claiming up to 30,000 jobs are at risk. Contractor Carillion recently warned 4,500 staff that their jobs were at risk as a result of the planned cuts.

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