01 Nov '11, 8pm

Is solar Britain’s new sunset industry?

Is solar Britain’s new sunset industry?

Photo: doggy Schnauzer Government treasury departments don't generally respond well to the idea that the environment matters, and here in the U.K. things are no different. Yesterday, Energy Minister Greg Barker announced proposals for a 50 percent reduction of the "feed-in tariff " -- a program that guarantees homeowners an income for the power they produce from solar photovoltaics (PV). In doing so, he is widely viewed to have lost an argument with the Treasury about whether the government should keep its investment in domestic solar power at levels that support wide-scale adoption. The original aim of the tariff, known as FIT, was to make solar energy attractive at both domestic and small commercial scale by giving investors confidence in getting a return within a reasonable timeframe. It's now all coming together as a classic British bodge, a story that begins with gran...

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