04 Jan '12, 1am

Time to draw the curtain on solar feed-in tariff farce

Three months ago the solar industry was a shining success story in a UK renewables sector enjoying a period of unprecedented expansion. Three months on and a series of misjudgements and miscalculations means the sector has been thrown into a crippling period of limbo with several more months of costly confusion in the offing . Today the government will attempt to bring the crisis to some sort of resolution by appealing against last month's court ruling that the decision to effectively impose cuts to feed-in tariffs before the end of the consultation period was "retrospective" and "unlawful". But the chances of any real clarity being delivered as a result of the appeal hearing look remote. When issuing his ruling Judge Mitting offered a clear warning to the government that there was little chance an appeal would prove successful. Moreover, if the appeal is successful all we...

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