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Petition DECC to urgently review the current approach to the solar feed in tariff

Petition DECC to urgently review the current approach to the solar feed in tariff

Today (27/08/15) DECC announced a proposed cut of the Solar Feed In Tariff by 87% by January 2016. A variety of recent cuts by government to support solar and renewable energy will cause a loss of affordable clean energy choices, taking away power from people and handing it back to big energy firms.

Why is this important?

Jobs at risk

The cost of solar panels since 2007 has fallen by over 70%. It is now the cheapest of all renewable technologies. This week, India announced the creation of 50 solar cities. Solar around the world is booming. In a few years, it won't need any support at all.

But the UK Government seems to want to do everything it can to kill solar before we get to that point – and risk tens of thousands of jobs in the process.

This is not the first time the Government has tried to kill the feed-in tariff, the scheme that pays people to feed clean electricity into the national grid from their solar panels.

Back in 2011 Government tried to kill off 90% of the scheme with retrospective cuts. Friends of the Earth, together with the solar industry, took the Government to court - and won. Ministers were forced to backtrack.

But once more, 35,000 jobs in the solar industry are on the line.

(Quote from Friends of the Earth and image credit to intel free press)


Reasons for signing

  • Nine months ago when I installed solar panels the feed-in-tariff was 13p/unit. Now the government has cut it to 4p/unit...and because my application went missing I am on the 4p tariff. That's not the way to encourage renewable technology. And yet they are happy to spend £2 billion on a new nuclear plant.
  • It will not encourage anyone to install solar panels or export electricity.
  • I have signed because I have children and care about their future.

Updates

2015-10-22 16:51:22 +0100

100 signatures reached

2015-10-21 12:02:12 +0100

50 signatures reached

2015-10-19 08:50:37 +0100

25 signatures reached

2015-10-16 20:43:22 +0100

10 signatures reached