Ed Miliband Adds His Weight to Solar FITs Fight

Labour Party Minister Ed Miliband has joined the solar Fits fight, by adding his political weight behind a campaign designed to force the Government to rethink its plans for the feed-in tariff scheme.

Aiming to trigger a Parliamentary debate, the Labour leader has tabled an motion against the Government’s decision to reduce the feed-in tariff for solar installations in excess of 50kW. The motion has been signed by Ed Miliband and shadow energy ministers Meg Hillier and Huw Irranca-Davies.

The cuts to the feed-in tariff, which will effectively put an end to the UK solar power industry beyond the domestic sector, come just as other major EU countries plan a massive increase in solar to meet 2020 electricity demand.

Commenting on Energy Minister Greg Barker’s decision to plow ahead with the dramatic feed-in tariff cuts, Mr Irranca-Davies said it was a big blow to British Industry.

“A decision such as this which fundamentally alters the future for the solar industry in the UK deserves real debate, where MPs can question the Minister on his rash and ill-thought out decision. It should not be snuck quietly through the Commons,” he added.

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