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UK solar installation rates to fall 'drastically'

The UK's Renewable Energy Association (REA) says the latest fast-track review of solar feed-in tariffs in the UK could have been avoided had the industry been listened to.

By Kari Williamson

“For the industry the last 8 months have been like riding a roller coaster. A second fast track review of solar tariffs has become necessary, but could have been avoided had DECC taken our advice,” says Gaynor Hartnell, Chief Executive of the REA.

“The REA had called for a more modest reduction some time ago. Had this been done, we’d have seen less boom and bust and the transition arrangements would be more straightforward. The installation rate is likely to fall drastically, and many of the 25,000 newly-employed in this industry may end up joining the dole queue. It is deeply regrettable that this technology, whose prices are falling so fast and which will inevitably have a bright future in the longer term, has had such a traumatic start in the UK.”

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