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Govt seeks to continue FIT fight - 26/01/2012

Individuals looking to get cheap energy by fitting solar panels to their home may be put off from the renovation due to continuing confusion over the rate of Feed-in Tariffs (FITs).

Yesterday, the Court of Appeal upheld an earlier verdict ruling the government's decision to slash rates for all application made after December 12th was illegal.

However, despite the court stating the case cannot be taken further, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has signalled its intention to continue the fight.

Secretary of state for energy Chris Huhne said the DECC disagrees with the decision and will seek permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

He added the government's aim is to reduce the pressure on the budget and ensure as many people as possible can benefit from the green energy source.

"Solar PV (photovoltaic) can have strong and vibrant future in UK and we want a lasting FITs scheme to support that future and jobs in the industry," Mr Huhne said.

However, the DECC was urged by Consumer Focus' energy expert Liz Laine to "draw a line" under the issue, as an ongoing legal battle is likely to further damage consumer confidence in the FIT initiative.

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