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Thursday 17th May 2012 | 11:59
Following comments on Twitter by Energy Minister Greg Barker last night that the government is considering delaying the next round of Solar Feed in Tariff cuts, please find below a statement from the Cut Don’t Kill campaign.Howard Johns, spokesman for the Cut Don’t Kill campaign, said:
“This freeze needs to be genuine and not cosmetic. Any further cuts to solar tariffs should not take place until at least October. After the policy shambles of the past six months, the solar industry needs adequate time to get back on its feet.
In reality, Greg Barker had little choice but to announce a delay to the cuts hurriedly on Twitter last night - the legal deadline to implement them on 1 July expired on Monday.
But it doesn’t matter how we’ve got here – what’s important now is that the government does what’s right for the long term future of solar energy.
For months the Cut Don’t Kill campaign has been warning that the government is cutting too far and too fast in the solar sector. Panel installations are 50% down on a year ago and over 6,000 jobs have been lost in the industry since last summer. We take no pleasure in being proven right but hope the government will now take the opportunity to implement solar policy that is sensible and sustainable.”