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Solar Energy

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2011, Official Report, column 259W, on solar energy, whether he intends to intervene to prevent any (a) applications for solar farms currently in planning and (b) future applications to the feed-in tariffs scheme from proceeding.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Following the spending review announcement last October, and our concerns about proposed large industrial-scale green field solar farms distorting the available funding for roof top and other innovative solar technologies, my officials are monitoring the situation closely. We stand ready to take measures to limit the access of such schemes to FITs if that is shown to be necessary.

The Government will not act retrospectively and any changes implemented will only affect new entrants into the FITs scheme. Installations which are already accredited for FITs will not be affected.

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