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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what account he took of the tax revenues raised previously from businesses supplying photovoltaic systems when determining the reduction in the rate of the feed-in tariff at 50 per cent.; what estimate he has made of the impact on photovoltaic business suppliers' viability of reducing the rate of the feed-in tariff by 50 per cent.; and if he will make a statement.
The impact assessment supporting the consultation on FITs for solar PV:
http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/11/consultation/fits-comp-review-p1/3416-fits-IA-solar-pv-draft.pdf sets out the impact on the level of employment as a result of the change to the feed-in tariffs. It estimates that 1,000 to 10,000 gross full-time employee jobs could be supported in this sector in the three years to 2014-15 under the proposals. This estimate relates to solar PV installations only and does not account for jobs created as a result of the proposed energy efficiency requirement.
The impact assessment did not consider previous tax revenues.