Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 23rd September 2015.

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Photo of Ian Lucas Ian Lucas Labour, Wrexham

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, for what reasons the feed-in tariff review consultation did not consider the effect of changes to that tariff on levels of employment in the solar sector.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Numbers on employment in the sector are not robust enough to show how many jobs are supported directly by the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme, and for this reason it has not been possible to quantify with a high degree of confidence the impact of proposed changes on employment levels in the sector or the wider economy. We have asked a question in the FIT review consultation about the wider impact of changes.

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