Opposition gets solar power debate

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Cuts to Government support for solar power will be debated in the Commons next week.

Labour has tabled a motion for an Opposition Day debate on Wednesday, claiming the plans risk jobs and threaten to wreck the solar industry in the UK.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change has announced a consultation on halving subsidies but has faced criticism for proposing to bring in the change on units installed from December 12 – before the consultation ends on December 23.

Shadow Energy Secretary and Don Valley MP Caroline Flint said: “The Government’s cuts to Feed-In Tariffs will hit families, put thousands of jobs at risk and destroy the solar industry.

“This is just the latest example of a Government which is out of touch, cutting too far and too fast, with no plan for jobs and growth.

“Every part of the country will be hit if these proposals go ahead - so I’m calling on all MPs to put aside party loyalties, stand up for their constituents and get behind Labour’s Save Our Solar campaign.”

In a statement on October 31, Energy Minister Greg Barker said the Government had “no option” but to act to ensure Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) continued to be sustainable.

The Keep Britain Tidy Eco-Schools campaign said it was worried about the impact on its goal of making UK schools greener.

It said 1,350 schools could benefit from solar panels before March 2012 but the proposed cuts would mean 1,000 losing out.

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