Climate minister Greg Barker has announced that the government will appeal a High Court ruling that declared cuts to the Feed in Tariff payments for solar panels were illegal.
The government recently announced that new solar installations completed after December 12 2011 would receive 21p per kWh generated from April 1 2012, whereas those completed before this date would continue to receive the higher rate of 43p per kWh.
However, the official consultation into the scheme did not end until December 23, so a complaint was brought about by Friends of the Earth and two solar companies. This complaint was upheld by Mr Justice Mitting who said that the government breached rules on consultations.
The government was given until January 4 to appeal and Greg Barker announced on micro-blogging site Twitter that the government has requested an appeal, despite the judge saying that there would be a limited chance of success.
It is thought that if the government loses this appeal, the higher rates will be paid to homeowners until February whereas if they win, the December 12 deadline will be upheld.
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