Saturday, 7 January 2012

Solar judgement day: Friday 13th

Will Friday 13th be unlucky for the government or for the UK solar industry? Neither, as I'm not superstitious, but one of them's going to be suffering at the end of that day...

The long-running battle over the future of the UK's solar feed-in tariff incentives could finally be resolved on Friday 13 January.

Lawyers acting for Friends of the Earth, one of the organisations leading legal action against the coalition's handling of proposed cuts to solar incentives, have been told the government's appeal hearing against a High Court ruling declaring its proposed changes to the scheme as unlawful has been scheduled for the ominous date.

The hearing will be "rolled-up" so that the application for permission to appeal and – if it is granted – the appeal itself will be held on the same day.

The hearing will be held earlier than had been expected, with sources initially suggesting that the hearing was likely to be held during the week of 16 January.

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It's going to be very interesting to see what the outcome is...


UPDATE 27/01/2012
Well, the government got permission to appeal, but then lost the appeal. However, they can still go to the Supreme Court, so it's not over yet...

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