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Gov't loses last-ditch appeal on FITs

After weeks of legal wrangling, the Supreme Court has thrown out the government's appeal against an earlier ruling that its 12 December deadline for changes to the Feed-in Tariff for solar PV was illegal. This means that people who had solar panels installed between 12 December 2011 and 3 March 2012 will now receive the higher rate tariff of 43.3 pence per kilowatt hour for the full 25-year term of the tariff, instead of the 21p rate being introduced on 1 April 2012. No further appeals are now possible.

FOE wins legal challenge

Thumbs-up from FOE's Executive Director, Andy Atkins, at the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the legal challenge to the 12 December FITs deadline

The legal challenge was originally brought by Friends of the Earth (FOE) and two solar PV companies (see Legal tussle leaves FITs in a tangle). FOE's Executive Director, Andy Atkins, described the ruling as a landmark decision, and said that "the government must now get on with the urgent task of restoring confidence in UK solar power".

Energy Secretary Ed Davey responded by saying "We are disappointed by the decision of the Supreme Court...but the Court's decision draws a line under the case."