The Government Faces Backlash After Free Solar Panel Scheme Ends and Installations Drop

By Shabana Arif on at

Following a 94 per cent drop in the number of domestic installations of solar panels last month, the Labour Party is accusing the government of killing off the industry by axing subsidies.

Initially rolled out in 2010, Solarplicity's largest UK green energy scheme had plans for up to 800,000 low-income homes to get free solar panels over the course of five years. The £1 billion project was aimed at helping cut energy costs for those in social housing, and was expected to create 1,000 jobs.

That was soon put to an end with the announcement last year (via Energy Live News) that the Feed-in-Tariff scheme was coming to an end in April of this year.

Shadow business secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey, said that "the government, for some reason, appears to be determined to kill it off, while continuing to cheerlead for fracking," adding that "Parliament declared a climate emergency yet there is no evidence that this government takes this seriously."

Cabinet office minister, David Lidington, responded by stating that the UK has cut its greenhouse gas emissions faster than any other G7 nation since 2010, and that further plans in relation to climate change policies will be revealed "later this year". [The Guardian]

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