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Greg Barker: July Feed-in Tariff cuts could be delayed

Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker has confirmed the government is planning to delay proposed cuts to Feed-in Tariffs in July.

The Solar Trade Association said this week that total installed capacity for the past four weeks was 17.4MW, against a four-weekly average of 71MW over the past year.

Further cuts were set to come into effect on 1 July after the protracted legal battle over cuts to FiTs announced in December were followed by new rates in April.

Mr Barker said on Twitter: “Having listened carefully to industry, we are looking at scope for pushing back a little the next proposed reduction in the solar tariffs.”

Responding to claims there would be more industry uncertainty, he added: “On the contrary,we are listening carefully to industry & full details of new much improved FITs regime will be published v shortly.”

The STA has written to DECC calling for a delay in the July FiTs cuts. Chairman Alan Aldridge added: “The STA has been seeking to counter the public confusion around solar in a bid to reignite the market (the Feed-in Tariff offers a ROI today which is as good as when it was first launched), but this effort will take some time to translate into sales.

“There is no doubt that solar is in better shape now than last autumn, but we need the Government to allow the market to adjust to changing circumstances before introducing the next round of tariff cuts.”

Mr Barker also confirmed he had held talks with Prime Minister David Cameron and deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on the Green Deal.

He said: “Terrific meeting with PM & DPM on [Green Deal] at No10. Strong support but lots more to do before launch in autumn, so full steam ahead!”

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