Thursday, 17 March 2011

UK renewable energy FIT cuts could cost thousands of jobs

Possible cuts to the UK’s feed-in tariffs (FITs) will cost the country thousands of jobs, according to supporters of the industry.

Chris Huhne, the Energy and Climate Change Minister, told parliament that employment in UK solar companies had increased by 10,000 since FITs were first introduced in April.

Up to 17,000 people are estimated to be employed by the industry in early 2011, he said, a number which may grow to 30,000 in a year’s time.

‘It is utterly amazing that only ten months into this hugely popular and successful scheme the ministers are putting employment in the sector at risk,’ said Howard Johns, chairman of the Solar Trade Association.

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