Monday, 22 October 2012

Five more solar companies join £50 million DECC damages claim


Five companies have announced that they will joining the three previous solar companies in requesting damages from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The companies claim that the "unlawful and unfair" cuts to the feed-in tariff caused substantial damages to the solar companies’ respective businesses.

Previously, three solar companies requested that the department agree to pay £2.2 million in damages or face the prospect of another High Court battle. DECC responded to the request in August, refuting all liability and refusing to pay the claimed damages after insisting it was not responsible for the losses.

Prospect Law, the legal team representing the previous claimants, has issued DECC with another formal ‘Letter Before Claim’ on behalf of the other five solar companies seeking damages. The move brings the total demand for compensation to approximately £50 million. Prospect Law expects more firms to come forward and file proceedings within the next few days.

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