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The government has decided to cut subsidies to householders installing roof top solar panels by 65% just days after agreeing to move swiftly to a low-carbon energy future at the climate change conference in Paris.
An impact assessment study undertaken by the Department of Energy and Climate Change admits that up to 18,700 of the industry’s total 32,000 jobs could be wiped out by its move.
But the government believes that a need to protect wider energy bills from the rising impact of renewable energy subsidies justifies paying roof top solar installers 4.39p per kilowatt hour from February instead of the existing 12.47p.
The new figure means Amber Rudd, the energy and climate change secretary, has rowed back from an original proposal to slash subsidies by 87% to 1.63p after a storm of criticism.
This will not help to reach the targets agreed in Paris, it's saying one thing and doing the other.
However it means that we now have all of January for you to get those panels installed.