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Is the Future Bright for Solar Energy?
A Feed-In Tariff was introduced in the UK in April 2010 under the last Labour government, its purpose was to increase the capacity of renewable energy through incentives, lower the cost of renewable, create jobs and growth in the green economy and community awareness of renewable energy. However, this Tory-led Government has inflicted cuts on the solar industry that are damaging local business like Gough and Kelly.
Gough and Kelly, a British company founded in 1988- producing security systems for building, electrical contracting and metal fabrication, have opened a solar power department and supply systems from small domestic up to commercial installations.
However, the Government’s cuts have gone too far, too fast, and threaten to strangle the solar industry, rather than growing the green industry for the future.
Shadow Climate Change Minister Luciana Berger, who visited Gough and Kelly with Rachel last week, said:
“Companies like Gough and Kelly show how much of a success the solar industry has been for the UK. Unfortunately this Government’s decision to impose such sudden deep cuts to solar Feed-in Tariffs, threatens to kill off the industry. Their plans will hit families trying to protect themselves from soaring energy bills and put thousands of jobs and businesses at risk”
“It’s wrong that the Tory-led Government is threatening the future of businesses like Gough and Kelly.”
“When I visited this local Bramley business before Christmas I promised that I would highlight the issues they were facing; since then solar Feed-in Tariffs have been very much in the news and I am delighted that I could bring Luciana Berger MP with me on this return visit. I was especially interested to talk to the team about their efforts to diversify into new markets."
Gough and Kelly provide important employment for local people at a variety of skill levels and provide opportunities for apprentices.”