Solar Power Portal reports five companies will be joining UK-based Solar Power PV, Crystal Windows and Doors and Solarlec PV Solutions in demanding damages from the UK’s 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 companies’ respective businesses. E-tricity is the only company to come forward, with the remaining four opting for anonymity.
In July, Solar Power PV, Crystal Windows and Doors and Solarlec PV Solutions 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.
A DECC spokesperson told Solar Power Portal: “While we can’t comment on the details of individual cases, the Department does not accept it has any liability and we will vigorously defend our position.”
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