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Conservative Surrey fails to see the light on Solar Power

January 2, 2012 6:00 AM
Originally published by Surrey County Council Lib Dems

Solar PanelsThe Government introduced the Feed-in-tariffs (FiT) to encourage early take up of renewable technology in April 2010. Surrey County Council finally approved a scheme to install solar panels on 25 buildings in July 2011. Yet when the Government announced a cut to the FiT rate, they still had not installed a single solar panel.

SCC Lib Dem Environment spokesperson Cllr Will Forster said, "Surrey County Council has been so slow in acting that the Conservative Council Leader has axed all the proposed solar photovoltaic panel installations at a cost of £60,000."

"This is in complete contrast to Liberal Democrat controlled Eastleigh Borough Council, which partly by installing so many solar panels will be carbon-neutral in 2012. Surrey is paying the price for County Hall's half-hearted approach to climate change."