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Stop the attack on the UK solar industry!

Published by Sam Page on 15 December 2016

Image The government is about to attack solar power yet again. Unbelievably, ministers are planning to hit schools and businesses that invest in solar power with a huge tax hike.

This week marks exactly a year since the Paris climate deal was agreed by world leaders. So twelve months on from that historic moment for our planet, let's urgently tell the government it should be doubling down on investment in UK solar power -- not slamming the industry with colossal, unmanageable tax hikes. 

Recent government cuts to the solar industry have already triggered an estimated 12,000 job losses. But now it’s been revealed the government is on the cusp of inflicting a huge new tax hike, one that could leave businesses and schools that install solar panels with a 6-8 times higher tax bill.

Industry experts are raising the alarm that such a sudden and huge tax rise would prove catastrophic for swathes of UK solar firms. That’s why it’s vital we speak up now, before the changes are approved in early 2017.

For lots of people, choosing solar power isn't just about cutting emissions -- it's also about saving money. And up until now, businesses and schools that rolled out panels on their rooftops could stand to benefit from saving cash on their electricity bills. But the government's new tax plan is so severe that any savings could be diminished or even wiped out.

If installing panels no longer helps schools and businesses to save cash, solar firms fear the UK will see another catastrophic drop in the number of people choosing to put panels on their rooftops.

If you agree ministers should go back to the drawing board and rethink government plans for such severe tax hikes on solar, please click below to sign the petition. It'll only take 30 seconds to add your name to the Greenpeace petition:

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