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SOLARUPDATE IN FOR THE LONG HAUL L-R: Simon Gladwin, Managing Director of Multi


Fab Ltd with George Freeman MP for Mid Norfolk.


‘Our strategy differs and we invested in making the right choices to take on and commit to only the jobs that could be fulfilled successfully and for our customers to receive their maximum benefit from the Feed In Tariff.’


Until the recent news of the reduction of the Government’s dramatic FiT cut, Norfolk-based Multi Fab’s new solar business, Eagle New Energy, had been on target this year to achieve a £2m turnover from a standing start.


Nigel Woodhouse, Sales and Marketing Manager for Multi Fab said: “We developed and expanded the solar business out of Multi Fab 12 months ago to create a separate company called Eagle New Energy.”


“Then the market place quickly became saturated with solar companies springing up from all over the place and almost on a daily basis, with many hoping to make a fast buck. Our strategy differs and we invested in making the right choices to take on and commit to only the jobs that could be fulfilled successfully and for our customers to receive their maximum benefit from the Feed In Tariff.”


He adds: “With these latest significant


changes to the Government’s feed in tariff, thankfully, we do not have to let any customers down, return any deposits, make anyone redundant or default on any vehicle finance or other big commitments that many others in the solar industry had taken on.”


“We will continue to grow our solar business at a slow and steady pace because we are in it for the long haul and will end up with a sustainable business that has longevity within the solar industry.”


“Having said that, we have relayed our concerns to Mr George Freeman MP over the Government’s timescales in reducing the Feed-in Tariff for the UK solar industry in the hope that he will take this back to Westminster. While in principal we agree to the proposals we are just as shocked as is the whole industry in the limiting timescales imposed.”


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George Freeman MP said, “I’ve been happy to discuss the concerns regarding Feed-in Tariffs and I understand their worries.”


“However, the actions are absolutely necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability – and, therefore, jobs and growth in the long run – of the solar industry.”


“Current tariff levels are completely unsustainable, and set to exhaust the whole FIT budget within a few months.


There would then be no money left at all,


leaving the solar industry in the lurch.” www.eaglenewenergy.co.uk


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