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Friday
Oct282011

Dealing with overFITing

Representatives of the solar industry are apparently to march on Downing Street to protest that their subsidy is being cut.

Members of the solar sector are preparing to stage a protest calling on the prime minister to intervene to block anticipated plans to halve feed-in tariff (FIT) incentives for solar installations, which they fear will "kill off" the fast-expanding industry.

The new Cut Don't Kill campaign, founded by a coalition of 20 major companies from across the solar industry, is planning to hold a march next month calling on David Cameron to halt controversial plans to slash subsidies for small-scale PV installations.

Perhaps readers can suggest some slogans for these poor oppressed souls to shout at Dave and Nick.

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Reader Comments (66)

I can't think of a slogan yet, but a business idea for these scammers when they meet Nick and Dave.

How about knickers fitted with internal solar panels so that those that think the sun shines out of their arses can plug themselves into the grid for a feed in tariff?

Oct 28, 2011 at 5:11 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charley

FIT as a fiddle

Oct 28, 2011 at 5:15 PM | Registered CommenterJosh

'Your costs are going though the roof with us'

Oct 28, 2011 at 5:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterSnotrocket

'We go that extra tile for you (but it's a fit-up).

Oct 28, 2011 at 5:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterSnotrocket

We are the Merchants of Light

Oct 28, 2011 at 5:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterPalantir

One struggle, one fight
Last to leave turn out the light!

Or
What do we want? Taxpayers' money!
When do we want it? Right now!
Why should we have it? Because we are considerably greener than yow!
(apologies to Harry Enfield)

Oct 28, 2011 at 5:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavid S

Fill Our Troughs?

Has Cameron really come to his senses?

Oct 28, 2011 at 5:43 PM | Unregistered Commentermeltemian

FIT and finished

Oct 28, 2011 at 5:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames

Feed Me!

Oct 28, 2011 at 5:49 PM | Unregistered Commentersimon

simon

Feed Me!

Here's the Musical

Oct 28, 2011 at 6:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Pablo de la Sierra

"Money for nothing, chicks for free!"

Oct 28, 2011 at 6:13 PM | Unregistered Commentermojo

The idea of subsidies for solar installations strikes me as completely barking. However I have a minor problemo. Some time ago I inadvertently invested £20K in a venture capital business (for the tax break) and belatedly realised the money was backing solar panel companies.
Stupido I know!

My message would be 'Feed me just til I'm weaned!!' (3 years 1 month to go...)

Oct 28, 2011 at 6:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnteros

My god, fewer panels for climate change.

Oct 28, 2011 at 6:16 PM | Unregistered Commenterj ferguson

"Feed Me"

I like that. Perhaps "Feed me Solar?" or "Feed me SomeMore"

Oct 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames

The Sun has got his hat on,
FIT, FIT, FIT Hurray,
The Sun has got his hat on and he's coming out to pay.

Tdaaaaaah!

Oct 28, 2011 at 6:41 PM | Unregistered Commentermydogsgotnonose

How about this? "Leech - Don't Compete!"

Oct 28, 2011 at 6:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterJack Maloney

Which? executive director Richard Lloyd says: 'It seems incredible that the government’s method requires companies to ignore whether you live in Cornwall or Scotland when working out how long it’ll take to pay for the solar panels. It’s obvious that the more sun you get, the faster the payback. The government has to put this right.

How much is your roof worth:-

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Generate-your-own-energy/Solar-PV-electricity-panels/Solar-Energy-Calculator

Oct 28, 2011 at 6:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartyn

People try to put us d-down (Talkin' 'bout our generation)
Just because funds abound (Talkin' 'bout our generation)
Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin' 'bout our generation)
I hope I die before I get old (Talkin' 'bout our generation)

With apologies to The Who.

Oct 28, 2011 at 6:47 PM | Unregistered Commentersimpleseekeraftertruth

What do we want? Subsidies. When do we want them? Forever.

Oct 28, 2011 at 6:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterBob Layson

Cheap Energy is THEFT! Raise subsidies NOW!

Oct 28, 2011 at 7:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterBruce

Well these people are campaigning for the Government to maintain subsidies for squeezing solar energy out of the least sunniest sky in all of Europe, so how about?

"Dave! Nick! come on, stick it where the Sun don't shine!"

Oct 28, 2011 at 7:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterThe Leopard In The Basement

WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!

Help Nick, Dave & Eddie Rob the Poor to give to the Rich!

Oct 28, 2011 at 7:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartin Brumby

"We demand more fuel poverty. Let the pensioners die".

Oct 28, 2011 at 7:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Bish: your readers never disappoint!

Oct 28, 2011 at 7:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterTony Windsor

Your Grace:
Your readers never disappoint!

Oct 28, 2011 at 7:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterTony Windsor

Feed in or Dave out!

Repeated ad nauseam to the sound of a pot being banged.

Oct 28, 2011 at 7:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterBernie

The greenies! United! Will never be repleted!

Oct 28, 2011 at 8:37 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

Support Freezagranny week!

Hands off our proFITs!

Oct 28, 2011 at 8:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterFoxgoose

Whadawewant - fortythreepeeperkilowatthour!

Whendawewannit - fortheforeseeablefuture

Oct 28, 2011 at 8:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterFoxgoose

It's 'ight & FITting

Oct 28, 2011 at 9:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterJonathan Drake

Steal from the Poor, Give to the Rich

Robbing Hoods, Robbing Hoods, Robbing Hoods.

Oct 28, 2011 at 9:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

Reducing the subsidies? they should be stopped completely and everybody should have the right to generate into the grid as long as their volts n amps are correct.

As it stands, the "renewables" sector is a stinking statist insider public subsidy money pit. The wheels on the gravy train are sinking into the very soft ground of "liberal" ideology based engineering and the passengers are whinnying plaintively as it slows and starts to sink.....

Oct 28, 2011 at 10:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterTom

ahh yes . . the "entitled to their entitlement" class. They do get bitter when their lip lock on the public teat is broken.

Oct 28, 2011 at 10:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterFred from Canuckistan

You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
Make our subsidies less higher
Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Really set your rates up higher

The time to hesitate is through
No time to wallow in the mire
Cut now and only you will lose
And our love become a funeral pyre
Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Really set your rates up higher, yeah

Oct 28, 2011 at 10:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterPharos

re Mojo

"Money for nothing, chicks for free!"

You got my Mojo working!

I want my FIT

Now look at them yo-yo's that's the way you do it
You play the subsidy on the FIT
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Money for nothin' and your FITs for free
Now that ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Lemme tell ya them guys ain't dumb
Maybe get a blister on your little finger
Maybe get a blister on your thumb

We gotta install solar panels
Custom feed-ins, subsidies
We gotta move these CFL lightbulbs
We gotta move these solar PVs

(See the little Moonbat with the earring and the makeup
Yeah buddy that’s his own hair
That little Moonbat got his own MSM column
That little Moonbat he’ll be a millionaire)

Gotta install solar panels
Custom feed-ins, subsidie ie es
We gotta move these CFL lightbulbs
Gotta move these solar PVs

I shoulda learned to play the glacier
I shoulda learned to play them greens
Look at that mama, she got it stickin' in the modeller
Man we could have some subs
And he's up there, what's that? Hawaiian carbon?
Bangin' on the blogs like a chimpanzee
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Get your money for nothin' get your subsidy for free

We gotta install solar panels
Custom feed-ins, subsidies
We gotta move these CFL lightbulbs
We gotta move these solar PV's

Look a' here
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
You play the subsidy on your FIT
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Money for nothin' and your FITs for free
Money for nothin' and FITs for free

Money for nothin' and your FITs for free

Look at that, look at that

Money for nothin' and your FITs for free
I want my, I want my, I want my FIT
Money for nothin' and FITs for free

(Fade)
I want my, I want my, I want my FIT

Oct 28, 2011 at 10:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterAtomic Hairdryer

(apologies to Moonbat, Dire Straits, but bubble, meet pin)

Oct 28, 2011 at 11:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterAtomic Hairdryer

I see the film industry is backing the solar protest extensively with films including:

Fit to Kill - the poor suffering as farmers collect their Fit income.
Fit for a King. Charles to smother the Duchy in panels.
Britt Fit. Oasis and Blur relive past battles with their sound system powered by solar.
A Perfect Fit - the subsidy is doubled.
Fit for Jesus - Churches throughout the land swap lead for panels on the roof.
Fit Lover - the solar industry reality show.
Keep Fit - their favourite

And even the Americans offer support with Celebrity Fit Club USA

The comedy angle - Get Fit with Brittas. Solar panels on the leisure centre?

Oct 28, 2011 at 11:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterArgusfreak

Atomic

Wicked!

Oct 28, 2011 at 11:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterPharos

These representatives of the solar industry may well have fallen victim to the Huhne Corollary, which states that, when Green Party policies reach critical crass, they are hoist by their own retards.

Oct 29, 2011 at 12:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterGrantB

These representatives of the solar industry may well have fallen victim to the Huhne Corollary, which states that, when Green Party policies reach critical crass, they are hoist by their own retards.

Oct 29, 2011 at 12:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterGrantB

Damned phone.....

Oct 29, 2011 at 12:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterGrantB

I want my
I want my
I want my FIT
I want my
I want my
I want my subsidy

Catchy marching song, but not as concise as Kim's haiku

What this protest movement needs though is a symbol, and I think this movement has it. What the world needs is (no, thats a different tune) Dale Vince's Nemesis leading the march. Most of it was paid for by the tax payer, so it could tow a small trailer full of used £50 notes as a demonstration of how it'll help UK transport be more green

It costs an awful lot more than a regular Lotus, but that's progress for you, green style. Cost isn't important when someone else is paying and HMRC aren't looking too closely at how it's being used. Nemesis was built as a demonstration of what electric cars are capable of, which is parting fools from their money. A regular Lotus may have been able to tow Dale's old caravan, but Nemesis surely won't be able to budge his new mansion.

Oct 29, 2011 at 1:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterAtomic Hairdryer

Watts Down With That

Oct 29, 2011 at 2:28 AM | Unregistered CommenterJ P Eastman

GrantB - "hoist by their own retards."

Excellent - I wish I had thought of that one.

Oct 29, 2011 at 2:43 AM | Unregistered CommenterJimmy Haigh.

GrantB.

It was worth saying twice...

Oct 29, 2011 at 3:21 AM | Unregistered CommenterJimmy Haigh.

For the BEST FIT ... ODS (Occupy Downing Street)

Solardarity forever!

Oct 29, 2011 at 5:08 AM | Unregistered Commenterhro001

Oh well, they can use the same kit to grow cannabis in their attics, instead of "generating" electricity.

Meanwhile, in TV land, Jon Stewart imparts his wisdom on the BEST project via The Daily Show

http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/wed-october-26-2011-lisa-randall

Oct 29, 2011 at 6:35 AM | Unregistered Commenterandyscrase

If the plan ain't fit, you must remit!


(heard at the OJ trial?)

Oct 29, 2011 at 7:19 AM | Unregistered CommenterJames

Atomic is the Josh of songsmithing.

Respect!

Oct 29, 2011 at 7:32 AM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

Sunshine, come cheaply, to my ........ panel today

Oct 29, 2011 at 7:36 AM | Unregistered CommenterPunksta

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