A further 576 jobs have been lost in the solar sector since the UK Government unveiled its subsidy cuts for renewable energy, according to the Solar Trade Association (STA).

If the situation doesn’t change then a further 1,600 people have been given notice that their posts will be made redundant within the next year, the STA said.

The job losses come on top of the 1,600 posts already axed after three solar companies folded.

The industry body surveyed 204 companies, which together represent about 10% of the sector.

‘Throwing jobs away’

Paul Barwell, Chief Executive at the STA, said: “Those 1,800 jobs that we know have already gone represent technical skills and experience that has been built up in the solar industry over the past five years.

“It is this very supply chain and know-how that is essential to delivering low-cost solar.

“And yet the Government is at risk of throwing many more of these jobs away.”

> See the STA's statement

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