Half of the UK’s solar panel installers could cut up to 75% of their workforces if the UK Government introduces proposed cuts to subsidies.

A survey by the Renewable Energy Association (REA) found that more than 40% of solar panel installation companies are thinking about leaving the market all together.

Around 78% of firms are considering job losses if proposals to close the Feed-in Tariff and end the Export Tariff are enacted in the spring.

Some 10,900 people are employed in the solar industry in the UK.

Last cuts cost 9,000 jobs

Nina Skorupska, Chief Executive of the REA, said: “While we would not normally be so stark, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Government is endangering the jobs of thousands with the current proposals for the closure of the Feed-in Tariff without any adequate replacement alternative measures to assist this important sector.

“The reform of the Feed-in Tariff in 2016 led to around 9,000 job losses and we must avoid a repeat of this.

“The world of energy is changing from one dominated by centralised energy generating systems, to one based on local distributed energy which is ideal for solar, combined with battery storage technology, solar has enormous potential to meet our energy needs now and for generations to come.”

> Read the REA's announcement