The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has launched a comprehensive review of the Feed in Tariffs (FITs) scheme, following evidence that large-scale solar firms could take in money meant to help homes, communities and small businesses to produce their own electricity.

The review will assess all aspects of the scheme including tariff levels, administration and eligibility of technologies.

It will expedite consideration of large-scale solar projects over 50kW, to make tariff changes as soon as practical, subject to consultation and parliamentary scrutiny.

The review will be completed by the year-end, however, tariffs will remain unchanged until April next year, unless there is an urgency.

UK Energy Secretary Chris Huhne said the review will provide long-term certainty while making sure homes, communities and small firms are encouraged to produce their own green electricity.

Change in tariffs, as recommended by the review, will only affect new entrants into the FITs scheme, according to DECC.