STA Scotland Beckons New Era of Solar Leadership

Chris Clark takes the helm of STA Scotland after John Forster steps down after three successful years as Chairman. The establishment of STA Scotland in 2015 has spurred the development of the solar industry in Scotland; raising awareness of the growing role solar has in providing security of supply, alleviating fuel poverty, providing local assets for community ownership, and facilitating …

STA announces new CEO

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 28th November 2017   Chris Hewett has been appointed the new CEO of the UK’s leading solar body, the Solar Trade Association (STA). Chris, who has been leading on policy for the STA since June, brings 25 years’ of experience having previously headed up the Environment Agency’s climate change team. He has previously also worked for Green Alliance, …

Comment from the STA on Budget 2017

Leonie Greene, Head of External Affairs; “It isn’t right that solar is being put at a disadvantage in the UK where it does not benefit from any of the tax breaks available to fossil fuels. The Chancellor recognises our economy has no future without a planet, but is bending over a North Sea barrel to offer fossil fuels even more …

Budget Briefing; Solar Power & Storage

  The STA has produced a short briefing ahead of the Budget, setting out current deployment and our key asks of the 2017 Autumn Budget. This​ budget is particularly important for the solar industry because Treasury policies are now key to securing a sustainable recovery in the solar sector, where deployment has fallen by 85% this year compared to 2015. We are looking to Treasury to establish a level …

It’s time to shake off solar thermals preconceptions

It’s time to look again at solar thermal. The strategic importance of this mature, proven technology is growing as our homes become more thermally efficient and require less space heating – we will continue to need hot water. The UK also needs to do much more to decarbonise heat, where we lag badly behind in Europe. Solar thermal is well …

PRESS RELEASE: STA Responds to Helm Review

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 25th October 2017 BEIS must rethink exclusion of cheapest technologies Contradictions, but Helm grasps scale of technology change Professor Helm’s Cost of Energy Review says that current energy policy, regulation and market design are not ‘fit for purpose’ given the speed of technology change. Helm characterises the government’s energy policy as ‘picking winners’ to a degree not seen …

Guest Blog: BLP – Energy Storage Challenges

Ahead of the STA Storage Seminar on the 7th of November here is a preview of what to expect. Kiran Arora of BLP, our event partner and speaker has written a blog on the challenges that the behind the meter storage market faces, highlighting some of our main themes to be explored at the event. Energy Storage: Behind the Meter –  8 Key Challenges …

Unprecedented industry alliance unites to drive ‘new era’ of smart energy

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 23th October 2017 The UK’s leading energy organisations will come together today with Energy Ministers past and present in Parliament, to launch a new pan-industry campaign backing a smart energy pathway for the UK that puts consumers at the heart of energy policy and that creates new markets for new technologies and services [1]. The Smart Power Industries …

STA Responds to Clean Growth Strategy

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12th October 2017 UK government ‘artificially holding back’ solar revolution costs consumers and limits community & business action STA Chair urges Gov to ‘shake off its blinkers’ to global solar opportunity The Government’s long awaited Clean Growth Strategy was published today with limited early opportunities for solar power, despite solar’s status as the UK’s most popular energy source, …

PRESS RELEASE: Solar Investors Urge Government to give Large Scale Solar Quick Access to CfD Auction in Clean Growth Strategy

Solar 2.5 years without access to clean power auctions IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11th October 2017 The STA revealed it has written, together with seven major investor members, who collectively own 2GW of solar assets, to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy urging him to allow solar back in to auctions for clean power as part of the Clean Growth Strategy, due tomorrow. The letter [1] …