One step forwards, two steps back? The strange case of Tory solar policy

Blog by Seb Berry, the Director of Corporate Communication at Solarcentury and Vice Chair of the Solar Trade Association wrote for Brighter Blue The Conservative Party has had an on-off love affair with the solar industry ever since the heady days of David Cameron’s Quality of Life Commission. Professionally, I was happy to serve on the Commission. It helped to …

UK’S Leading Solar Association Seeks New CEO

  The Solar Trade Association (STA) has started the recruitment process for a new CEO after Paul Barwell announced his decision to stand down to the STA Board earlier this summer. Renewables recruitment expert Igloo3 is leading the search for his successor [1]. Paul Barwell has been CEO of the STA since 2012. He has overseen the transformation of the …

Solar thermal in the UK – Opportunities and Developments

Kathy McVeigh from Cool Sky argues that solar thermal has a bright future not just for individual buildings, but also as part of district heating schemes. As pressure grows to meet renewable heating targets within the EU, there are growing opportunities for solar thermal to play an important part in decarbonising heating. While great progress has been made in Europe …

STA Welcomes GLA Solar Action Plan

STA supports Mayor’s call for enabling national policy framework New build detail awaited by industry IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11th August 2017 The Solar Trade Association (STA) has welcomed the publication of the Mayor of London’s Solar Action Plan. The Solar Action Plan is a Manifesto commitment of Mayor Sadiq Khan and it will be consulted on over the next three months. …

STA secures tax win for solar and batteries for householders

Today the Solar Trade Association (STA) is celebrating securing a 5% rate of VAT on battery storage for householders installing a storage system alongside a new solar PV system. The win significantly improves the economics of installing solar + storage and brings the VAT treatment of storage in line with the treatment of household fuels, grid energy supply and other …

STA response to Government announcements on energy storage

Solar Trade Association Press Release The STA welcomes the announcement of battery storage and reviews to the rules making it easier for homes and businesses to install the technology alongside PV panels. However, the announcements today will enable only modest progress. The majority of the points in the Government’s 29 point plan are simply a restatement of existing commitments. The …

Solar Independence Day (4th July) Celebrated Far and Wide

STA members with their Solar Independence Day messages This year’s Solar Independence Day came off the back of an impressive year for solar, so we wanted to shout from the rooftops about all the lovely independence and joy that solar brings. We asked our friends from far and wide to share their love for solar and solar success stories too. …

Nation Celebrates UK’s Energy Favourite on Solar Independence Day

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4 July 2017 Nation Celebrates UK’s Energy Favourite on Solar Independence Day   Octopus Energy customers to achieve full solar independence at noon today Beauty of solar to be captured by Getty Images The 4th Solar Independence Day was underway today with the STA and its members leading the traditional national celebration on social media of the many benefits of going solar. Solar …

Solar Independence Day – 4th July 2017

Every year we celebrate the joy of solar on 4th July, our very own Solar Independence Day. Solar offers every country the opportunity to achieve independence from fossil fuels, from imports and associated geopolitical tensions, from unpredictable energy prices and, if the world acts together, from dangerous climate change. More than any other technology solar gives communities and individuals like you the opportunity to take positive control of your impact on the planet. …