RE-SourceUK Blog – PPAs: Placing risk where it sits best

As we reflect back on yesterday’s insightful pilot event for the RE-SourceUK platform, Tomas Tuomenin, European PPA Lead for Macquarie/Green Investment Group, recaps some of the barriers discussed during the conference, and highlights how corporates and public-sector bodies alike can move past these challenges to procure more clean energy and reach their net zero targets. In 2018, the volume of clean energy purchased by corporates rose to new highs, reaching over 13GW – nearly double on 2017. While North America remains at the vanguard of corporate PPA procurement, the wind and sun of change is blowing and shining across Europe. Large …

RE-SourceUK Blog – Orsted on Corporate PPAs

In this blog, Alana Johnson, Head of Corporate PPAs for Ørsted, breaks down the corporate power purchase agreement, and explores how some UK corporations are leading the way towards a greener future. Corporate Power Purchase Agreements: The next step for sustainability? Combatting the climate crisis is at the top of the public agenda, with concern at a record high1. Last year’s UN2 report shows that to limit global climate change, we must lower temperature rises to 1.5C by 2030. To achieve this, the latest Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report3 states that the UK must act swiftly. Roughly two thirds …

STA BLOGS: Been There, Done VAT

Gumperson’s Proof states that ‘the most undesirable things are the most certain (death and taxes)’. Whilst the former remains as certain as ever, the same cannot be said for the UK’s approach to taxing technologies essential to reducing our nation’s bills, decarbonising our homes and enabling flexibility within our electricity system.  To the immense frustration of the clean energy industry, we are yet again fighting off another proposed VAT hike for solar and storage technologies. Despite fending off similar proposals back in 2016, the reduced rate VAT of 5% available to domestic solar PV and solar thermal installations (as well as …

STA BLOGS: The end of the solarcoaster

Now the dust has settled on the end of the Feed-in-Tariff, the UK solar market is looking ahead to a completely subsidy-free era. This is, of course, unchartered territory for the industry and it’s fair to say there is anticipation and fear, in equal measure for the next couple of years particularly. At the STA we’ve looked at the prospects for growth from 2019 to 2023 and it looks like deployment will be on the rise again, but don’t expect another ‘solarcoaster’ ride. This time it feels like a sustainable growth is possible, but the pace is very hard to …

STA BLOGS: We need to get smart about giving excess PV electricity a fair market price

In this STA Blog, Sonia Dunlop of SolarPower Europe shines a spotlight on the Government’s legal requirement to remunerate small-scale electricity exports at a fair market rate. Amidst the Brexit blur, there is a small piece of EU legislation the UK solar industry – and UK consumers – should be paying attention to at the moment. And here’s why. The EU Renewables Directive, which was officially published on the European statute book on 21 December, states that: “renewable self-consumers, individually or through aggregators, are entitled to […] receive a remuneration, including where applicable through support schemes, for the self-generated renewable …

STA BLOGS: A very Dutch view

08 February 2019 In this STA Blog, Ruud Frijstein of iChoosr laments the abrupt manner in which solar policy is shifted and scrapped in the UK. Before sharing my thoughts, you need to know I am a straight-talking Dutchman. I am pretty sure one’s perspective on matters is impacted by being foreign. You might think I am overly critical – you can judge me by the end of this blog. I work for iChoosr, an international organisation that runs group buying schemes for residential solar. We play an important role, helping to boost the high volume markets that the solar …

STA BLOGS: Export solutions; so what does the industry need now?

19th December 2018 In this STA Blog, Léonie Greene of the Solar Trade Association highlights the impact ending the export tariff will have on industry and calls on Government to urgently produce a solution. Yesterday’s announcement on the closure of the export tariff is more than disappointing. The decision ignores the vast majority of responses to BEIS’s consultation, together with the evidence provided as to why a careful approach is badly needed. It also ignored new EU laws designed to protect the rights of prosumers. It ignores our letter to the Minister now signed by over 350 stakeholders. Perhaps most disturbingly, there are …

STA BLOGS: UK Government Funding for Solar Heating Innovation

23rd November 2018 In this STA Blog, Dr Richard Hall of Energy Transitions explores the funding opportunities for the development of innovative solar heat technologies from Government sources. As discussed in my previous blog, the provision of affordable, low-carbon heat is a major global challenge, but one with great potential for renewable heat companies. Whether the solution is based around hydrogen or heat pumps, solar can play a pivotal role in supplying affordable clean energy. There are undoubtedly substantial business opportunities for those who can successfully bring new, affordable low-carbon heat technologies to the market. This momentum is increased by …

STA Blogs: How to Access Innovation Funding for Solar Heat

12th October 2018 In this STA Blog, Richard Hall of Energy Transitions details a number of challenges for the UK’s clean heat sector and outlines some exciting EU funding opportunities available. The provision of affordable, decarbonised heat is a major global challenge; one for which current and future renewable energy technologies have a great deal of potential to fulfil. Yet the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that global renewable heat consumption in 2017 amounted to 472Mtoe (million tonnes of oil equivalent). This represents just 9% (approximately) of the total global heat demand.

STA Blogs: EVs and Solar – a match made in renewable heaven?

31st August 2018 In this STA Blogs, Keenan Gratrick Managing Director of FlexiSolar outlines the harmonious relationship and bright futures of solar and EV’s.  It is often said that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That’s exactly how I feel about Solar PV and Electric Vehicles (EV); with the interaction of these two elements being hugely powerful and essential for the future. Solar and EV concepts are more familiar to the general public than ever before. People are more mindful of their own energy usage and EV has been all over the news thanks to car manufacturers’ …