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 – …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

STA Blogs: Government must work with industry to avoid a hard “FexiT”

Chris Hewett, Chief Executive of the STA The Feed-in-Tariff and Renewables Obligation were hugely successful policies. Last year 3.6% of UK electricity came from solar (half as much as coal), last week it was over 10% and there have been many days this summer where the proportion has been above 25% in the middle of the day. At the same …

STA Blogs: How the economics of solar can work for local Government

15th June 2018 Ever since I got into green energy, back in 2002, I have focussed on helping the public sector lower its carbon footprint, deliver more sustainable services and deploy renewables. This was both from the bottom up, in my days in a local environment charity in Wiltshire, and as in installer with my own business. I have also …

STA Blogs: Opportunities for Behind The Meter Generation & Storage

Lior Handelsman, VP of Marketing and Product Strategy, founder of SolarEdge Typically, the energy generated by a homeowner’s PV system does not match energy usage. As such, the UK has relied on rate structures, such as feed-in tariffs, to deal with the excess energy produced. But, with the decline of these subsidies in the UK, system owners need to find …