STA Blogs: The Future of Solar in Scotland

Blog by Chris Clark, Director of Emtec Energy & STA Scotland Chair Ahead of the Future of Solar in Scotland event on the 31st May, PWC Glasgow Chris Clark explains the history of STA Scotland and the bright future the group is planning for solar in Scotland.  Solar in Scotland, who would have thought it? That certainly seems to be …

STA Blogs: Swindon’s pioneering approach to solar

Blog by Steve Cains, Head of Power Solutions, Public Power Solutions Budget cuts and increasing pressure on services have compelled Local Authorities to think of different ways to fill the ever-growing funding gap. Councils have been taking different approaches to this problem, depending on local circumstances. Commercial investment boards set up by local authorities now scrutinise ways to generate long-term …

The Future of Energy – A Need for Self-Reliance

Blog by Paul Hutchens, Founder and Managing Director at Eco2Solar and STA Board Member We live in an age of fragile world markets, politically-motivated events, concerns around world food production and potentially climate change driven catastrophes – all of which impact on the availability and cost of energy production. This clearly highlights the need for the UK to become more …

Solar Mis-selling: How to Spot the Signs

Blog by Aleksandra Klassen, Policy Analyst at The Solar Trade Association A disreputable salesperson will often hook a customer with an eye-catching, but plausible, scenario of how their target customer is either at risk or missing out on an easy benefit. Here are some myths currently doing the rounds that we in the solar industry are concerned are leading to …

The UK Clean Growth Strategy and the Role for Solar in Delivering it

In October 2017 the UK Government published its Clean Growth Strategy, setting out the actions that it will take to reduce emissions, increase efficiency and help to lower the amount that consumers and businesses spend on energy, and putting clean growth at the centre of a modern Industrial Strategy. Leastways, that’s what the foreword written by Theresa May said it …

Looking forward to 2018: A letter from Chris Hewett, Chief Executive

The STA is looking forward to 2018 as the year where greater optimism can emerge across the sector, albeit against a backdrop which is still much tougher than it was a few years ago. However, we are part of a global industry that is now hugely significant in the transition to a zero carbon economy where technologies continue to improve. …

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 …

8 Key Challenges for Behind the Meter Storage

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. This is the third and final part of our …

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

28th September 2017: 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 create the right political conditions for the launch of the feed-in tariff in 2010 and cemented Conservative support for it …

Smart Energy Plan

24/07/2017 STA Policy Manager Chris Hewett was interviewed for BBC News on the publication of the BEIS smart energy proposals. Chris discussed the exciting growth of the UK storage and solar markets, while also highlighting the significant barriers faced and government opportunities for regulation change. As always the STA are proud to be representing the industry especially as we further expand STA …