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 time costs have plummeted. Of course it’s been a very difficult few years in the industry as government support has been withdrawn at a rapid rate; the commercial rooftop market has been operating virtually without subsidy since 2016 and the …

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 worked from the top down, through large-scale initiatives during my tenure leading Public Power Solutions in Swindon. In my own consultancy today I have structured several pioneering projects and was delighted to model the finances for typical council projects in …

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. Larger UK solar companies are now expanding their horizons to take advantage of global opportunities, whilst keeping their roots in domestic markets. At home, as direct government subsidies are removed, we will see the emergence of new business models for …

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