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’ …

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 Of course it’s been a very difficult few years in the industry as government support has been withdrawn at a rapid rate; the commercial rooftop market has been operating virtually without subsidy since 2016 and the …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