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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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 Storage and as the country moves closer to smarter, flexible and low carbon power.  

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Solar: nothing to hide, everything to offer

  This blog is by Leonie Greene, Head of External Affairs, STA Reading some of the coverage of the Public Accounts Committee report on Government’s funding of clean energy schemes you’d be forgiven for thinking backing solar was costing households a lot of money. It isn’t. That is why we welcome all the transparency we can get. The National Audit Office showed solar was responsible for just 6% of the budget overspend on clean power, but it had been publicly blamed and bore the brunt of sudden cuts. Solar adds around £10 to people’s energy bills – a fraction of …

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