PRESS RELEASE: Statement on Ofgem Targeted Charging Review: minded to decision and draft impact assessment

Solar Trade Association 28 November 2018 For Immediate Release Responding to Ofgem’s minded-to decision on reform to residual charges and embedded benefits, Solar Trade Association Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “As the consultation document recognises, ‘any method of residual charging will lead to some distortions’. It is important that those distortions don’t fall on innovative individuals and companies that are …

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 …

PRESS RELEASE: STA welcomes Claire Perry pledge on solar export to grid

Minister’s statements represent significant breakthrough for #Fair4Solar export tariff campaign Today the STA hailed a significant breakthrough for its #Fair4Solar campaign during the BEIS Select Committee Oral Questions, in which Energy Minister Claire Perry stated that “solar power should not be provided to the grid for free”, representing a shift in government stance on the issue of fair payments for …

PRESS RELEASE: Renewables Frustrated Again by Budget

The STA expressed bitter disappointment with today’s Autumn budget announcement which saw no progress on reasonable industry requests for fair tax treatment. Barriers to the uptake of solar and storage in the UK, which put clean energy at a competitive disadvantage compared to fossil fuels, remain in place. This includes business rates and capital allowance treatment. Tax disadvantages will continue to …

PRESS RELEASE: Industry calls on Treasury to deliver #Fair4Solar Budget

Despite being the public’s most popular form of electricity generation, and the largest clean energy market in the world, several barriers remain in existence which limit the uptake of solar in the UK. This year, deployment in solar PV has fallen to an eight-year low, with just 200MW of deployment expected for 2018, representing a 95% fall compared to 2015. …

PRESS RELEASE: STA new ‘Innovators’ membership offers free peer support and exposure to big investors

Today at Solar & Storage Live on ‘Innovation Day’ of Green GB Week, STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett will launch the Association’s new “Innovators” membership category, which offers a complimentary one-year membership to qualifying innovation start-ups. Early members include peer-to-peer trading platform Verv; SolarCoin, the world’s largest community-based solar electricity reward programme, pioneers in simplified Solar Thermal technology Soltropy, and …

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 …

PRESS RELEASE: STA Comments on IPCC Special Report on 1.5C

Central role of Wind and Solar in Climate Mitigation Puts Pressure on UK Energy Policy The IPCC report published today shows the heavy lifting for climate change mitigation will be done by renewables for all 1.5C pathways. Under 1.5C pathways the bulk of the necessary investment will be in renewables, ‘particularly solar and wind power’, with estimates of annual investment …

PRESS RELEASE: STA responds to Labour plans for increased solar deployment

Energy system driven by expanding wind and solar now offers lowest cost pathway Enabling ‘smart’ homes that interact intelligently with grid could save up to £6.9billion per annum 26th September 2018 Commenting on Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to conference today and widespread media coverage, where he is expected to talk about the Labour Government plans to increase solar deployment, as part …