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 …

STA Blogs: Why Solar power is always number one

Two months ago, One Home was launched to increase awareness of climate change and accelerate the transition to net zero carbon emissions. As the UK’s first clean technology and adaptation platform we cover a wide range of topics but already what has become abundantly clear, is how popular solar energy is with consumers. The One Home website analytics, social media …

A&D charging must be fair, transparent and uniformly applied

Since April of this year, Britain’s six Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) have been able to charge fees for all new applications for connections to the distribution networks. The charges come at a particularly sensitive time for the solar industry, with deployment running at low levels and developers under tremendous pressure to make project economics stack up. For the utility sector, …

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 …

Press Release: STA responds to the future of small scale renewables

Solar ‘coming of age’ but barriers must be removed urgently & smart homes enabled Vital to confirm fair export remuneration for future UK prosumers in line with EU consumer rights [1] 19th July 2018 The long overdue Call for Evidence on the future policy framework for small and medium scale renewables has been published by BEIS today. With all aspects …

STA comments on National Infrastructure Assessment

10th July 2018 The Solar Trade Association’s (STA) Director of Advocacy and New Markets, Léonie Greene comments on the National Infrastructure Commissions ‘National Infrastructure Assessment’: “Solar power has been shut out of clean power auctions for over three years now, so we are particularly pleased to see the NIC recommend a level playing field going forwards for established renewables, with …

Press Release: STA launches industry’s first-ever Best Practice Manual on distribution network outages

The Solar Trade Association (STA) today launched the UK solar industry’s first-ever best practice manual on the management and mitigation of network outages for Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), and for solar farms connected to their networks. Constraints on PV generation due to both planned and unplanned network outages, typically for maintenance work, are the most significant cause of lost power …

Press Release: STA comment on CCC 2018 Progress Report

Commenting on the CCC 2018 Progress Report to Parliament STA CEO Chris Hewett said; “For three years now the Committee on Climate Change has been urging the Government to get behind the most popular and cheapest renewables. With investment in renewables dropping alarmingly & the UK off track on its carbon budgets, the Government must now surely listen & act. …

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 …