PRESS RELEASE: New Solar Era Begins

Monday officially marked the first day of the UK solar industry’s post-Feed-in-Tariff era, with the scheme closing to new installations as of midnight on Sunday. The period in which this hugely successful scheme was active saw solar PV bring clean power to over 900,000 homes across the country, as well as to thousands of businesses and community groups. 93% of solar users have said they are satisfied with its performance [1], and robust quality assurance standards mean that, according to the Renewable Energy Consumer Code, fewer than 1% of all installations have been met with complaint. Thanks to the scheme, solar is now a common-place sight in neighbourhoods …

PRESS RELEASE: Octopus Energy Grabs Top Spot in Domestic Solar Export Guarantee League Table

Octopus Energy has brought the sun out for solar consumers and the UK solar industry on the first day after the closure of the UK’s Feed-In Tariff scheme. The innovative energy supply company is offering both a simple fixed payment for all surplus power exported to the grid at a fair market rate, and a ‘smart’ tariff, which will enable homes with solar and battery storage that can control when they export power to the grid to potentially benefit from even higher rates because they can export at ‘peak’ times when power is more expensive. The development will give much …

PRESS RELEASE: UK solar comes of age as Feed-in-Tariff scheme ends

Today officially marks the final day of the Feed-in-Tariff, with the scheme closing to new installations as of midnight tonight. The period in which this hugely successful scheme was active saw solar PV bring clean power to over 900,000 homes across the country, as well as to thousands of businesses and community groups. 93% of solar users have said they are satisfied with its performance [1], and robust quality assurance standards mean that, according to the Renewable Energy Consumer Code, fewer than 1% of all installations have been met with complaint. Thanks to the scheme, solar is now a common-place sight in neighbourhoods all over the …

Statement for industry on FiT band reaching capacity limits.

The >50kW of the Feed-in-Tariff has now closed, having reached capacity. Yesterday Ofgem published an update to the FiT deployment caps showing the PV >50kW cap has now reached its 41,027kW capacity. We wrote to BEIS yesterday expressing concern at the poor communication of data which has left members and investors with stranded projects. There are no issues with the sub 50kW bands. A substantial amount of capacity remains for small-scale PV installations, with over 85% and 70% of capacity still available for systems smaller than 10kW, and between 10-50kW respectively. It is very unlikely that the limits for these bands will be breached.

STA BLOGS: We need to get smart about giving excess PV electricity a fair market price

In this STA Blog, Sonia Dunlop of SolarPower Europe shines a spotlight on the Government’s legal requirement to remunerate small-scale electricity exports at a fair market rate. Amidst the Brexit blur, there is a small piece of EU legislation the UK solar industry – and UK consumers – should be paying attention to at the moment. And here’s why. The EU Renewables Directive, which was officially published on the European statute book on 21 December, states that: “renewable self-consumers, individually or through aggregators, are entitled to […] receive a remuneration, including where applicable through support schemes, for the self-generated renewable …

PRESS RELEASE: MPs back solar industry call for fair market payment

MPs, Peers and the Solar Trade Association have called on Energy Minister Claire Perry to respect the right of ordinary people to a fair minimum floor price for the electricity they export to the grid. [1] The consultation on the new scheme for rewarding exports from small-scale low-carbon generation [2] closed last night, sparking debates in both the Lords and the Commons. In a small boost to the market, a Government Minister in the Lords confirmed on Monday that households and other small generators will be eligible to receive the new Smart Energy Guarantee when it is in place. [3]

PRESS RELEASE: Solar tech’s central role in zero carbon buildings

The Solar Trade Association has welcomed The Committee on Climate Change’s new report on UK housing stock and its readiness for climate change. [1]. It is undeniable that the standard of homes (existing and new) must be significantly improved to achieve high energy efficiency and low carbon buildings.​ However, the Association is concerned by the exclusion of solar technologies from the report. The omission is particularly surprising given the Government’s Grand Challenge Building Mission, as set out in the Industrial Strategy, which includes unregulated energy (such as plug-in appliances and devices), that accounts for 40-50% of total buildings energy use, as well as regulated energy that …

Urgent: mis-selling alert

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STA BLOGS: A very Dutch view

08 February 2019 In this STA Blog, Ruud Frijstein of iChoosr laments the abrupt manner in which solar policy is shifted and scrapped in the UK. Before sharing my thoughts, you need to know I am a straight-talking Dutchman. I am pretty sure one’s perspective on matters is impacted by being foreign. You might think I am overly critical – you can judge me by the end of this blog. I work for iChoosr, an international organisation that runs group buying schemes for residential solar. We play an important role, helping to boost the high volume markets that the solar …

PRESS RELEASE: United against the TCR

The STA has joined five other leading industry associations representing clean and decentralised energy in calling on Secretary of State Greg Clark to review the current approach to network charging reforms. [1] Ofgem’s reforms aim to reallocate how the costs of networks are recovered, with a view to recovering all of the ‘residual’ network costs through end-users via fixed charges, depending on a rudimentary categorisation of user type. This is a major change to the current approach where these network costs are recovered across end-users and generators depending on their electricity consumption.