PRESS RELEASE: Solar industry welcomes DfT funding for innovative solar technology trials

Today the Department for Transport published plans to fund trials of two distinct and innovative solar technologies which could help decarbonise Britain’s railways and future-proof its roads. A project which sees solar panels used to directly power trains has won a share of a £1.75million pot allocated to carbon-cutting rail schemes [1], while two projects, in Buckinghamshire and Central Bedfordshire, …

PRESS RELEASE: STA responds to BEIS publication of ‘export tariff’ consultation

A consultation has been published today by BEIS on how a replacement for the export tariff could work. The consultation reflects extensive work by the STA, working with innovative suppliers and battery storage providers, on the current barriers to market offers for the small volumes of power coming from new solar homes. STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said; “We give …

PRESS RELEASE: Government confirms closure of export tariff

The Government published their response to the consultation on the Feed-in Tariff today, which delivers another disappointing blow to the solar industry and to the general public who want to engage with clean energy. Over 60% of people [1] say they want to install solar power yet the Government confirmed today it will end not only the Feed-In Tariff, as expected, but also …

PRESS RELEASE: STA strengthened by three new Board members

The STA is delighted to welcome three new appointments to the Board representing key industry sectors. They join during a challenging period for the solar and nascent battery storage industries in the UK as we head towards a market competitive environment and fight for fair tax and market treatment of the UK’s favourite energy technology. Ahead of tomorrow’s Board meeting STA Chair …

PRESS RELEASE: Cost of UK large-scale solar could drop below £40/MWh by 2030

The STA has conducted a fresh assessment of large-scale solar costs which was explored with leading energy analysts & BEIS at an expert workshop today. The STA’s last assessment of solar’s Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE), published in November 2014, had anticipated costs of around £80MWh in 2019. The updated analysis for 2019 shows that solar has gone beyond the …

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

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 investing for a cleaner, cheaper and smarter energy system. …

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

Today the STA hailed a significant breakthrough for its #Fair4Solar campaign during the BEIS 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 surplus electricity sold to the grid. Responding to a question from Kevin …

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 …