STA Blogs: Swindon’s pioneering approach to solar

Blog by Steve Cains, Head of Power Solutions, Public Power Solutions Budget cuts and increasing pressure on services have compelled Local Authorities to think of different ways to fill the ever-growing funding gap. Councils have been taking different approaches to this problem, depending on local circumstances. Commercial investment boards set up by local authorities now scrutinise ways to generate long-term …

Press release: Leading Lights- How Local Authorities are Making Solar and Storage Work Today

A new report published by the STA today[1] shows how local councils are leading the way on solar by building modern solar homes, developing ‘subsidy-free’ solar farms, master planning ‘smart’ neighbourhoods and using solar to save money and provide stable sources of revenue to fund services. Highlights from the collection of 26 pioneering and proven case studies, which detail financing, …

Local Authority Network

18th April 2018 Following the launch of our Leading Lights report we are organising a local authority network.

The Future of Energy – A Need for Self-Reliance

Blog by Paul Hutchens, Founder and Managing Director at Eco2Solar and STA Board Member We live in an age of fragile world markets, politically-motivated events, concerns around world food production and potentially climate change driven catastrophes – all of which impact on the availability and cost of energy production. This clearly highlights the need for the UK to become more …

Solar Mis-selling: How to Spot the Signs

Blog by Aleksandra Klassen, Policy Analyst at The Solar Trade Association A disreputable salesperson will often hook a customer with an eye-catching, but plausible, scenario of how their target customer is either at risk or missing out on an easy benefit. Here are some myths currently doing the rounds that we in the solar industry are concerned are leading to …

The UK Clean Growth Strategy and the Role for Solar in Delivering it

In October 2017 the UK Government published its Clean Growth Strategy, setting out the actions that it will take to reduce emissions, increase efficiency and help to lower the amount that consumers and businesses spend on energy, and putting clean growth at the centre of a modern Industrial Strategy. Leastways, that’s what the foreword written by Theresa May said it …

STA Signs Joint Letter with Trade Bodies over FiT Consultation Delay

5th February 2018 Coordinated by Scottish Renewables, UK trade organisations sent a joint letter to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark MP. The letter outlined serious concern over the delay of the long awaited FiT consultation. After lobbying efforts by the STA, MP Stuart McDonald bought up the letter at the BEIS Oral questions …

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. …