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STA Scotland: new solar trade body for Scotland

A number of leading members of the Solar Trade Association (STA), which speaks on behalf of the UK solar energy industry, have launched a new Scotland branch. STA Scotland is set to become the leading voice for solar in Scotland, advising and developing policy with the Scottish Government and raising awareness of the benefits of solar. STA Scotland has been backed by a number of prominent figures in the energy industry, including Fergus Ewing, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism in the Scottish Government. Commenting Mr. Ewing, Scottish Minister for Business Energy and Tourism said: “The launch of STA Scotland …

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DECC confirms ‘Lift and Shift’ rules

The Department for Energy and Climate Change today responded to the consultation on the transferability of building mounted solar PV, often known in the industry as ‘lift and shift’. Commenting, Paul Barwell, the CEO of the Solar Trade Association said: “In order to obtain financing on better terms and reduce investment risk, it is so important for businesses to be able to take their solar installations with them if they move. Almost a year and a half ago, we (the Solar Trade Association) identified this as one of the major barriers to more solar PV on big rooftops. And it …

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Solar airplane shows power of sunshine electricity

A solar powered plane, Solar Impulse II, took off from Abu Dhabi this morning on the first leg of its round the world flight. Paul Barwell, CEO of the Solar Trade Association, commented: “This shows the power of solar technology: simple, clean and becoming ever more efficient.” “We are seeing solar racing cars, solar speed boats… soon the touchscreens on our mobile phones could have in built solar in them.” “Solar Impulse 2 is also a trailblazer for the combination of solar and battery storage – the onboard battery allows the plane to charge up during the day and keep …

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Event: Commercial Rooftop

Join us on 1st April for our commercial rooftop event, “Delivering Growth”.                 (Image credit: Eco Environments) For details of this event and how to register, click here or the image above. We would like to thank Solarcentury, Jinko Solar, Forster Energy and Viridian Solar for sponsoring this event. If you have interest in further sponsorship opportunities please contact eventswww.solar-trade.org.uk.  

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Video from Ecobuild: CUER and EVA

We were delighted to have the Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) showcasing their solar car EVA on our stand at Ecobuild this week. Inside ID shot a video of Harry Butcher, Head of PR at CUER, describing the car on Tuesday. See below for the video. See CUER and Inside ID websites for further details.

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House of Commons committee critical of EMR and CfDs

The House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee has published a new report about the implementation of the Government’s Electricity Market Reform programme. Commenting on the report ahead of its publication, Leonie Greene, Head of External Affairs at the Solar Trade Association, said: “This committee’s report is important because the final details of the Contracts for Difference (CfDs) process arrived so late in the day there was no Commons scrutiny of the likely net impact of this policy before it went ahead.” “This report is therefore the first comprehensive House of Commons scrutiny of Electricity Market Reform and its …

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STA launches new logo and strategy…

…with solar racing car The Solar Trade Association is to officially launch its new logo, strategy and website at Ecobuild this week, opening the next chapter of the organisation’s history of over 30 years. Paul Barwell, CEO of the Solar Trade Association, said: “The STA is set to double its staff in a year as we put all our skills and resources towards supporting the growth of this astonishing technology. Solar needs and deserves its own distinct voice in the UK media and with policymakers.”  “The STA has always led on the substantive issues of policy, but our rebranding will …

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Energy Secretary Ed Davey MP Video Message for Community Masterclass

“I am particularly grateful to the STA for its work in showing people best practice. … Congratulations to STA for again leading the way and being a critical part of the development of community energy. I hope you continue to play your important role.” Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey The STA ran a very successful Community Investment Masterclass on 4th February with almost 100 people turning out to come and learn how to do community energy, and lots of questions from the audience. Although Ed Davey wasn’t able to attend in person due to a last minute trip to Brussels …

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The next Parliament could deliver subsidy-free solar, but only if they get the policy right

16th February 2015: Solar power is getting cheaper and cheaper – and the panels are getting more and more efficient. This is already beginning to have a revolutionary impact on our energy system: clean, home-grown, decentralised electricity generation that will soon be so cheap it won’t even need a subsidy. Ever cheaper solar is good news for our planet and good news for energy bill payers faced with rising coal and gas powered energy prices. And this isn’t just a technology for sunnier climes. Despite our infamous weather, solar in the UK generates two-thirds as much power as in Madrid, …

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Innovating with investment opportunities in local solar farms

by Leonie Greene, STA The Solar Trade Association has amended its influential 10 Commitments on solar farms. We now expect best practice to include offering investment or shared ownership opportunities to local communities. As an industry trade body this means we are backing up DECC’s efforts to share the financial benefits of solar farms to communities. But where we have disagreed with DECC is on the narrow framing of ‘community energy’. There is a very wide range of community actors beyond legally constituted Registered Societies that need to be clearly recognised in the community energy agenda. Local authorities are case …

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