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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STA amends influential 10 Commitments on solar farms to include community investment offer

Excitement grows over ISA eligibility for solar farms   The Solar Trade Association has revised its influential ‘10 Commitments’ [1] on the development of solar farms to support the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s push for greater levels of local and community ownership.   The eighth commitment of the standard-setting document, which has been agreed by all STA members, will now read: “We will offer investment opportunities to communities in their local solar farms where there is local appetite and where it is commercially viable.”   The move from the solar industry shows that it is now best practice, …

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