Press Release: STA launches industry’s first-ever Best Practice Manual on distribution network outages

The Solar Trade Association (STA) today launched the UK solar industry’s first-ever best practice manual on the management and mitigation of network outages for Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), and for solar farms connected to their networks. Constraints on PV generation due to both planned and unplanned network outages, typically for maintenance work, are the most significant cause of lost power …

Press Release: STA comment on CCC 2018 Progress Report

Commenting on the CCC 2018 Progress Report to Parliament STA CEO Chris Hewett said; “For three years now the Committee on Climate Change has been urging the Government to get behind the most popular and cheapest renewables. With investment in renewables dropping alarmingly & the UK off track on its carbon budgets, the Government must now surely listen & act. …

STA Blogs: How the economics of solar can work for local Government

15th June 2018 Ever since I got into green energy, back in 2002, I have focussed on helping the public sector lower its carbon footprint, deliver more sustainable services and deploy renewables. This was both from the bottom up, in my days in a local environment charity in Wiltshire, and as in installer with my own business. I have also …

Press Release: Europe embraces consumer-led solar revolution

EU law provides solid backdrop for new UK solar framework The STA and Solar Power Europe are today celebrating big wins for solar under the EU’s revised Renewable Energy Directive. Crucial details have yet to be published in full, but the new EU measures include; The EU breakthrough comes as the UK solar industry struggles under a cloud of uncertainty, …

PRESS RELEASE: Billions for Wylfa nuclear power, while low-cost solar still shut out of competitive markets?

June 4th, 2018 Today’s announcement by Secretary of State Greg Clark that the government could invest in the development of the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station marks a significant shift in energy policy towards explicit state investment in energy projects. The investment will further tilt the playing field in the energy market which is already highly distorted by Government interventions. …

STA Blogs: The Power of Local

Craig Bennett, CEO of Friends of the Earth Craig Bennett, CEO, Friends of the Earth Craig Bennett, CEO, Friends of the Earth On the May Day bank holiday weekend, as much of the UK basked in record breaking temperatures, something remarkable was happening: For a time, solar power in the UK was generating a quarter of the country’s electricity, more …

STA Blogs: Opportunities for Behind The Meter Generation & Storage

Lior Handelsman, VP of Marketing and Product Strategy, founder of SolarEdge Typically, the energy generated by a homeowner’s PV system does not match energy usage. As such, the UK has relied on rate structures, such as feed-in tariffs, to deal with the excess energy produced. But, with the decline of these subsidies in the UK, system owners need to find …

STA Blogs: The Future of Solar in Scotland

Blog by Chris Clark, Director of Emtec Energy & STA Scotland Chair Ahead of the Future of Solar in Scotland event on the 31st May, PWC Glasgow Chris Clark explains the history of STA Scotland and the bright future the group is planning for solar in Scotland.  Solar in Scotland, who would have thought it? That certainly seems to be …

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 …