PRESS RELEASE: Industry calls on suppliers to put solar export offers on the table

STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett has sent an open letter to the Big 6 and other electricity suppliers calling for export tariff offers to be put to solar households in advance of the 1 January 2020 deadline under the government’s Smart Export Guarantee (SEG). [1] Over three months after the closure of the administered export tariff only Octopus Energy has offers open to all solar homes exporting power to the grid. Chris Hewett said; “There is a real appetite in the UK for domestic solar and storage; surveys show three in five people [2] are keen to install these technologies on and in their properties …

PRESS RELEASE: STA underlines current scope for action on “Groundhog Day” CCC 2019 Progress Report to Parliament

Commenting on the CCC 2019 Progress Report to Parliament [1] STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said; “For four years now the Committee on Climate Change has been urging the Government to get behind the most popular and cost-effective renewables. In what is now surely a national Groundhog Day, we again fully support their calls for technology neutral auctions that provide a secure route-to-market for large-scale solar. On the publication of last year’s Progress Report we said the Government must now surely listen and act. Not only has nothing happened but the policy framework has actually gone backwards for solar.” The …

PRESS RELEASE: STA Showcases Solar Park Boost for Nature

A new report “The Natural Capital Value of Solar” by the Solar Trade Association, endorsed by the Natural Capital Coalition, the Centre for Alternative Technology, and Ashden, sets out best practice case studies of well-designed and well-managed solar farms which deliver broad benefits for British biodiversity and sustainable agriculture [1]. Recent biodiversity audits on solar parks owned by STA members found six times more pollinators than in adjacent fields [2]. The best-practice case studies by STA members Next Energy Capital, Foresight Group, Bluefield LLP, Low Carbon and Greencoat Capital, demonstrate a wide range of ecosystem services that quality solar parks can provide including; biodiversity and …

PRESS RELEASE: Actions must match net zero targets

Last week the STA contacted all 17 members of the relevant Delegated Legislation Committee urging them not to vote through the statutory instrument that will potentially see the level of VAT charged to households installing solar and battery storage together rise to 20%. The request has been reiterated in a letter from STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett sent to all members of the Committee today. [1]   The Committee, which meets at 4:30pm today, could vote through a change that will see the VAT rate rise on ‘energy saving materials’ where the cost of the materials exceeds 60% of the overall cost of the installation. Currently, installations of …

PRESS RELEASE: Industry Hails Strategy for Modern Digitalised Energy System

Today Energy Systems Catapult published a new report by the Energy Data Taskforce which calls for a single data repository on all forms of energy generation to unlock the benefits of decarbonisation and decentralisation through better use of data. The report calls for all energy system data to be presumed open, which will render energy generating assets and infrastructure visible to all though a ‘Digital System Map of the Energy System’. [1] Chris Hewett, Chief Executive at the STA said: “The urgent need for transparency within the energy sector has been abundantly clear for years. In particular, the report’s Asset …

PRESS RELEASE: Industry Leaders Scale Up Vision to Meet Net Zero

Today market-leading British solar company Solarcentury, in collaboration with LUT University and Energy Watch Group, has published new analysis into the technical potential for UK solar deployment over the next decade. [1] According to the study, the UK could have the potential to increase solar deployment by 2030 to 80GW, more than six times current levels. Such scale of deployment could lead to the creation of 200,000 green jobs in the UK. This would represent a step change and mean a significant proportion of UK buildings would have solar and battery storage. At its height the UK solar industry installed …

PRESS RELEASE: Industry calls for action to follow landmark Net Zero legislation

Today legislation will be laid in Parliament committing the UK to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, following a report from the Committee on Climate Change published last month. The report calls for extensive electrification of the economy and a quadrupling of low-carbon power generation by 2050. [1] Chris Hewett, Chief Executive at the STA said: “Enshrining net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 into law is a vital step in tackling the climate emergency, but long term targets are meaningless without action. In the case of solar and energy storage the Government must move quickly to remove barriers that have needlessly …

PRESS RELEASE: Industry responds to Smart Export Guarantee announcement

Today the government published its final proposals for the long-awaited Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) [1] following a sustained campaign coordinated by the STA over the last nine months in response to the withdrawal of the Export Tariff. By the 1st January 2020 qualifying suppliers with more than 150,000 retail customers will be legally required to offer terms of payment for the surplus power that new solar homes put on the grid. Smaller suppliers are also able to offer a Smart Export Guarantee on a voluntary basis. Many elements in the SEG represent a hard-fought win for the STA and industry: However, crucial to …

PRESS RELEASE: STA Keeping Eye on Smart Export Guarantee Offers

On Monday, the government is set to publish its final proposals for the long-awaited Smart Export Guarantee (SEG). By the end of the year qualifying suppliers with more than 150,000 customers will be legally required to offer terms of payment for the surplus power that new solar homes put on the grid. Smaller suppliers are also able to offer a Smart Export Guarantee on a voluntary basis. The STA wants to see a competitive market develop to purchase power from smart, solar homes. It will be watching the market very closely for developments and ranking all offers via its online Smart Export Guarantee league table, so …

PRESS RELEASE: BEIS Select Committee Persists on Solar Policy Void

Rachel Reeves, Chair of the BEIS Select Committee has written to Acting Energy Minister Chris Skidmore seeking desperately needed answers on policy for small-scale renewables. [1] The solar industry and households keen to invest in solar have been left in policy limbo for months while facing further deterrents to investment from proposed rises in VAT for more complex schemes, including those with battery storage. Provisional deployment data published last week shows poor deployment levels as expected following the closure of the feed-in tariff scheme, however industry is particularly concerned about the state of future monitoring of solar deployment. Recent Parliamentary Questions​ reveal the Government is relying on …