PRESS RELEASE: Government deployment stats fail to accurately capture >50kW PV systems

The STA continues to call on the Government to address serious flaws in the accuracy of its photovoltaic deployment data following the publication of its latest statistics, which state that solar deployment in 2019 was down by over 60MW compared to 2018, suggesting the slowest year for the industry since 2010. [1] However, the statistics fail to accurately capture PV systems sized above 50kW, with no update to the ‘50 kW to ≤ 5 MW’ category since March 2019, and only one large-scale site added to ‘> 25 MW’ category in 2019, a 34.7MWp array completed in December by GRIDSERVE. …

PRESS RELEASE: STA and MCS announce joint membership benefits

As part of a new partnership between the two organisations announced today, all new members of the Solar Trade Association will receive ten MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) credits worth £30 each, while existing members will be able to claim five free credits each year. Furthermore, small solar installation businesses who are accredited members of MCS and a registered consumer code will be entitled to a discount of £100 off their STA membership. This is a 25% reduction for the smallest companies. The partnership comes at a pivotal time in the domestic solar market, with the number of installations likely to …

PRESS RELEASE: Smart Export Guarantee to sweeten domestic solar deal

Following a nine-month policy gap, owners of small solar PV systems are set to once again be legally entitled to remuneration for excess solar power put on the grid. From 01 January 2020, large suppliers will be obligated to offer a tariff for small-scale solar power exports, which should help to sweeten the deal for new solar owners, who will also benefit from lower energy bills. [1] STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “It’s a New Year and a positive new start for owners of small solar PV systems. After a nine-month policy gap, the new Smart Export Guarantee should …

PRESS RELEASE: Industry response to Ofgem’s RIIO-ED2 2023 announcement

Today Ofgem has announced plans to push electricity suppliers to invest more in developing a carbon neutral energy system in the next price control period, in 2023, following pressure from industry and business groups to do more to accelerate decarbonisation of the energy system. [1] STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “There is clearly appetite within Ofgem to fast-track the decarbonisation of the energy system, though it continues to be constrained by an outdated mandate. We implore the government to address this urgently by revising the regulator’s remit to incorporate net zero. In the meantime, this welcome news indicates the …

PRESS RELEASE: STA response to Ofgem’s TCR decision

Today Ofgem has announced its final decision on its Targeted Charging Review. [1] The changes will see fixed charges applied to all households and businesses to recuperate residual charges, a segment of network costs [2], and a partial reform to so-called ‘Embedded Benefits’ which will see smaller distributed generators lose out. STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “Despite their own revised analysis highlighting that these changes risk delaying deployment of subsidy-free low cost renewables, Ofgem are pressing ahead with changes that make net zero harder to reach, not easier. With the urgency of climate change, it is abundantly clear that …

PRESS RELEASE: Industry calls for post-election policy drive to match parties’ net-zero ambition

Today the Solar Trade Association is calling for the urgent delivery of key policies to build on the successes of the past decade and to unlock the true potential of solar in the UK. [1] The STA has set out three key deliverables which would drive the rapid levels of deployment required to decarbonise the power sector by 2030, including holding regular CfD auctions inclusive of solar, amending Ofgem’s remit to include the UK’s net zero emissions target, and rolling out policies to boost rooftop solar, including in the new build housing sector. Boosting the uptake of solar through the …

STATEMENT: Farewell to tireless solar campaigner Léonie Greene

After a decade devoted to the UK solar industry, Leonie Greene, is stepping down from her role at the STA to pursue other career opportunities. We were delighted that Leo was recently presented with the Lifetime Achievement award at this year’s Solar and Storage Live Awards in recognition of her tireless campaigning and passionate support for our industry, not only for the STA, but also for previous work at the REA and Greenpeace. The STA and the whole UK solar industry will be forever grateful for her huge contribution towards putting solar firmly on the map in this country. We …

PRESS RELEASE: Industry praises Labour Party’s decarbonised energy ambitions

Today (24 October 2019) the Labour Party published an expert briefing outlining its ambitions for the decarbonisation of heat and power by 2030. [1] In the briefing, the party specifies a target of 35GW of solar PV deployment by 2030, and recommends delivering this via a range of policies, including a technology-neutral ‘floor-price’ Contracts for Difference (CfD) mechanism [2], prioritising PV plus storage as a solution to grid congestion, and removing the Climate Change Levy (CCL) on corporate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “We welcome the ambition of the Labour target for carbon reduction by …

PRESS RELEASE: STA announces partnership with security firm SmartWater

Today (22 October 2019) the Solar Trade Association is pleased to announce a partnership with security specialists SmartWater. Under the terms of the partnership, STA members are entitled to an exclusive discount of more than 25% off the installation of SmartWater’s unique asset marking technology, and more than 15% off the annual site licence fee. The STA will also be collaborating with SmartWater to develop and implement a site security incident monitoring and reporting system, including a monitoring “Dashboard” integrating rural crime data from across the UK, to provide site area security alerts to STA members. STA Chief Executive Chris …

PRESS RELEASE: Industry welcomes plans to exempt energy storage from NSIP regime

Today the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a consultation on proposals to exempt energy storage from the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) regime in England and Wales. [1] These proposals are welcomed by the STA, as they will allow energy storage projects, such as battery plants, to be subject to a swifter, less costly planning process. STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “We are pleased to see that the government has taken our feedback on board. This is a promising step forward for enabling energy storage to be connected more swiftly, and giving local communities …