PRESS RELEASE: Industry welcomes Labour’s ambitious and inclusive solar homes policy

The Solar Trade Association today welcomed the Labour Party’s announcement that it will support over a million new domestic PV installations across the UK, through a mixture of fair export tariff payments, grant funding and by driving large economies of scale. The policy will specifically target low-income households, particularly those in social housing, as part of the party’s wider retrofitting programme aimed at improving the energy performance …

PRESS RELEASE: Industry associations call on HMRC to scrap proposed VAT changes for energy saving materials

HMRC is proposing fundamentally changing the way that the reduced-rate of VAT is applied to solar, as well as other household renewable technologies. Currently, the 5% reduced rate of VAT applies to installations of solar and combined installations of solar and storage as solar is listed under the energy-saving materials and heating equipment list. [1] If implemented, HMRC’s complicated proposals …

PRESS RELEASE: VAT threat to ‘smart’ homes but most standard solar remains safe

HMRC is proposing fundamentally changing the way that the reduced-rate of VAT is applied to solar, as well as other household renewable technologies. Currently, the 5% reduced rate of VAT applies to installations of solar and combined installations of solar and storage as solar is listed under the energy-saving materials and heating equipment list. [1] If implemented, HMRC’s complicated proposals …

PRESS RELEASE: New Solar Era Begins

Monday officially marked the first day of the UK solar industry’s post-Feed-in-Tariff era, with the scheme closing to new installations as of midnight on Sunday. The period in which this hugely successful scheme was active saw solar PV bring clean power to over 900,000 homes across the country, as well as to thousands of businesses and community groups. 93% of solar users have said they are satisfied …

PRESS RELEASE: UK solar comes of age as Feed-in-Tariff scheme ends

Today officially marks the final day of the Feed-in-Tariff, with the scheme closing to new installations as of midnight tonight. The period in which this hugely successful scheme was active saw solar PV bring clean power to over 900,000 homes across the country, as well as to thousands of businesses and community groups. 93% of solar users have said they are satisfied with its performance …

PRESS RELEASE: MPs back solar industry call for fair market payment

MPs, Peers and the Solar Trade Association have called on Energy Minister Claire Perry to respect the right of ordinary people to a fair minimum floor price for the electricity they export to the grid. [1] The consultation on the new scheme for rewarding exports from small-scale low-carbon generation [2] closed last night, sparking debates in both the Lords and the Commons. In a small boost to the market, a Government Minister …

PRESS RELEASE: Solar tech’s central role in zero carbon buildings

The Solar Trade Association has welcomed The Committee on Climate Change’s new report on UK housing stock and its readiness for climate change. [1]. It is undeniable that the standard of homes (existing and new) must be significantly improved to achieve high energy efficiency and low carbon buildings.​ However, the Association is concerned by the exclusion of solar technologies from the report. The omission is particularly …

PRESS RELEASE: United against the TCR

The STA has joined five other leading industry associations representing clean and decentralised energy in calling on Secretary of State Greg Clark to review the current approach to network charging reforms. [1] Ofgem’s reforms aim to reallocate how the costs of networks are recovered, with a view to recovering all of the ‘residual’ network costs through end-users via fixed charges, depending on a rudimentary categorisation of user …