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 …

PRESS RELEASE: Solar industry welcomes DfT funding for innovative solar technology trials

Today the Department for Transport published plans to fund trials of two distinct and innovative solar technologies which could help decarbonise Britain’s railways and future-proof its roads. A project which sees solar panels used to directly power trains has won a share of a £1.75million pot allocated to carbon-cutting rail schemes [1], while two projects, in Buckinghamshire and Central Bedfordshire, …

PRESS RELEASE: STA responds to BEIS publication of ‘export tariff’ consultation

A consultation has been published today by BEIS on how a replacement for the export tariff could work. The consultation reflects extensive work by the STA, working with innovative suppliers and battery storage providers, on the current barriers to market offers for the small volumes of power coming from new solar homes. STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said; “We give …

PRESS RELEASE: Government confirms closure of export tariff

The Government published their response to the consultation on the Feed-in Tariff today, which delivers another disappointing blow to the solar industry and to the general public who want to engage with clean energy. Over 60% of people [1] say they want to install solar power yet the Government confirmed today it will end not only the Feed-In Tariff, as expected, but also …

PRESS RELEASE: STA strengthened by three new Board members

The STA is delighted to welcome three new appointments to the Board representing key industry sectors. They join during a challenging period for the solar and nascent battery storage industries in the UK as we head towards a market competitive environment and fight for fair tax and market treatment of the UK’s favourite energy technology. Ahead of tomorrow’s Board meeting STA Chair …

PRESS RELEASE: Cost of UK large-scale solar could drop below £40/MWh by 2030

The STA has conducted a fresh assessment of large-scale solar costs which was explored with leading energy analysts & BEIS at an expert workshop today. The STA’s last assessment of solar’s Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE), published in November 2014, had anticipated costs of around £80MWh in 2019. The updated analysis for 2019 shows that solar has gone beyond the …

PRESS RELEASE: Statement on Ofgem Targeted Charging Review: minded to decision and draft impact assessment

Responding to Ofgem’s minded-to decision on reform to residual charges and embedded benefits, Solar Trade Association Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “As the consultation document recognises, ‘any method of residual charging will lead to some distortions’. It is important that those distortions don’t fall on innovative individuals and companies that are investing for a cleaner, cheaper and smarter energy system. …