PRESS RELEASE: Solar industry welcomes Government decision on CfDs

The Government has today published its decision on proposed amendments to the Contracts for Difference scheme. [1] In its response to the consultation that ran from early March to late May this year it announced plans to extend the delivery period to 2035 and an intention to move forward on a proposal to allow flexibility components to be included in future allocation rounds. While no changes have been declared regarding energy storage assets, an intention to avoid creating barriers for such technologies to deliver system flexibility has been indicated, in addition to a proposed call for evidence on support for …

PRESS RELEASE: Solar industry responds to PM’s 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution

The Government has today published a 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution. [1] Despite being the most cost-effective electricity generating technology for the foreseeable future according to the Government’s own forecasts [2], solar was noticeably absent from the Prime Minister’s announcement, which is largely a repackaging of policies already announced earlier this year. While the Government has yet to make its ambitions for UK solar clear there is lively activity taking place in other parts of the public sector. The City of London has today announced a new 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with developer Voltalia, which will see …

PRESS RELEASE: Coalition of UK industries calls for renewables tax reform

A coalition of trade associations representing major British industries including retail, property, construction and technology, has written to the Chancellor to ask that renewable energy technologies such as solar PV and battery storage be excepted from business rates to boost commercial deployment and provide much needed green jobs. [1] The STA estimates that excepting solar PV from rates could deliver 1500-1800 additional jobs annually, and increase business investment in the UK by more than £315m a year. [2] Many businesses shelved plans to install solar on their sites after a change in the way business rates are calculated saw early-adopters …

PRESS RELEASE: STA comments on Government response to CCC report

Last night (15/10/2020) the Government published its response to the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) 2020 Progress Report to Parliament, in which it revealed plans for a “comprehensive” Net Zero Strategy in the lead up to COP26. [1] The response earmarks a number of policy changes in 2020, including reopening Contracts for Difference to solar and onshore wind, [2] the addition of these technologies to the Capacity Market, and new funding schemes including the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, under which solar PV and battery storage are eligible. [3] STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “The Government has taken constructive steps …

PRESS RELEASE: Trade associations unite to boost green economic recovery and reach net zero emissions faster

Today techUK, the Solar Trade Association and Renewable UK, are announcing a new partnership to promote the transition to a net zero economy. As part of a business-led push for a green recovery, techUK will be encouraging its member companies to consider setting up long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) to stimulate UK-based renewable energy generation. Wind and solar are now the cheapest forms of new power generation in the UK. There is also a growing pipeline of projects being developed for construction in the UK over the next few years. There are over 10 gigawatts (GW) of large scale solar …

PRESS RELEASE: Solar industry welcomes deadline extension for FiT validity period

The Government has announced an extension to the deadline for pre-registered and pre-accredited solar PV installations to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Eligible projects will now have until 31 March 2021 to be completed. [1] STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “This is a rational decision that will provide much needed certainty and reassurance to those whose projects have been delayed as a result of the coronavirus crisis.”   ENDS​   Editors notes: [1] Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Feed-in Tariffs Deadlines – Government response on measures to mitigate COVID-19 commissioning delays to pre-registered and pre-accredited installations: …

PRESS RELEASE: Solar PV forecast as cheapest power generating technology in UK for years to come

New analysis on electricity generation costs published by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy havs marked large-scale solar PV as the outright cheapest electricity generating technology available in the coming years. [1] For projects commissioning in 2025, large-scale solar PV is expected to come in at below half the cost of combined-cycle gas turbines (CCGT), and cheaper still in 2030, 2035 and 2040, where costs could fall as low as £28/MWh. [2] [3] STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “The industry has known for a long time that large-scale solar is one of the cheapest power technologies available …

PRESS RELEASE: Solar thermal given boost in STA policy win

Today the Government has published further details on the £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme, which is due to go live at the end of September. [1] In a win for the industry, solar thermal will be included in the list of technologies eligible for homeowners to invest in, providing support for installers during challenging times and contributing towards a green economic recovery. STA Policy Manager Cam Witten said: “This is a welcome announcement and a strong endorsement of the important role solar thermal has to play in the decarbonisation of heating. The technology can help households save hundreds of …

PRESS RELEASE: STA welcomes two new board members

The STA has strengthened its board with the addition of Liz MacFarlane, Director at distribution company Segen, and Jerry Stokes, Executive Chair of innovative developers GRIDSERVE, at an important time for the industry. [1] STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “Liz and Jerry are fantastic additions to the STA board. bringing a wealth of experience in addition to a deep understanding of their respective markets. We are proud to have individuals of their calibre and expertise contributing to the organisation as we begin to enter a new era for the UK industry. Founded fifteen years ago, Segen is the UK’s …

PRESS RELEASE: Solar industry welcomes decision to relax planning laws for large-scale battery storage

The Government has announced it will relax planning legislation to make it easier to construct large batteries to store renewable energy, in a move which will see ministers introduce secondary legislation to remove electricity storage, except pumped hydro, from the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) regime in England and Wales. [1] STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “We welcome the decision to make it easier to deploy flexible large-scale energy storage technologies in the UK, which will help to further decarbonise and improve the resilience of our energy system.” “The next steps in unlocking the potential of energy storage, and maximising …