Amber Rudd appointed new Energy Secretary

Commenting on Amber Rudd’s appointment as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, CEO of the Solar Trade Association Paul Barwell said: “We very much welcome Amber Rudd’s appointment as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and look forward to working with her to make sure solar reaches its full potential. We need stable policy support and strong leadership on solar – just one final push could get rooftop solar to zero subsidy by the time this Government leaves office.” “We also hope that Amber Rudd’s experience in finance, her previous experience in the Treasury and her …

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No large-scale solar for next financial year

Contracts for Difference Register shows no solar projects for 2015/16 The Contracts for Difference (CfD) register has released by the Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC), the administrator of the CfD scheme [1]. In this it has been confirmed that neither of the two solar projects that won CfD contracts for the next financial year will go ahead. Head of External Affairs Leonie Greene commented: “This confirmation shows that what everyone in the industry was saying was right: the £50/MWh bids wouldn’t get built. That no large solar farms will be built in the next year under either the RO or …

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Government waives planning permission for commercial rooftop solar

Barrier for solar rooftops up to 1MW first raised by the STA over a year ago falls away The Government have confirmed that they are extending permitted development to all rooftop solar up to 1MW, meaning that as long as certain requirements are fulfilled there will be no need to apply for planning permission. Currently, solar installations up to 50kW benefit from permitted development and don’t need to go through planning permission. With this move this will now apply to all installations up to 1MW, which is roughly the size of a large warehouse or distribution centre. This is also …

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STA Scotland: new solar trade body for Scotland

A number of leading members of the Solar Trade Association (STA), which speaks on behalf of the UK solar energy industry, have launched a new Scotland branch. STA Scotland is set to become the leading voice for solar in Scotland, advising and developing policy with the Scottish Government and raising awareness of the benefits of solar. STA Scotland has been backed by a number of prominent figures in the energy industry, including Fergus Ewing, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism in the Scottish Government. Commenting Mr. Ewing, Scottish Minister for Business Energy and Tourism said: “The launch of STA Scotland …

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DECC confirms ‘Lift and Shift’ rules

The Department for Energy and Climate Change today responded to the consultation on the transferability of building mounted solar PV, often known in the industry as ‘lift and shift’. Commenting, Paul Barwell, the CEO of the Solar Trade Association said: “In order to obtain financing on better terms and reduce investment risk, it is so important for businesses to be able to take their solar installations with them if they move. Almost a year and a half ago, we (the Solar Trade Association) identified this as one of the major barriers to more solar PV on big rooftops. And it …

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House of Commons committee critical of EMR and CfDs

The House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee has published a new report about the implementation of the Government’s Electricity Market Reform programme. Commenting on the report ahead of its publication, Leonie Greene, Head of External Affairs at the Solar Trade Association, said: “This committee’s report is important because the final details of the Contracts for Difference (CfDs) process arrived so late in the day there was no Commons scrutiny of the likely net impact of this policy before it went ahead.” “This report is therefore the first comprehensive House of Commons scrutiny of Electricity Market Reform and its …

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STA launches new logo and strategy…

…with solar racing car The Solar Trade Association is to officially launch its new logo, strategy and website at Ecobuild this week, opening the next chapter of the organisation’s history of over 30 years. Paul Barwell, CEO of the Solar Trade Association, said: “The STA is set to double its staff in a year as we put all our skills and resources towards supporting the growth of this astonishing technology. Solar needs and deserves its own distinct voice in the UK media and with policymakers.”  “The STA has always led on the substantive issues of policy, but our rebranding will …

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Solar gets little in Government’s new auction system

Most popular and soon-cheapest renewable loses out in scheme which favours big players. ‘Disappointing but predictable’ result requires change to next October auction The Government today announced which technologies and companies have won low carbon energy contracts in the new ‘Contracts for Difference’ auction for renewable energy.  Contracts for Difference are the new support mechanism for nuclear, CCS and renewable energy introduced by the Coalition Government to replace the main support for large-scale renewables, the Renewables Obligation. The auction, held earlier this year, required ‘established’ renewables to compete with each other directly for a share of £50m for the next …

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