PRESS RELEASE: STA welcomes Claire Perry pledge on solar export to grid

Today the STA hailed a significant breakthrough for its #Fair4Solar campaign during the BEIS Oral Questions, in which Energy Minister Claire Perry stated that “solar power should not be provided to the grid for free”, representing a shift in government stance on the issue of fair payments for surplus electricity sold to the grid. Responding to a question from Kevin …

PRESS RELEASE: Renewables Frustrated Again by Budget

The STA expressed bitter disappointment with today’s Autumn budget announcement which saw no progress on reasonable industry requests for fair tax treatment. Barriers to the uptake of solar and storage in the UK, which put clean energy at a competitive disadvantage compared to fossil fuels, remain in place. This includes business rates and capital allowance treatment. Tax disadvantages will continue to …

PRESS RELEASE: Industry calls on Treasury to deliver #Fair4Solar Budget

Despite being the public’s most popular form of electricity generation, and the largest clean energy market in the world, several barriers remain in existence which limit the uptake of solar in the UK. This year, deployment in solar PV has fallen to an eight-year low, with just 200MW of deployment expected for 2018, representing a 95% fall compared to 2015. …

PRESS RELEASE: STA new ‘Innovators’ membership offers free peer support and exposure to big investors

Today at Solar & Storage Live on ‘Innovation Day’ of Green GB Week, STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett will launch the Association’s new “Innovators” membership category, which offers a complimentary one-year membership to qualifying innovation start-ups. Early members include peer-to-peer trading platform Verv; SolarCoin, the world’s largest community-based solar electricity reward programme, pioneers in simplified Solar Thermal technology Soltropy, and …

PRESS RELEASE: STA Comments on IPCC Special Report on 1.5C

Central role of Wind and Solar in Climate Mitigation Puts Pressure on UK Energy Policy The IPCC report published today shows the heavy lifting for climate change mitigation will be done by renewables for all 1.5C pathways. Under 1.5C pathways the bulk of the necessary investment will be in renewables, ‘particularly solar and wind power’, with estimates of annual investment …

PRESS RELEASE: STA responds to Labour plans for increased solar deployment

Energy system driven by expanding wind and solar now offers lowest cost pathway Enabling ‘smart’ homes that interact intelligently with grid could save up to £6.9billion per annum 26th September 2018 Commenting on Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to conference today and widespread media coverage, where he is expected to talk about the Labour Government plans to increase solar deployment, as part …

Press Release: STA responds to the future of small scale renewables

Solar ‘coming of age’ but barriers must be removed urgently and smart homes enabled Vital to confirm fair export remuneration for future UK prosumers in line with EU consumer rights [1] 19th July 2018 The long overdue Call for Evidence on the future policy framework for small and medium scale renewables has been published by BEIS today. With all aspects …

Press Release: STA launches industry’s first-ever Best Practice Manual on distribution network outages

The Solar Trade Association (STA) today launched the UK solar industry’s first-ever best practice manual on the management and mitigation of network outages for Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), and for solar farms connected to their networks. Constraints on PV generation due to both planned and unplanned network outages, typically for maintenance work, are the most significant cause of lost power …