PRESS RELEASE: Octopus Energy Grabs Top Spot in Domestic Solar Export Guarantee League Table

Octopus Energy has brought the sun out for solar consumers and the UK solar industry on the first day after the closure of the UK’s Feed-In Tariff scheme. The innovative energy supply company is offering both a simple fixed payment for all surplus power exported to the grid at a fair market rate, and a ‘smart’ tariff, which will enable homes with solar and battery storage that can control when they export power to the grid to potentially benefit from even higher rates because they can export at ‘peak’ times when power is more expensive. The development will give much …

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 [1], and robust quality assurance standards mean that, according to the Renewable Energy Consumer Code, fewer than 1% of all installations have been met with complaint. Thanks to the scheme, solar is now a common-place sight in neighbourhoods all over the …

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 in the Lords confirmed on Monday that households and other small generators will be eligible to receive the new Smart Energy Guarantee when it is in place. [3]

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 surprising given the Government’s Grand Challenge Building Mission, as set out in the Industrial Strategy, which includes unregulated energy (such as plug-in appliances and devices), that accounts for 40-50% of total buildings energy use, as well as regulated energy that …

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 type. This is a major change to the current approach where these network costs are recovered across end-users and generators depending on their electricity consumption.

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, are set to test the potential of solar at surface-level, receiving £4.49million and £1.05million respectively to trial solar roads and footways [2]. STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said; “It is fantastic to see solar innovation being championed in the UK. …

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 these proposals a cautious welcome. We are very pleased the Government is unequivocal; small generators will be compensated for the power they contribute to the system, but the issue remains providing remuneration at a fair market rate. We are particularly …

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 the export tariff, which provides a relatively fair payment to people putting clean energy on the networks (albeit at a level significantly below 2018 average wholesale prices). STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said;

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 Jonathan Selwyn said; “The Board is delighted to be joined by three talented and influential individuals who will each bring unique skills and knowledge to the Association at a key moment for the industry. Working closely with the Executive team, the …

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 STA’s earlier expectations with LCOE costs of around £50-60/MWh in 2019, a figure which is also significantly below BEIS’s 2016 Central Estimate of Electricity Generation Costs. Although costs vary significantly on a site by site basis, the findings confirm that …