STA Scotland Beckons New Era of Solar Leadership

1st December 2017: Chris Clark takes the helm of STA Scotland after John Forster steps down after three successful years as Chairman. The establishment of STA Scotland in 2015 has spurred the development of the solar industry in Scotland; raising awareness of the growing role solar has in providing security of supply, alleviating fuel poverty, providing local assets for community …

STA announces new CEO

29th November 2017: Chris Hewett has been appointed the new CEO of the UK’s leading solar body, the Solar Trade Association (STA). Chris, who has been leading on policy for the STA since June, brings 25 years’ of experience having previously headed up the Environment Agency’s climate change team. He has previously also worked for Green Alliance, IPPR and the …

Budget Briefing; Solar Power & Storage

21st November 2017:   The STA has produced a short briefing ahead of the Budget, setting out current deployment and our key asks of the 2017 Autumn Budget. This​ budget is particularly important for the solar industry because Treasury policies are now key to securing a sustainable recovery in the solar sector, where deployment has fallen by 85% this year compared to 2015. We are looking to Treasury …

PRESS RELEASE: STA Responds to Helm Review

25th October 2017: BEIS must rethink exclusion of cheapest technologies Contradictions, but Helm grasps scale of technology change Professor Helm’s Cost of Energy Review says that current energy policy, regulation and market design are not ‘fit for purpose’ given the speed of technology change. Helm characterises the government’s energy policy as ‘picking winners’ to a degree not seen since the …

Unprecedented industry alliance unites to drive ‘new era’ of smart energy

23rd October 2017: The UK’s leading energy organisations will come together today with Energy Ministers past and present in Parliament, to launch a new pan-industry campaign backing a smart energy pathway for the UK that puts consumers at the heart of energy policy and that creates new markets for new technologies and services [1]. The Smart Power Industries Alliance (SPIA) …

STA Responds to Clean Growth Strategy

12th October 2017: UK government ‘artificially holding back’ solar revolution costs consumers and limits community & business action STA Chair urges Gov to ‘shake off its blinkers’ to global solar opportunity The Government’s long awaited Clean Growth Strategy was published today with limited early opportunities for solar power, despite solar’s status as the UK’s most popular energy source, and as …

PRESS RELEASE: Solar Investors Urge Government to give Large Scale Solar Quick Access to CfD Auction in Clean Growth Strategy

12th October 2017: Solar 2.5 years without access to clean power auctions. The STA revealed it has written, together with seven major investor members, who collectively own 2GW of solar assets, to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy urging him to allow solar back in to auctions for clean power as part of the Clean Growth Strategy, due tomorrow. The letter [1] …

EC & Government urged to learn from innovative enrgy efficiency label experience for renewable heating systems

New energy label has enabled more efficient heating solutions in the market But labelling of space and water heater packages faces poor implementation 11th October 2017 The project partners behind LabelPack A+ [1], which empowers consumers with better labelling on energy systems incorporating renewables, have expressed disappointment at the performance of the new labelling scheme after assessing its performance two …

UK’S Leading Solar Association Seeks New CEO

26th September 2017: The Solar Trade Association (STA) has started the recruitment process for a new CEO after Paul Barwell announced his decision to stand down to the STA Board earlier this summer. Renewables recruitment expert Igloo3 is leading the search for his successor [1]. Paul Barwell has been CEO of the STA since 2012. He has overseen the transformation …

STA Welcomes GLA Solar Action Plan

STA supports Mayor’s call for enabling national policy framework New build detail awaited by industry IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11th August 2017 The Solar Trade Association (STA) has welcomed the publication of the Mayor of London’s Solar Action Plan. The Solar Action Plan is a Manifesto commitment of Mayor Sadiq Khan and it will be consulted on over the next three months. …