STA comments on National Infrastructure Assessment

10th July 2018

The Solar Trade Association’s (STA) Director of Advocacy and New Markets, Léonie Greene comments on the National Infrastructure Commissions ‘National Infrastructure Assessment’:

“Solar power has been shut out of clean power auctions for over three years now, so we are particularly pleased to see the NIC recommend a level playing field going forwards for established renewables, with auctions restarting promptly. Inhibiting fair competition is not in the interest of consumers.

However, the importance of industrial and commercial rooftop solar and onsite battery storage needs to be recognised by all Government advisers, particularly given widespread recognition we need to move towards a smarter more decentralised power system.

By maintaining artificial barriers to solar, the UK Government risks working against the tide of technological change and market forces, at huge costs to consumers and our economy. We hope they will finally heed repeated and consistent advice from all quarters to act.”