Launched in March 2015, STA Scotland has rapidly established itself as the leading voice for solar and storage in Scotland. STA Scotland has been recognised in the SNP Manifesto as the organisation to work with to advance proposals for expanding solar energy in Scotland. With the support of the national STA Secretariat and the expertise of STA’s specialist working groups and advisers, the branch is helping to shape policy decisions that will enable Scotland to fully realise its potential for solar applications within the electricity, heat and transport sectors.
STA Scotland holds Working Group meetings every quarter. To get involved with STA Scotland please see our membership information.
Chair: Chris Clark, Emtec Energy
Chris is currently the Chair of STA Scotland, taking on the role
in November 2017. Embarking on his renewables journey
some 8 years ago, Chris is Managing Director at Emtec
Energy, specialising in commercial rooftop solar PV framework
contracts, as well as delivering commercial contracts such as
battery storage, EV Charging, Solar Thermal and Heat Pumps.
Vice Chair: Thomas Mcmillan, Savills
Thomas is a Director at Savills and heads up the Energy
Team in Scotland. He is a Chartered Environmentalist with 10+ years’ experience in renewable energy consultancy and
works across a range of energy technologies undertaking
feasibility studies for asset owners and due diligence
reports for lenders. He has a specific interest in developing
new business models that create low carbon solutions while delivering significant commercial value for clients.
STA Scotland is working closely with SPEN and SSEN to overcome these barriers to accelerate Scotland’s transition to a clean, flexible electricity network. Last year we successfully overturned a detrimental SPEN policy, which is enabling more commercial rooftop solar to connect to the grid and saving £10,000+ on some project costs. Read more here.
STA Scotland is urging Scottigh Government to update planning policy and guidance for ground-mounted solar PV ahead of the fourth National Planning Framework and for it to provide a positive and consistent framework for deployment while protecting the environment, embracing the STA’s 10 Commitments for Solar Farms.
Unlike England and Wales, Scotland has more restrictive permitted development (PD) rights for roof mounted solar arrays on non-domestic buildings. As defined in The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) (Non-Domestic Microgeneration) Amendment Order 2011, PD rights are extended to the installation, alternation or replacement of solar PV or solar thermal equipment on a non-domestic building, subject to certain conditions and limitations e.g. installation within 3 km of the perimeter of an aerodrome or technical site is not permitted in Scotland or where the system would exceed 50 kW of electricity generated or 45 kW of thermal heat produced.
STA Scotland has been advocating to extend permitted development to all rooftop solar PV installations and for clear guidance to be distributed to each individual local authority building control department clarifying that Building Warrant is not required in the absence of any structural alteration to the roof, in line with the rest of the UK.
STA Scotland in the News
- Future is bright if we harness potential of solar power. Read.
- Building standards at Scottish local authorities continue to edge English counterparts. Read.
- Building standards at East Renfrewshire Council above national requirements. Read.
- Nicola Sturgeon urged to meet with Solar Trade Association Scotland. Read.
- England’s housing industry urged to follow Scotland’s example on solar power. Read.
- This is how much double-sided solar panels could be worth to Scots economy. Read.
- SP Energy Networks relaxes solar restrictions following STA lobbying effort. Read.
- Scotland’s largest solar farm approved in first for government. Read.
Meetings and Events
STA Scotland meets quarterly to discuss policy developments and review actions throughout the year. We also hold an annual conference each spring for all Stakeholders.
Images: Setting Sights on Scottish Solar, 2019 flagship conference
Please see below for all upcoming meetings
- February 5th - 11:00-15:00
- Venue: Anderson Strathern (Glasgow)
STA Scotland, a sub-committee of the STA Board of Directors, coordinates the work of the STA in Scotland. The branch is helping to shape policy decisions that will enable Scotland to fully realise its potential for solar and storage applications within the electricity, heat and transport sectors. The working group focuses on removing barriers such as business rates, grid constraints, building standards, and planning frameworks and has a track record of delivering material outcomes to industry.
- Members meetings
- Partner events
- STA events
- STA Scotland
- Training Opportunities