Solar traders take the high road

The Solar Trade Association has launched a Scottish branch. STA Scotland plans to become a leading voice for the solar industry north of the border and has the backing of […]

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By Sumit Bose

The Solar Trade Association has launched a Scottish branch.

STA Scotland plans to become a leading voice for the solar industry north of the border and has the backing of Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing.

Despite the cliches around the weather, Scotland has a growing solar sector with 35,000 homes and 600 businesses currently benefitting from solar technology. The new trade body believes there’s potentially 25,000 hectares of south-facing commercial rooftops in Scotland that could be put to use.

STA Scotland will be fronted by John Forster, Chairman of Forster Energy. His company was involved in kitting out last year’s Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village in Glasgow, which has now provided more than 700 homes that have solar energy systems installed, with residents enjoying reduced energy bills.

Mr Forster said the new association will make a difference north of the border: “I am thrilled to be leading STA Scotland. Striving towards a more sustainable, green and energy efficient Scotland has been a passion of mine for a long time and I am delighted to be in a position to help make this happen.”

STA analysis has shown that solar panels in Glasgow generate 90% of the energy the same number of panels would produce in London, showing how solar has a future in Scotland.