UK tax break for home solar panels and battery storage installations

Householders could receive a significant price cut when installing “qualifying” solar panels with battery storage technologies. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) told ELN a single indivisible supply and installation of solar panels with a battery in residential accommodation would be charged a 5% VAT rate – “on the understanding the battery is linked to the […]

Sainsbury’s, IKEA among big firms calling on government to stop solar tax hike

Sainsbury’s and IKEA are among some of the big brands urging Chancellor Philip Hammond to stop the proposed rise in business rates for solar panels. The two companies have joined the Solar Trade Association (STA) and more than 160 organisations including, schools, public institutions and energy suppliers, which are calling on the government to drop […]

Solar to be cheapest form of energy generation by 2020

Solar could be the lowest cost form of energy generation in 2020. That’s according to a report by the Solar Trade Association (STA) which quantifies the cost of integrating solar into the UK power market today and in a 2030 scenario, where this source provides above 10% of the country’s annual electricity. STA’s analysis shows […]

Solar sector urges government to remove barriers to storage

The solar industry is calling on the UK Government to remove regulatory and economic barriers to energy storage. The Solar Trade Association (STA) has published a paper exploring the interaction between solar power and energy storage, highlighting the wide array of services storage could potentially provide to home owners, networks and utilities. However, the report suggests regulatory, economic […]

Business rates for rooftop solar ‘to rise next year’

Businesses with solar rooftop installations in the country could see a rise in their rate taxes next year. That’s according to the Solar Trade Association (STA) which added they could increase by between six to eight times from current levels. This could happen from April 2017 unless the government intervenes, it stated. The STA’s warning follows […]

UK ministers have ‘false impression of support for solar’

UK ministers have the “false impression” that solar power no longer requires financial support for deployment in the UK. That’s “deeply worrying”, according to the Solar Trade Association (STA) and Lightsource, with reference to statements made by Energy Minister Lord Bourne who gave evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) last month. In […]

Scottish solar industry seeks support

The Scottish Government should put together a solar action plan to achieve its renewable targets. That’s according to the Solar Trade Association (STA) which added financial support mechanisms for projects are also needed to ensure the country’s renewable energy mix is balanced. It has published a list of “key asks” on business rates, social housing […]

‘Government needs new policy for sustainable buildings’

The government needs to set out a clear and ambitious regulatory framework for sustainability standards in new buildings. The Solar Trade Association (STA) is “urgently” calling for a new policy to replace the Zero Carbon Homes programme which was scrapped last summer by the Tory administration. The trade body believes Conservatives are focused on maximising build rate. […]

Solar ‘good investment for householders despite reduced tariffs’

Solar will remain a good investment for householders despite reduced tariffs. That’s according to the Solar Trade Association (STA) which added the new rates will still be attractive for them. The Feed-in Tariff changed today which means customers with solar panels will be eligible for a rate of 4.39p/kWh from February. Although the FiT will be paused […]

Nearly 600 made redundant in 200 solar firms

Almost 600 members of staff have been made redundant by more than 200 solar companies. That’s according to a survey by the Solar Trade Association. It follows proposals to reduce support for solar projects set out by government. The report states a further 1,600 people have been put on notice for next year if extreme cuts go […]