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 […]

Solar ‘could provide as much power as Hinkley for half the cost’

Solar energy would be 50% less costly than the Hinkley nuclear station in a 35-year lifetime. A report from Solar Trade Association (STA) claims choosing solar energy over nuclear would save consumers around £15 billion during the same period. Solar would also provide as much power as the nuclear station, the report added. The option is “considerably […]

UK solar support ‘to fall to £2m per year’

Economic support to solar projects in the UK will fall to £2 million per year. That’s an “extreme” 98% cut to the previous solar budget which spent £70 million per year in the sector. An analysis from the Solar Trade Association (STA) stated the industry will have a maximum support of £7 million in the […]

New checklist to boost UK solar across commercial rooftops

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has published a “simple and clear checklist” to give business managers the confidence to put solar panels on their roofs. Commercial and industrial roofs dominate the solar market in Europe but in the UK commercial roofs account for only 5% of all solar deployment to date, the STA claim. However, […]

Solar industry slams DECC for ‘favouring big players’

The solar energy industry has expressed its disappointment at the lack of PV projects allocated under the UK Government’s renewable energy auction. DECC awarded the Contracts for Difference (CfDs) for 27 green projects, which includes two offshore wind farms, 15 onshore wind projects and five solar projects. The Solar Trade Association (STA) said the Government’s […]

DECC confirms subsidy closure for large-scale solar

Support for solar power projects above 5MW of capacity will be scrapped from April next year, the Government has confirmed. DECC said it would go ahead with the controversial move despite the majority of respondents opposed to the proposals to stop bigger solar farms from taking part in the existing Renewables Obligation (RO) subsidy scheme. […]

David Cameron urged to back UK solar

More than 150 businesses are calling on the Government to back the solar industry and reconsider its proposed changes to financial support for large-scale projects. In a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, companies including IKEA, Ecotricity and Tridos Bank have highlighted the importance of solar installations and concerns about the uncertainty in the industry […]