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Blow to UK wind energy industry

Blow to UK wind energy industry

The 18 June 2015 marked a gloomy day for the wind energy industry as the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) confirmed that the Renewables Obligation (RO) will close from 1 April 2016 – a year earlier than previously planned. The RO has been the fiscal driver for commercial scale onshore wind development for […]

Scottish Government heat strategy provides welcome opportunity for solar heating

Scottish Government heat strategy provides welcome opportunity for solar heating

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s publication yesterday of its ‘Heat Policy Statement – Towards decarbonizing heat: maximizing the opportunities for Scotland’, STA Scotland Chairman John Forster said: “STA Scotland thoroughly welcomes this new heat statement. Renewable and zero carbon heat are a key part of meeting the Scottish Government’s renewables targets.” “However it is important […]

Costed solar industry plan shows how to get UK solar as cheap as fossil fuel electricity by 2020

Costed solar industry plan shows how to get UK solar as cheap as fossil fuel electricity by 2020

The Solar Trade Association has today published its ‘Solar Independence Plan for Britain’, setting out how the new Government can steer rooftop solar-generated electricity to parity with retail electricity prices and utility-scale solar farms to parity with new gas CCGT power station prices, both by 2020. In the report the STA looks at several different […]

NatWest/Royal Bank of Scotland joins the British Hydropower Association

NatWest/Royal Bank of Scotland joins the British Hydropower Association

The British Hydropower Association is delighted that NatWest/Royal Bank of Scotland [RBS] has joined the Association as a Principle Company member. Ian Burrow, Head of Agriculture and Renewable Energy at NatWest/RBS, said: “Hydropower represents a huge opportunity for businesses considering renewable energy in the UK. “With continuing pressure for businesses to become more sustainable, more […]

No large-scale solar for next financial year

No large-scale solar for next financial year

The Contracts for Difference (CfD) register has released by the Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC), the administrator of the CfD scheme [The register is available at https://lowcarboncontracts.uk/ ]. In this it has been confirmed that neither of the two solar projects that won CfD contracts for the next financial year will go ahead. Head of […]

Red-tape cut to help businesses power themselves

Red-tape cut to help businesses power themselves

Responding to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles’ announcement that the permitted development threshold for rooftop solar panels on commercial property is to be increased from 50KW to 1MW, the Renewable Energy Association’s Chief Executive Dr Nina Skorupska said: “We are delighted with today’s announcement which will make it much easier […]

New solar trade body launched in Scotland

New solar trade body launched in Scotland

A number of leading members of the Solar Trade Association (STA), which speaks on behalf of the UK solar energy industry, have launched a new Scotland branch. STA Scotland is set to become the leading voice for solar in Scotland, advising and developing policy with the Scottish Government and raising awareness of the benefits of […]

Solar airplane shows power of sunshine electricity

Solar airplane shows power of sunshine electricity

A solar powered plane, Solar Impulse 2, took off from Abu Dhabi this morning on the first leg of its round the world flight. Paul Barwell, CEO of the UK’s Solar Trade Association, commented: “This shows the power of solar technology: simple, clean and becoming ever more efficient.” “We are seeing solar racing cars, solar […]

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