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REA & industry leaders call for domestic energy storage VAT cut 

In an open letter, the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) and a coalition of industry groups have urged the Government to create a level playing field for home energy storage, in recognition of the technologies’ benefits in reducing carbon emissions. While there have been promising announcements and other technologies have rightly benefitted […]

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Putting installers front & centre in our green recovery

At the recent Solar & Storage 2020 live conference (2-4 Dec), one point that was consistently raised in the webinars was the critical role installers play in the road to net zero. Whilst past government tariffs and policies have been heavily weighted in favour of specific technologies, there is now a consensus – even by […]

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STA disappointed in exclusion of solar from Government’s plan

The Government has today published a 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution. Despite being the most cost-effective electricity generating technology for the foreseeable future according to the Government’s own forecasts, solar was noticeably absent from the Prime Minister’s announcement, which is largely a repackaging of policies already announced earlier this year. While the Government […]

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STA comments on government response to CCC report

The Government has published its response to the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) 2020 Progress Report to Parliament, in which it revealed plans for a “comprehensive” Net Zero Strategy in the lead up to COP26. [1] The response earmarks a number of policy changes in 2020, including reopening Contracts for Difference to solar and onshore […]

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MCS launches new Solar PV Standard as domestic installations remain buoyant  

National certification scheme MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) has published a new update of their Solar PV Standard. The timely new standard comes as strong signs of recovery can be seen after a turbulent 18-months for Solar PV installers. The publication coincides with MCS reporting encouraging volumes of Solar PV installations despite the government closing the […]

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Solar PV forecast as cheapest power generating technology in UK

New Government figures indicate large-scale solar will be lowest cost deploy and maintain over the next two decades. New analysis on electricity generation costs published by the department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have marked large-scale solar PV as the outright cheapest electricity generating technology available in the coming years. For projects commissioning […]

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Solar panel installations to slash energy bills in Brighton

Brighton Council says that installations of solar panels on 500 households could help residents cut energy bills by up to £150 and reduce CO2 emissions by 300 tonnes every year. Chair of the housing committee, Gill Williams, said; “We know many residents struggle with energy costs and that can have a real impact on their […]

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STA calls for 2030 solar target

The STA is calling for the government to commit to a target of 40GW of solar capacity by 2030, in a letter to Alok Sharma, Secretary of State of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and has published a new policy paper which outlines how this can be achieved, and contribute to the green recovery. STA […]

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UK’s largest solar park given green light

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has taken the decision to approve planning permission for Cleve Hill Solar Park, which is set to be the largest solar park ever constructed in the UK. The development is located approximately 2KM northeast of Faversham and will consist of 350MW solar photovoltaic array and electrical […]

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UK solar peak generation record broken

Clear skies and cool temperatures have helped UK solar to break the all-time peak generation record. Around 12:30 on Monday 20 April 2020, a peak of 9.68GW was recorded by Sheffield Solar live PV generation tracker, surpassing the previous record of 9.55GW set on 13 May 2019. At the time of the peak, solar was […]

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