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Renewable Energy

Solar Thermal Now

 Nov, 20 - 2017   Renewable Energy

The Solar Trade Association (STA) have produced a new report called Solar Thermal Now. The report was produced in collaboration with the solar thermal working group. The STA launched the report at the Stamford Bridge leg of PHEX 2017 on the 15th November. It dispels common misconceptions of solar thermal...


More delays to the RHI

 Jul, 13 - 2017   Renewable Energy

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) reforms have been delayed until after the summer. Due to the ongoing unstable political landscape in the UK caused by the snap election and Brexit, the reforms have already suffered a number of delays and setbacks. Now, with the changes to the government and current...


New Energy Bill Announcement

 Jul, 06 - 2017   Renewable Energy

Britain’s independent energy regulator Ofgem, announces a new energy bill cap and online switching service to try to protect vulnerable consumers, ensuring they get a better energy deal.  The options which are being considered by Ofgem at the moment, include the following; Plans to protect vulnerable consumers, including the option of a safeguard tariff...


Political uncertainty – Does this give solar a new hope?

 Jun, 21 - 2017   Renewable Energy

With the shockwaves from the recent election still being felt in every corner of the country, a solar revival may be on the cards according to the Solar Trade Association (STA). All the confusion surrounding the government, a potential deal with the DUP and a manifesto that looks like it...


Can solar transform the UK?

 Jun, 09 - 2017   Renewable Energy

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has published its ‘Great British Solar Manifesto’ highlighting the contribution solar can make to the well-being and prosperity of Britain over the next Parliament.   What is the Great British Solar Manifesto? The Great British Solar Manifesto shows how solar contributions could benefit the UK. This...


G-CERT Scheme launched by Grant

 May, 30 - 2017   Renewable Energy

Leading heating manufacturer suppler Grant UK has launched a new scheme called G-CERT. The new scheme will support engineers wanting to offer their end-users MCS compliant installations, without having to undertake MCS accreditation.   How does the G-CERT Scheme work? Grant UK acts as the MCS accredited organisation so is able to...


Solar thermal to stay in RHI

 Dec, 14 - 2016   Renewable Energy

2016 has been the year of bad news following more bad news for most of us. Today, however, we welcome some really positive news. The Government has dropped plans to remove solar thermal from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The Solar Trade Association (STA) provided clear evidence and galvanised strong...


Solar Suffering – STA lobbying for improvement

 Aug, 04 - 2016   Renewable Energy

2016 has not been a good year for the Solar industry in the UK.   The Solar Trade Association (STA) recently conducted a survey on the state of the industry and what future priorities are.   They had a great response with the report being covered by The Times, Guardian,...


Renewable Industry reactions to scrapping of DECC

 Jul, 20 - 2016   Renewable Energy

As our new Prime Minister, Theresa May, began shaping her new cabinet last week, news came in thick and fast of high-profile sackings, resignations and reshuffles. While rumours circulated about the future of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the industry watched with baited breath.   For many, fears...


New Funding for Renewable Technologies

 Jul, 07 - 2016   Renewable Energy

New Funding for Renewable Technologies to Increase the Efficiency of Heating Systems Two huge problems faced when attempting to heat UK housing and businesses on a large scale are the high cost and the worrying carbon emissions. Thanks to innovative technologies and government funding of £320 million over the next...


Solar Independence day – Show your support

 Jul, 01 - 2016   Renewable Energy

July the 4th may be more well known in America as its independence day but the UK is taking it back I an effort to support the solar industry. The Solar Trade Association (STA) is using the day as a platform to promote solar at a time of uncertainty. Despite...


UK ranked fourth in global renewables table

 Jun, 24 - 2016   Renewable Energy

News of the UK’s positive achievements in the renewables sector over the past year has been welcomed by the industry. According to the Renewables Global Status Report, the UK ranks as the country with the fourth highest investment in renewable energy. This may come as a surprise to some, as...


RHI “Doomed to fail” – Can it be saved in time?

 May, 09 - 2016   Renewable Energy

RHI is destined to fail unless there is “radical reform”. That’s according to Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA).   A recently published report called “RHI: A Smarter Approach” published to coincide with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) RHI consultation, concludes that the proposed RHI policy will not...


Keep Solar Thermal campaign

 Apr, 15 - 2016   Renewable Energy

On the 21st March 2016 the STA (Solar Trade Association) held an emergency meeting and decided to take a “strong approach” in rebutting the government’s proposal to remove solar thermal from the RHI scheme.   The STA have started the #KeepSolarThermal campaign page, urging people to fill out the consultation...


How is RHI changing?

 Mar, 21 - 2016   Renewable Energy

If you have been following the headlines in the trade press in 2016 you may have noticed that the rules around financial incentives for installing renewable heating technologies are changing.   The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is still going, it has not disappeared as some would have you believe, and it’s...


Are Solar installations on the up?

 Feb, 01 - 2016   Renewable Energy

Government statistics show an increase in solar installations ahead of the cuts to the FiTs scheme.   The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released its latest statistics on solar deployment under the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme until the end of 2015.   According to statistics, domestic and...


MCS proposals could be costly for your business

 Nov, 27 - 2015   Renewable Energy

Microgeneration installation companies face an eye watering rise in overheads if proposals by the MCS are given the go-ahead. If you are likely to be affected by this story make sure you have your say here before the 4th December.   The quality assurance scheme, currently owned by the Department...


Heat Pump Installation – Update for Installers

 Oct, 08 - 2015   Renewable Energy

It’s not just the gas heating installers that have been affected by the ErP directive, there has now been an update to the MCS heat pump installation standards.   In May 2015, in response to the changes brought about by the much discussed ErP Directive, the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)...


‘Keep FiTs’ campaign launched outside DECC

 Sep, 23 - 2015   Renewable Energy

News of massive cuts to the Feed in Tariffs (FiTs) has sparked outrage amongst renewable installers, pro-green advocates and end users looking to cut bills and reduce their carbon footprint. Campaign group, 10:10 has consequently launched the ‘Keep FiTs’ campaign, installing a ‘phantom solar farm’ outside DECC’s Head Quarters in...


20,000 jobs could be lost – The cost of the FiTs cuts

 Sep, 07 - 2015   Renewable Energy

After the news broke of impending cuts to the feed-in tariff payments for people with solar panels, Friends of the Earth say that it could stop more than 1GW of solar power being installed each year. A UK Government survey claimed that around 20 jobs are created for every megawatt...