The Renewable Energy Association represents the UK’s renewable energy industry, covering all renewable sectors across power, heat, transport and renewable gas. The REA is a not-for-profit industry association, established in 2001. Since then it has grown rapidly to become the UK's largest renewable industry body. It hosts the Solar Trade Association, creating a combined membership of over 950 members. The REA has a proven track-record of achieving breakthroughs in UK renewables policy and legislation, a ‘one member one vote’ ethos, a co-operative approach and a coherent perspective across the whole field of renewable energy. The newly formed Wood Heat Association (WHA) is also an affiliate trade association to the umbrella trade body, REA.
Our members comprise a wide variety of organisations including generators, project developers, fuel producers and distributors, equipment producers and service providers. Members range in size from major multinationals through to small installers.
If you wish to discuss our membership categories to ensure the best fit for your company our Membership Team are happy to speak with you. Contact them by email on email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone them on 020 7925 3570.
Download the Wood Heat Association membership form here or at the bottom of this page.
How to join the REA
You can now apply for REA membership online – click here and follow the prompts, entering all relevant company information or download the pdf form at the bottom of the page. Payment can be taken online by credit card or you can request an invoice to be sent to you. Your REA membership will commence upon notification by the REA membership team, who will then send out the relevant joining information and Welcome Pack.
The benefits of membership and our activities
Policy development; The sheer quantity of new renewable energy policy means it can be almost impossible to keep on top of it all. REA policy specialists, who are often UK leaders in their field, provide information to members on a daily basis to save them time and money. The REA’s various technology sector groups shape our work. For a brief introduction to these groups, please visit the member’s sector groups page.
The REA regularly lobbies Government, its departments, their agencies and Parliamentarians, through policy development and pro-active campaigns. REA has several cross-cutting groups that work closely with the REA’s technology and policy groups. Categories of membership dictate how many sector groups members can join.
Securing action; We work collaboratively with Parliamentarians, NGOs, think tanks and others to secure political support at UK and EU level.
Communications; Every week, REA emails out a member-only newsletter, containing must know information, key diary dates, a table detailing the status of the various consultations we will or will not be responding to and events we are running, participating in or have secured a members’ discount for. This newsletter is very highly regarded. Members receive a company listing on our website www.r-e-a.net and in our on-line Directory with the option of uploading your logo. REA publish a renewable energy magazine crammed with news and topical articles, which is mailed to stakeholders, NGOs, MPs, REA members and is widely distributed at events and online. Members are offered discounted rates to advertise in the magazine.
Events; A number of set-piece events are organised by the REA throughout the year, including the celebrated annual British Renewable Energy Awards and Gala Dinner together with specific events and seminars highlighting key, topical areas of interest such as; EMR, Planning and Grid.
Training; We also run a programme of highly successful, tailored, training workshops, offering an in-depth, very detailed session on key policy areas such as; Renewable Heat Incentive, Feed-in Tariffs and Renewables Obligation.
Discounts to affiliated organisations;
The REA set up the Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd (REAL) which runs RECC (Renewable Energy Consumer Code) with the aim of guaranteeing a high quality experience for consumers wishing to buy or lease small-scale energy generation systems for their homes. The RECC logo is a sign of excellence, that the company has agreed to abide by the high standards set out in the Renewable Energy Consumer Code. The Code is backed by the Trading Standards Institute as part of its self-regulation initiative, the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme. The CCAS was formerly run by the Office of Fair Trading. The RECC logo is a symbol of professional excellence. www.recc.org.uk
REAL also runs the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme, an assurance scheme for the digestate standard, www.biofertiliser.org.uk and the Green Gas Certification Scheme www.greengas.org.uk, a means of contractually tracking biomethane from injection to final end use.
Membership with RECC is currently a requirement of MSC accreditation for installers. REA currently offer a special REA membership rate to RECC members with fewer than seven employees and an annual turnover of less than £500k.
The REA offers a special discount for National Farmers Union (NFU) members prior to their commissioning of a renewable installation. If you’re a farmer looking to be kept abreast of key renewables information and events; simply contact the NFU, obtain your special code and receive a 50% discount off the REA Corresponding category fee.
The REA hosts the Solar Trade Association (STA). The STA is the leading voice for the solar industry in the UK. STA is the largest, most active and influential trade association in the sector. The STA is of particular relevance those involved in design, manufacture, installation, maintenance or distribution of solar thermal or solar pv.
A full list of STA fees and members benefits is available on the STA website at www.solar-trade.org.uk.
The Wood Heat Association (WHA) is newly affiliated to the REA. The WHA was founded in interim form last year by wood heat companies seeking to establish a single trade body to represent the modern UK wood heating industry, from equipment manufacturers and installers to fuel producers and distributors. The WHA Interim Board decided to establish the WHA as an affiliate association to the umbrella trade body the REA. Under the partnership, the WHA will benefit from the REA’s back-office support and proven policy expertise in much the same way as the Solar Trade Association (STA), which affiliated to the REA in 2011.
More detailed information on the WHA can be found on the WHA website at www.woodheatassociation.org.uk.