The REA has a long history of working to progress and champion the solar industry. The Association played a key role championing the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) and subsequently supported the sector’s growth in the 2010’s through training and detailed policy work.
From 2015 the REA argued for the sector in the face of cuts to the Feed-in Tariff, closure of the Renewables Obligation, removal of LECs, scrapping of the Zero Carbon Homes policy, hiking of VAT on solar and battery storage installations, and closure of Pot 1 of the Contracts for Difference scheme.
Recent REA work in solar is focused on establishing a route to market for solar at domestic, commercial, and standalone scales, amending building regulations, and supporting the emergence of a more flexible power sector.
The REA also works closely with the MSC scheme and it’s wholly-owned subsidiary Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd (REAL) runs the Renewable Energy Consumer Code for domestic solar installers.
REA’s Solar Forum provides its members with a direct solar offering and is an influential voice in the solar industry.
Key work areas of the Forum include:
- Building regulations
- Development of a more flexible power system
- Grid connection costs and processes
- Re-opening of Pot 1 CfD auctions & route to market for subsidy-free solar
- Development of the Smart Export Guarantee
- Consumer protection
Governance of the Forum
- CHAIR: John Macdonald-Brown, CEO at Syzygy Consulting
To learn more, contact Isobel Morris at the REA.
NEWS & PRESS RELEASES — Oct 23, 2020
Richard Simon-Lewis, Head of Origination, Marketing & Communications for UK Export Finance, tells us about the government support available to help renewable energy companies export – including the new export development guarantee.
NEWS & PRESS RELEASES — Oct 06, 2020
Government pledges to make Covid-19 catalyst for drive to build back greener.
NEWS & PRESS RELEASES — Oct 02, 2020
REA comment: New definition for energy storage must be a ‘stopgap measure’ only
MEMBERS ONLY Dec 18, 2020
MEMBERS ONLY Nov 30, 2020
Solar Forum Meeting
MEMBERS ONLY Sep 22, 2020
Feb 25, 2021
REA Wayleaves Reform Draft Paper for Member Review
Feb 9, 2021
Jan 25, 2021
This summary details how government departments and regulators that often work with the renewables industry are responding to the Covid-19 crisis, and also gives information on how major trade unions and trade bodies are providing support to members.