The Solar Trade Association (STA) has signed an agreement to lease part of Renewable UK office in London in a move which has practical benefits for both separate organisations and their different memberships.
But it is also hoped that the creation of this new ‘green and yellow’ renewables hub will foster a healthy exchange of ideas on the key strategic issues that are facing the energy sector as a whole,and the renewables industry in particular.
The two renewable energy associations have previously collaborated on community ownership, smart power and embedded benefits. The associations have many common goals including securing the cheaper, more flexible system that enables easy integration of variable generators.
However, there is no suggestion of one organisation ‘taking over’ another here – unlike north of the Border where Scottish Renewables Ltd. is casting ambitious eyes over the Solar Trade Scotland forum as its own membership continues to decline.
Jonathan Selwyn, STA Chairman, commented: “Solar and wind, together with complementary smart technologies, will deliver the cleanest and most cost effective solutions for our energy future. The STA works closely with RenewableUK, and other advocates for renewables, to articulate this vision. This move will enable us to develop areas of shared interest and tackle some of the common political barriers to development.”
And Paul Barwell, STA Chief Executive, added: “Our recent members’ survey revealed that 92% of our members would recommend joining the STA but they want to see us collaborate more closely with other industry associations – this move shows we are serious about doing so.
“In addition to making resources work harder for our members, we look forward to identifying more areas for collaboration. The technologies our two organisations represent are at the heart of the international transition to clean power – investment will need to triple to meet the Paris Agreement commitments so this move stands us in good stead for a bright future.”
Hugh McNeal, RUK CEO, said: “It makes sense for our two organisations to work alongside one another in this way, sharing space and sharing ideas on how we both deliver for our members and enable them to deliver vital, modern, and affordable power for UK consumers.”
The Glasgow-based Scottish Energy Association provides business networking and development opportunities for members from across the Scottish energy spectrum – including the main GOR (gas, oil and renewable) sectors.