New chairman of STA Scotland heralds new era for Scottish solar power

Chris Clark
Chris Clark

John Forster has stood down as chairman of Solar Trade Association Scotland – serving for three years since it was set up.

He is succeeded by Chris Clark, a qualified consultant engineer at Emtec Group.

The establishment of STA Scotland in 2015 has spurred the development of the solar industry in Scotland; raising awareness of the growing role solar has in providing security of supply, alleviating fuel poverty, providing local assets for community ownership, and facilitating the uptake of smart grid technologies.

Last year, the STA was officially endorsed in the SNP Manifesto as the association to work with in order to expand solar in Scotland.

Forster commented: “With a tenure as Chairman that spanned two Scottish and three UK Governments, it has certainly been an interesting three years.

“I openly admit to a sense of pride in what the team at STA Scotland and indeed the wider STA has achieved; we have truly become the voice of solar in Scotland. 

“I am now delighted to be handing over the leadership of STA Scotland to the new chairman Chris Clark and vice-chairman Thomas McMillan.

“As key contributing members to the success story that is STA Scotland, they have both proved that they are committed and powerful advocates for this dynamic solar industry, and will ensure the bright future that the industry and Scotland as a whole deserves.

Clark said“One of my main objectives will be to try and ensure every new building in Scotland, both domestic and non-domestic has as much solar installed on the roof as is possible.”

The appointment of Clark as new chairman signals STA Scotland’s focus on maintaining momentum on solar deployment in Scotland and a commitment to growing the industry more than fifteen-fold, consistent with the target of deploying at least 6.6GWp by 2030 (should key barriers be reduced).

Thomas McMillan,
Thomas McMillan

Thomas McMillan, Director of the Energy Team at Savills, said that “the time was right for a new chair to focus on the key issues for the Scottish solar sector; in particular business rates, grid, permitted development rights and building standards.”

Under the new leadership, STA Scotland will capitalise on the range of upcoming opportunities to roll-out greater amounts of solar, such as the revision of the Scottish Building Standards and the transition from DNOs to DSOs.

Leveraging the synergies between solar and other low carbon solutions, such as battery powered vehicles (BPVs) and storage, will also be in the Scottish solar spotlight in 2018. 

1 Dec 2017

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