Renewable Energy Association launches new UK Solar and Energy Storage trade associations

Renewable Energy AssociationBy DARA BUTTERFIELD

The Renewable Energy Association has  launched two new industry bodies – UK Solar and UK Energy Storage – to fully support the development and commercialisation of both technologies.

UK Solar is to support and represent over 130 current members and hopes to become the trusted voice of solar power in the UK. The body aims to develop a clear path to grid parity with wholesale and retail electricity prices across all sectors of the solar power market.

Dr Nina Skorupska, Chief Executive, REA, said: “Solar power is one of the first major renewable energy technologies set to compete with traditional energy sources without subsidy.

“The integration of solar as a major player in the UK energy mix will transform the power market. Businesses, households and the public sector will see their energy bills reduced.

“It is the mission of UK Solar to support and drive the transition to this solar future”

UK Energy Storage is hoped to help create a ‘smooth path to commercialisation’ for storage technologies in the UK through delivering and developing effective policy.

Energy storage technologies offer huge potential for the UK’s energy supply mix. The ability to store renewable power which can then be used to meet demand when it is needed can deliver tremendous benefits for system stability and security of supply as well as decarbonising UK energy supplies.

Using the REA’s experience of successfully bringing new technologies to market, UK Energy Storage will ensure that storage technologies have a smooth path to commercialisation in the UK through delivering and developing effective policy.

The Renewable Energy Association is the largest renewable energy trade association in the UK, with approximately 1,000 members, ranging from major multinationals to sole traders.

Ray Noble, Senior Advisor, REA, said: “The potential for energy storage to transform the UK energy mix is immense. Through representing all types and scale storage technologies the REA will drive the commercialisation of viable storage solutions in the UK.

“The integration of storage technologies will bring down costs and increase the capacity of renewable energy available on demand, which could revolutionise the energy mix.”




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