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STA launches #KeepSolarThermal campaign

On the 21st March 2016 the STA (Solar Trade Association) held an emergency meeting and decided to take a “strong approach” in rebutting the Government’s proposal to remove solar thermal from the RHI scheme.

The STA argue solar thermal has huge potential for the future, and have launched the #KeepSolarThermal campaign in order to gain support for the cause. 

Supporters are urged to fill out the simplified consultation template found on the campaign website and send it to the DECC in support of solar thermal before the deadline of 27th April. 

There are three simple questions to consider:

Do you agree that we should withdraw support for new solar thermal systems in the Domestic RHI from 2017?

Do you agree that we should withdraw support for new solar thermal systems in the Non-Domestic RHI from 2017?

Do you have alternative proposals, beyond those summarised above, for further changes which may help increase deployment among those less able to pay?

STA’s view:

“Solar thermal is one of the cheapest and most established renewable energy technologies able to contribute to the UK’s renewable heat targets.

“It is designed to work alongside the majority of heating systems and can provide roughly half of your hot water requirements across the year and nearly all during the summer months.

“Solar thermal ensures the widest possible number of homes, including smaller, urban and less-able-to-pay homes will be able to benefit from the RHI helping improve fairness and inclusivity in public funding. Solar thermal is also unique in not presenting ongoing fuel costs & future cost uncertainty, which is particularly valuable for vulnerable homes.

“Solar thermal’s potential for space heating, community heating and industrial process heating is tremendous & rather than dropping solar thermal Government should be supporting the development of its full range of applications.”

The STA will hold a meeting on 19th April, to review its response and ensure it is as robust and representative of its member’s views as possible.  Comments and edits in track changes can be sent to  before 19th April.

The deadline for response to DECC is 11:45pm on the 27th April 2016 to

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