Solar Trade Association

STA Scotland

Since 1978 the STA has promoted solar energy and worked to make its adoption easy and profitable for domestic, commercial and utility users. As a not-for-profit association we are funded by our membership base, which includes manufacturers, distributors, developers, asset owners, O&M providers, academia, consultants and law firms.

Our work helps to create and expand UK markets in solar and storage by overcoming barriers and helping our members to reduce costs and to identify new risks and opportunities. As the recognised voice of these linked industries in the UK, our expert input is sought by policy-makers at all levels.

Solar’s exceptional synergies with storage, electric vehicles (EVs) and smart grids mean we work on the frontline of technology and system change. Our incisive research, policy-development and lobbying shapes Government policy and regulation. In partnership with key players right across the energy industry, the STA is working to secure the smart systems that solar and storage need to thrive.

Solar facilitates the adoption of smart grid technologies and when combined with storage and EVs, will be a key enabler to achieving international clean energy objectives and decarbonising the UK economy.

A smart, clean, and efficient energy system is characterised by higher levels of distributed power, as the choices for business and households, and even whole cities, expand. The innovative narratives of consumers playing their own part in the energy market through on-site generation, storage and demand-side response is on the brink of becoming a reality.

Many of the almost 1 million solar homes in the UK will be able to charge their electric car from their own generated power and save money. The annual savings for cars that are left at home and charged by solar PV during the day could be upwards of £100. But it doesn’t have to stop there. Clean power from domestic solar + storage systems could be traded in virtual communities too – enabling residents to charge their EVs from their neighbors excess supply.

More local power provision and local grid management, which solar delivers, negates the need for centralised generation and network capacity to meet peaks, which could increase significantly as transport electrifies.

But if planned well, EVs could result in even net negative emissions because grid-connected EV batteries could provide major benefits for wider system efficiency—given a low-carbon electrical grid.