STA responds to latest solar statistics
The Solar Trade Association (STA) has said that statistics about solar PV issued by BEIS may be “incomplete”.
The statistics, relating to the rate of deployment of solar power in 2019, indicated that this had fallen to its lowest since 2010. However, the STA has claimed these figures have not been updated since March 2019 for the 50kW to ≤ 5 MW category of solar installation.
The STA added that several large-scale solar farms have been completed in 2019, including NextEnergy Solar Fund’s 50MW subsidy-free Staughton site, which was switched on in December 2019.
Chris Hewett, chief executive of the STA, said, “Continuing to publish incomplete datasets is extremely negligent and inconsiderate of the effect it can have on investor confidence.”
“They paint a picture of a stagnating market, when in fact solar in the UK is stable and recovering after a difficult couple of years.”