STA moves in with RenewableUK to create ‘renewables hub’

The Solar Trade Association (STA) is to lease part of RenewableUK’s Westminster-based offices as part of a move which it said would create a “renewables hub” in the capital.

The agreement will see the STA move from its existing offices near Covent Garden to space within RenewableUK’s offices at Greencoat House, Francis Street.

Hugh McNeal, chief executive at RenewableUK, welcomed the STA and said it made sense for the two organisations to “work alongside one another in this way”.

The STA has previously collaborated with RenewableUK, which represents the UK’s wind, wave and tidal energy industries, on a number of fronts, particularly community ownership of renewables and issues surrounding embedded benefits.

STA chief exec Paul Barwell pointed towards a recent members’ survey which found that an overwhelming majority wanted the association to work more closely with other industry bodies.

“In addition to making resources work harder for our members, we look forward to identifying more areas for collaboration with RenewableUK. The technologies our two organisations represent are at the heart of the international transition to clean power - investment will need to triple to meet the Paris Agreement commitments so this move stands us in good stead for a bright future,” he added.

The move will become effective from 21 December 2016.