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Solar Energy UK uses its influence to alter government policy and attract new talent to the UK solar industry. Image: Pexels

Solar Energy UK, the UK’s leading solar trade association, has surpassed a key milestone – reaching 400 members. This achievement reflects the accelerating growth of the industry and the organisation’s success in supporting solar energy development. From its humble beginnings in 1978, Solar Energy UK has played a key role in driving innovation and favourable policy for the solar energy sector.

Solar Energy UK’s 400th member is solar distributor CCL Components. Managing director Paul Brooks said: “We are very pleased to be joining Solar Energy UK. This membership milestone reflects the association’s achievements in uniting the industry and the significance of its commitment to achieving 70GW by 2035. We’re looking forward to working alongside our peers and key stakeholders within the industry and exploring new opportunities to foster collaboration.”

This expansion of Solar Energy UK’s membership aligns with broader trends in the UK’s renewable energy landscape. The organisation has played a key role in government reforms supporting solar, like the reintroduction of photovoltaics in Contracts for Difference auctions and improving planning rules for rooftops and solar farms, helping to create a favourable environment for the industry. The government’s ambitions for a net zero future have further fueled the development of solar and other renewables.

Stronger, more unified

Ultimately, Solar Energy UK’s growth translates into a stronger, more unified voice for solar power in the UK. Unified representation is crucial as the industry seeks to overcome challenges and navigate evolving regulatory frameworks. As the organisation grows, so does its ability to advocate effectively for policies that support continued expansion and address potential roadblocks.

“Together, we are transforming the energy sector, pushing the boundaries of innovation and efficiency. This isn’t just about numbers; it’s about our collective commitment to a decarbonised future,” said Solar Energy UK chief executive Chris Hewett, hailing the milestone as a “fantastic achievement”. 

“I want to extend my deepest gratitude to each and every member for their invaluable contributions. Their hard work, innovation, and collaboration have propelled us to this remarkable achievement. Let’s continue to harness the power of the sun and illuminate the path towards a brighter, cleaner future,” Hewett added. 

The next major step for Solar Energy UK will be the imminent release of the government-industry Solar Roadmap, which will further guide the push towards the 70GW capacity target by 2035. The organisation has championed the solar industry since its inception, advocating for training, investment, and career opportunities in the UK solar industry. Its valuable work will be instrumental as the UK approaches the 2035 deadline.

Solar Power Portal’s publisher Solar Media will host the UK Solar Summit on 4-5 June 2024 in London. The event will explore the UK’s new landscape for utility and rooftop solar, looking at the opportunities within a GW+ annual market, and much more. For more information, go to the website.