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SolarEdge will comply with the PTSI regulation surrounding cyber security. Image: SolarEdge

SolarEdge has announced that its entire product portfolio complies with the UK’s Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) regulation.

The UK’s new PSTI regulatory scheme, which will come into effect on April 29, aims to make internet-connectable products more secure amid growing awareness of cyber security threats.

All manufacturers of connected consumer devices—including renewable and solar energy infrastructure—must comply with a new series of cyber security requirements designed to address security threats or eliminate potential security vulnerabilities.

Zvi Lando, CEO of SolarEdge Technologies, said: “Just as advances in safety have become standard in the solar industry, cyber-safe solutions should also be non-negotiable. The UK’s new PSTI cyber security regulation is a legislative milestone towards creating a cyber-security benchmark for manufacturers.”

Regulatory standards

The UK government has been developing and passing new regulations for the renewable energy sector over the past few years as the industry continues to grow in prominence.

The UK Solar Taskforce, for example, established four issue-specific sub-groups in July 2023 to support the creation of its roadmap for 70GW of solar by 2035.

The four issue-specific groups will tackle electricity networks, skills, rooftop solar, and supply chains, all of which are regarded as key obstacles to scaling the UK’s solar generation capacity.

The Taskforce, first introduced as part of the government’s ‘Energy Security Day’ package following calls for its creation in Chris Skidmore’s Independent Review of Net Zero report, is looking to drive forward the necessary action to reach the pre-established targets.

One of the key aspects of the group is the creation of a strategic roadmap which will look to assist in the development of and securing cross-government and industry buy-in to a UK roadmap for solar, setting out a clear step-by-step deployment trajectory to achieve up to 70GW of solar by 2035.

Looking forward, it seems UK lawmakers are in favour of continuing to support solar development across the country through legislation. In fact, according to a YouGov poll, 79% of all MPs support making solar panels mandatory for all new-build homes from 2025 onwards.

Three in five MPs (approximately 61%) believe that residential battery energy storage systems (BESS) should also be mandatory in new homes. The figure rises to 77% when focused solely on Labour MPs.