The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has this week announced the launch of two trade bodies, following the decision last year to bring anend to its long-standing affiliation with the Solar Trade Association.
The REA confirmed the official launch of UK Solar, which will represent the trade body’s 130 existing solar members, and UK Energy Storage, which aims to establish itself as “the trade body for all storage technologies across the UK”.
REA chief executive Dr Nina Skorupska said UK Solar would look to build its membership base and support the fast-expanding solar market.
“The REA is excited to announce the launch of UK Solar,” she said. “Solar power is one of the first major renewables energy technologies set to compete with traditional energy sources without subsidy. The integration of solar as a major player in the UK energy mix will transform the power market. Businesses, households and the public sector will see their energy bills reduced. It is the mission of UK Solar to support and drive the transition to this solar future.”
Simon Booth, Managing Director REI says “the setting up of an affiliated trade body for UK solar by the Renwable Energy Assocation is a very exciting development for our solar industry. It gives additional gravitas and focus to a market which is deemed as a ‘sleeping giant”.