The former minister of energy and climate change Greg Barker has been named  the new president of the British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA).

The trade body confirmed the appointment this morning. Reza Shaybani, chairman of the BPVA, said it was a “huge honour” to have Barker as the new president, saying he had a record  which “speaks for itself”.

“The UK solar industry was born while Greg was the Energy Minister at DECC responsible for solar. During his time in office, the UK’s solar industry grew to be the largest market in Europe and one of the strongest in the world.

“The BPVA board is extremely excited to have Greg as our President which will enable us to be stronger at home and in the international market,” Shaybani added.

Barker will combine the role with his duties as chair of the London Sustainable Development Commission after standing down as the MP for Bexhill & Battle at May’s general election.

Simon Booth, Managing Director at REI says “it’s a major coup for BPVA to have someone of Greg Barker’s calibre at the helm”.

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