The Solar Trade Association (STA) is the leading voice for the solar industry in the UK. We represent both the solar heating and solar power renewable energy sector groups. It was established in 1978 as a not-for-profit association and we have a wide range of membership companies comprising from large manufacturers, through to distributors installers, consultancy firms and training bodies. In addition, it has a rapidly growing contingent of overseas members looking to do business in the UK. Through its affiliation with the REA, it is the most influential trade association in these sectors.
The STA works closely with Government and its officials on policy areas that effect solar’s deployment including financial incentives, planning, building regulations and taxation. It also engages heavily on technical and training issues. In addition, the STA provides expert advice on all these issues to its membership either individually or through its regular member meetings and news letters.
The STA’s four key objectives are to:
1) Champion solar to investors, decision-makers and in the media to maximise positive perceptions
2) Promote high standards and strengthen the industry’s reputation through our technical and issue-specific working groups
3) Listen and respond diligently to membership needs to optimise membership satisfaction
4) Retain STA’s position as the most influential solar trade association with Government and be recognised by all stakeholders as the voice of the solar industry.
Joining the STA means that you become part of the community of companies and individuals focused on solar in the UK. Through membership, you will be promoted as the best choice for solar equipment & services and being a member can bring the following benefits:
Additional Membership Benefits :
Through its affiliation with the REA, the STA is now represented on :
The STA is overseen by a Board of Directors and policy is decided on the principle of one member, one vote. Currently, beneath the Board there are several working groups covering: policy and lobbying, training, separate technical groups for PV and ST as well as groups for manufacturers, construction and merchant sectors.
The STA and its members are governed by the Articles and Byelaws. These documents set out the rules governing the Association including powers of the Board of Directors, membership criteria and disciplinary procedures.
The Articles and Byelaws may be updated from time to time and the current version can be downloaded below.