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STA and REA part ways

REA and STA break up

It was recently announced that the formal affiliation between the Solar Trade Association (STA) and Renewable Energy Association (REA) is to end, after almost 4 years working together.

The partnership officially ceases in January 2015, when the two associations will be again independent and can focus on their key strengths in their respective industries. This reflects a global trend in that both solar and renewables now have the impetus to be their own entity and exist to serve a more targeted demographic.

The final decision was made by the STA, a not-for-profit trade association that has been a voice for the industry for over 30 years’, due to a conflict of interests in how the two companies’ would develop their partnership, going forwards.

Referring to the decision, STA Chairman Jan Sisson, said: “Solar has come of age and has become a significant presence in the UK renewables market. As this market has expanded, so too must the STA to meet the new challenges ahead. It is vital that solar energy strengthens its voice, particularly with an eye on the increasingly competitive post-subsidy world.

“I would like to thank everyone at the Renewable Energy Association for its valued contribution in supporting the STA to become the highly professional, respected, and influential voice of solar that it is today. It speaks volumes about the progress of the STA that we now attract all the leading names in solar to our membership and we look forward to strengthening our voice going forwards. We may now be two separate organisations, but we will continue to work side by side towards our common goal of mainstreaming renewable energy.”

Chairman of the REA, Martin Wright, adds: “I’m very proud of the achievements we have secured together these past three and a half years and very grateful to the STA staff and membership for their vital work. I wish the STA every success for the future.”

The two companies have vowed to work side by side in their efforts to ensure that solar power becomes a mainstream technology, however will work separately in order to “focus on their core strengths”.

Waxman Energy is a member of both the REA and STA, which both serve a very important purpose in terms of industry credibility and trust. Although this news has come in bad timing, with most of the industry pushing our Government attempts to reduce funding for solar farm installations, it could pave the way for a more focussed and dedicated pair of associations in the future.

Working with some of the industry’s leading manufacturers, all of which are Tier 1, we are able to provide some of the most energy efficient and innovative solar PV products on the market, And, because we have a dedicated online order portal, for MCS installers, it’s never been easier for our customers to buy online no matter where they are.

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