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Solar Energy UK hits 400-member milestone

Solar Energy UK 
02 May 2024

Solar Energy UK is delighted to announce that our membership has reached 400 businesses and organisations, following a period of rapid expansion. 

Solar Energy UK Chief Executive Chris Hewett described this as a “fantastic achievement. This milestone is a testament to the unwavering dedication and passion of our members who continue to drive the solar energy industry forward.” 

From a small group of passionate pioneers in 1978 to a force of 400 businesses and organisations today, we have come a long way. We have witnessed incredible advancements, from focusing on solar thermal to the revolution of large-scale photovoltaics and battery storage. 

“Together, we are transforming the energy sector, pushing the boundaries of innovation and efficiency. This isn’t just about numbers; it’s about our collective commitment to a decarbonised future,” said Hewett. 

I want to extend my deepest gratitude to each and every member for their invaluable contributions. Their hard work, innovation, and collaboration have propelled us to this remarkable achievement. Let’s continue to harness the power of the sun and illuminate the path towards a brighter, cleaner future,” he added. 

Solar Energy UK’s 400th member is solar distributor CCL Components.  

Its managing director Paul Brooks said: “We are very pleased to be joining Solar Energy UK. This membership milestone reflects the association’s achievements in uniting the industry, and the significance of its commitment to achieving 70GW by 2035. We’re looking forward to working alongside our peers and key stakeholders within the industry and exploring new opportunities to foster collaboration. 

Over recent years, Solar Energy UK has secured key changes in government policy, most notably the reintroduction of photovoltaics into the Contracts for Difference auctions and improving planning rules for rooftops and solar farms, while continuing to drive progress across the industry.  

Another major step will come shortly, in the form of the government-industry Solar Roadmap, which will point the way reaching the target of 70 gigawatts of capacity by 2035. But we also have ambitious plans to tackle sustainability in the supply chain and a new solar careers programme, to attract talent to the industry. 

The more members we have, the stronger our voice. Join us in shaping a brighter future

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