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Solar Energy UK policy team expands 

Solar Energy UK
4 May 2023

Responding to the rapid growth of the solar industry and the changing policy agenda, Solar Energy UK is proud to announce that two new members of staff, Simran Massey and Harvie Agnew, have joined our policy team.  

Simran is our new Policy Analyst – Economic and Network Regulations.  

She recently completed an MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Development) from the London School of Economics (LSE). At the same time, she was also a Don Lavoie Fellow in Political Economy at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center for a term. Simran completed an 11-month internship with an SNP MP at the same time as her studies, researching for her dissertation on regeneration, green jobs and social inclusion in Kilmarnock. She was also a Research Assistant for the Race Matters Initiative at the Department of Social Policy, alongside further research roles,  

Before LSE, she was a research scholar at the Institute of Economics and Econometrics at the University of Geneva, plus a master’s degree in public policy and a BA in Economics.  

On joining Solar Energy UK, Simran said: “I believe that the Government’s green initiatives are a moral and economic imperative. We must aim for a green future built on solar energy and clean technology. I feel blessed for the opportunity Solar Energy UK has provided me to live out my principles and develop a renewable future.”  

Harvie, who has been working in the environmental sector for the past three and a half years, joins Solar Energy UK as a Policy Analyst is the ESG and Consents team.  

Most recently, he was a Net Zero Carbon Consultant with LASER Energy, assisting public sector clients in assessing their carbon footprints and advising on the most appropriate pathways to achieving decarbonisation objectives.  

After graduating with an MSc in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Bristol, he began work with Salix Finance, where he was initially responsible for delivering government loan funding to the public sector for energy efficiency improvements. He later became a Programme Coordinator responsible for delivering the Government’s Low Carbon Skills Fund.  

On joining Solar Energy UK, Harvie said: “I have been lucky to have been able to work in the sector in which I was trained and to have gained so much valuable experience. But I am very happy now to be working more closely with environmental policy and advocating for members working in an industry that has the potential to make a massive contribution towards national net zero objectives.”  

Chris Hewett, Chief Executive at Solar Energy UK, said: “We are very pleased to have found two young people who have already gained such a strong background in energy policy. The extraordinary expansion of the solar industry in recent times means our policy team has been exceptionally busy, so there is plenty for Harvie and Simran to tackle.” 

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