Survey to determine state of the UK solar industry
The Solar Trade Association (STA) and PwC are carrying out a confidential online survey to determine the state of the UK solar industry.
The survey, which is running for 2 weeks, is open to all UK based companies. The results will be presented to Ministers and published in a public report in early summer.
Commenting on the survey, Leonie Green, head of external affairs at the STA said: “Solar has had the great majority of its support removed very rapidly in the UK, and just when it had parity with fossil fuels within sight. At the STA we know many solar companies are having a difficult time and indeed some have been lost, and with them some highly skilled people. However, it is important that we systematically quantify what the impact of these policy changes has been in order to provide a really clear & accurate picture. A comprehensive survey is essential for an informed discussion with Government and Parliament and there will be strong interest in how the industry is faring. Partnering up with PwC means we can ensure the high quality analysis this important industry deserves.””
The STA is contacting 200 companies who responded to a previous survey last year so that it can assess what has happened to their business.
Emphasising the importance of the survey, John Dashwood, head of renewables, assurance at PwC said, “The solar industry is exceptionally innovative and adaptable. However, it is undoubtedly facing some serious challenges in the UK. Now is therefore an important time to assess what the current challenges and uncertainty have had on UK solar business health today and in confidence going forward. How authoritative our report is will depend on how many companies respond – so we urge companies to please do so.””
To take part in the confidential survey please visit: https://www.solar-trade.org.uk/pwc-and-sta-survey/