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British Photovoltaic Association We see things in more than one direction

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A message from RH Gregory Barker – MP, Minister of State for the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC)

UK Solar PV Industry

Who We Are

UK Solar PV Charter

Our Members

Why Join the BPVA

Member Benefits

BPVA Working Groups

Current Projects & Focus

Solar PV & Energy Storage Industry

Connect With Us

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A message from the Minister “Solar is an exciting industry which is coming of age. It is reliable, accessible, increasingly affordable and totally scalable.

The industry has faced enormous challenges over the last few years, but now stands on the brink of a huge opportunity. Throughout this process, the British Photovoltaic Association has – and will – played an important part in supporting the industry. I have valued immensely my own interactions with the BPVA, which has often helped solve problems, either sector-wide or those of individual companies.

“The Coalition Government is committed to work with the BPVA over the coming months and years, to bring about the solar revolution we all want”.

RH Gregory Barker - MP Minister of State for the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC)

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UK Solar PV Industry Since the introduction of Feed in Tariff (FiT) in April 2010, the UK solar PV industry has come a long way. The solar PV industry now is benefitting from stable and predictable mechanisms, FiT and ROC, that have been put in place to give the industry transparency and confidence to grow. Solar is now, for the first time, a priority in the Government’s Renewables Roadmap and is recognised as one of the key renewable technologies in the UK’s energy mix. Solar will benefit from the new Energy Bill designed to put in place measures to attract £110bn investment needed to replace current generating capacity and upgrade the transmission and distribution grid by 2020. The development of the UK Solar Energy Strategy which the BPVA is part of will look at how we can tackle the barriers that lie ahead and how the industry and the Government can work together as partners facing future challenges. With just over 2 GW installed, the UK Solar PV industry is now on a sustainable path to grow. From the beginning the BPVA formed a strong partnership with the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) which has enabled us to voice our views in a positive and constructive atmosphere. Solar photovoltaic is accepted as a safe, clean, reliable, affordable and accessible source of energy in the UK. We can only look forward to the future with optimism. Reza Shaybani Chairman

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Who We Are British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) is the National trade association of the UK solar photovoltaic industry. The association was formed in April 2010 after the introduction of the FiT. Since then the BPVA has grown significantly and has become the most influential and trusted voice of the solar PV industry in the UK. We are a fully independent not-for-profit organisation and the only trade association with 100% focus on solar PV. The BPVA stands for quality and value to its members. Our mission is: “To ensure that solar photovoltaic energy is established as the leading renewable energy source in the UK”. We promote solar PV at national and international levels and assist our members in their business development in the UK and abroad. As the trusted voice of the industry, the BPVA is working hard to make solar PV a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.

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UK Solar PV Charter The BPVA’s UK Solar PV Charter sets out how the Solar PV energy industry is delivering significant benefits to the UK and its economy, and how it intends to deliver continued investment which will help the UK to prosper in the future. Signed by over 300 members, the Charter is formed around five key aspirations. These aspirations can only be successfully achieved through cooperation and partnership between industry and the government. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

To invest in the prosperity and energy security of the UK To provide financial security for families by lowering energy bills and creating tens of thousands of long-term jobs To provide clean, safe and affordable energy that will power the UK today and for future generations To share our knowledge and expertise in in the sector with other nations, creating export opportunities To reduce the UK’s carbon emissions by mass adoption of Solar PV

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Our Members We have a wide and diverse range of members which has made us a strong platform for the UK solar PV industry. The Board of Directors of the BPVA has representations from all categories of membership including:

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Solar module manufacturers MCS certified installers Inverter manufactures System integrators & project developers Distributors, retailers & resellers Production equipment manufacturers Material, components & BOS suppliers Architects, homebuilders & developers Universities & educational institutions Research organisations Banks, financial institutions & investors

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Consultancy and engineering companies Utilities & energy suppliers Recruitment & training companies Insurance companies Community energy initiatives Housing associations Local authorities & councils Legal & other professional services Governmental organisations & institutions Roofing contractors Other trade associations

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Why Join the BPVA Be involved Take part in shaping the industry by being at the heart of the decision-making process. Work in partnership with the Government and be part of the policy development team. Increase awareness and promote solar PV as an important part of the UK energy mix.

Be informed Obtain key information on market, data forecasts and government policies to help you plan your strategy. Get exclusive access to the latest information and regular updates on all developments directly aecting the solar PV industry in the UK.

Be connected Make the right connections, improve your brand, develop your network and meet new business partners. Gain visibility through our website and unique marketing activities.

Be ahead Get to know new and developing technologies and applications such as Energy Storage solutions, e-mobility and BIPV.

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Lobbying & policy development Market information Exhibitions & conferences Networking events including quarterly drinks reception in the House of Commons Market research & surveys Discounts on events, products & services Expert, legal & general advice Trade missions & opening export markets creating new sales opportunities E-newsletters (PV Watch & Green Deal Monitor) Publications & reports Sales & marketing support Member & installer directory Public awareness campaigns Insurance services Financial services

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Recruitment services Training & workshops Standardisation & certification Use of BPVA logo Networking with other members including over 5,000 distributors and MCS installers Membership certificate and membership card Sales leads from “Find Your Installer” and “PV – Projects” on BPVA website Discount on technical publications Numerous brand-building opportunities Exposure through the website BPVA video casts BPVA member pavilion at major trade shows One year complimentary membership of the British Energy Storage Industry Association Free subscription of the Energy Storage Journal

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BPVA Working Groups ■

Policy Working Group Developing policies for the solar energy sector, involved in frequent meetings with key government organisations including DECC; MCS, UKTI, Treasury & Cabinet Office Energy for Growth Programme.

Communication Working Group Developing marketing and communication strategies for the BPVA as well coordinating the overall industry marketing, branding and PR work which should enhance the public image of the association and the solar PV industry.

Application Working Group Identifying suitable applications which would help grow the industry and networking with key players from those industries which includes BIPV, eco-mobility and Energy Storage.

Education Working Group Examining all aspects of training courses offered, what the industry needs are and cross promoting required courses for each segment. Also looking at networking with universities and colleges who offer the right courses to recruit new talents for the industry. Provide suitable internship strategy & programme for the industry.

Finance Working Group Network with key financial institutes, identifying sources of affordable financial option for the industry and end users, developing the right financial model for the residential, commercial, agricultural & large scale solar projects. Working with the vast database of financial institutions the association has and developing the right products for each segment.

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Current Projects & Focus ■

Continuing to inform and educate the consumers & businesses on the benefits of solar PV energy, providing facts and figures as well as rewarding them for their choice through initiatives like the National Energy Card, energy loyalty reward programme.

Creating export opportunities for members and assist them with establishing their business in the new and emerging markets.

Assisting members with their sales & business development in the UK by providing affordable and flexible financial solutions to their customers.

Rating MCS installers making sure customers are receiving high quality of equipment and installation.

Establishing strong relationship with Energy Storage Industry, informing members about the potential opportunities offered.

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Solar PV & Energy Storage Industry As part of our growth strategy for the PV industry and creating new opportunities for our members, we are engaging with the international Energy Storage Industry (ESI) forming a close partnership with them. Electrical energy storage systems are a comparatively young technology and in the past investment costs have been high and system lifetimes limited, however these are changing fast and the industry has come a long way in the past year. Due to being a new technology, there is little public experience and therefore it would make sense for an established industry like PV to oer energy storage solutions as part of their oering. In the future, PV systems that incorporate storage solutions will become more competitive and mainstream. Already PV producers are expanding into storage, through joint ventures and alliances with battery companies to provide systems that combine PV and storage. We see a lot of synergies between the two industries to work together and for this reason we are starting a close cooperation with the Energy Storage Industry (ESI) to bring about technology awareness and networking opportunities for our members.

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