UK energy and tech associations partner to boost renewables use


RenewableUK, the Solar Trade Association and techUK are partnering to promote the transition to renewables and a net zero economy.

techUK will encourage its member companies to consider setting up long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) to stimulate UK-based renewable energy generation.

In parallel, the Solar Trade Association and RenewableUK will encourage their members to work more closely with the UK technology sector. The focus will be on integrating smart systems into the growth of the renewable and energy storage industries and integrating smart energy and heat systems alongside renewable assets in residential buildings.

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In addition, the partners propose to assess the potential of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and digital twins in the renewables sector.

“The technology sector is already the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world. We are committed to working with the UK’s renewable sector not only to bring more new renewables onto the grid as part of our own efforts to decarbonise our operations but also to support companies in the sector in understanding how emerging technology can support their businesses,” commented Julian David, CEO of techUK.

The three organisations are planning a series of initial activities. These include a virtual marketplace to showcase industry case studies and offer the latest market information. Energy buyers and sellers also will have opportunities to meet.

During 2021, further events are planned along with the production of an online guide on the best routes to powering the technology and communications infrastructure sector by renewable energy. Briefings on the potential of emerging tech in the renewables sector also are envisaged.

The Solar Trade Association and RenewableUK will also play a part in techUK’s work programmes and campaigns on smart energy. The focus will be on the decarbonisation of flexible power markets and maximising the UK content in the energy transition.

“Wind and solar are the cheapest forms of new power generation which will lead the green economic recovery the UK needs. I’m delighted that we’ll be working more closely with techUK and the Solar Trade Association to deliver, the smart, flexible power system of the future faster than anyone expects,” said Barnaby Wharton, Director of Future Electricity Systems, RenewableUK.

Chris Hewett, Chief Executive, Solar Trade Association, added: “Private sector leadership is vital to deliver a net zero economy. We are proud to strengthen our commitment to working with the UK’s technology sector to accelerate decarbonisation and the transition to clean energy.”