UK’s Solar Association Seeks New CEO as Paul Barwell Steps Down

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UK’s Solar Association Seeks New CEO as Paul Barwell Steps Down

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has started its recruitment process for a new CEO after Paul Barwell announced his decision to stand down to the STA Board.

Paul Barwell has been CEO of the STA since 2012. He has overseen the transformation of the association, originally established in 1978, to become the leading voice of the solar industry and one fully able to support the industry’s rapid growth. Over 12GW of solar capacity has been deployed during this period, supplying 4% of UK electricity.

During Paul’s tenure, the STA has achieved key wins for the solar sector, as well as providing national leadership on industry standards.  This helped generate record levels of public support for the technology as it has grown.

The hard-earned policy successes include: softening the government’s proposed Feed in Tariff (FIT) changes during two major reviews; reducing the impact of the Renewable Obligation (RO) closure for investors; negotiating fair business rates for exported solar; defining national standards for the development and construction of solar farms through STA’s ‘10 Commitments’; defending and defining the cost of integrating solar into the grid; designing and retaining the maximum RHI tariff for solar thermal; identifying barriers to non-domestic rooftops and securing permitted development; winning 5% VAT for solar & new storage; defining strong standards for Operation and Maintenance of solar projects; and establishing ‘Solar Independence Day’. 

Hard decision
Paul Barwell said: "This was a hard decision. It has been a real privilege to support the growth of a unique & special technology that is so vital for a prosperous future. I've had the pleasure of working with some brilliant colleagues, members and partners, which has meant we punch well above our weight. But there is no doubt the solar industry has faced more challenges than it should, given a track record of exceptional achievement.

“It is time for a change for me personally but I won't be going far. I am pursuing some commercial interests that are very much embedded in the solar sector and I hope to remain a part of the STA's extraordinary network as a member in due course.”

Paul will stay on to support the STA while a new CEO is recruited. 

The STA is seeking a replacement CEO with a proven background of achievement at Director level, including in the commercial sector.  

Renewables recruitment expert, Igloo3 is leading the search. Any interested parties should contact Ashley Williams at Igloo3. 


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