The BPVA's mission is: “To ensure that solar photovoltaic energy is established as the leading renewable energy source in the UK and to promote UK solar internationally”. We have assisted our members in their business development in the UK and abroad, for example by organising trade delegations and participating in events in emerging markets for solar PV.
The BPVA is registered as a company limited by guarantee, headquartered in London. We are the only trade association entirely focused on solar PV. The daily activities of the association are overseen by the BPVA’s dedicated team covering membership management, marketing, events, finance and policy. The Executive Committee is selected from various membership categories and represents all members' interests.
The BPVA has eight Working Groups: policy, communication, application, education, finance, energy storage and EV Charging.
These are aimed at sharing knowledge and resources, channelling members' expertise, advising key decision makers market development and coordinating policy and lobbying activities.
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.
Construction Working Group
The Construction Working Group is focused on identifying ways to bring solar PV and construction industries closer together and to make sure solar PV products are used as part of the build process. The group also promotes the use of BIPV products in the built environment. Activities include networking with major construction companies, national and local house-builders, developers, architects and real estate companies throughout the UK.
Energy Storage Working Group
Promote energy storage, making sure it will become an important and valuable part of the sustainable energy landscape and to bring solar PV and energy storage industries closer together, building a more efficient, more reliable, cheaper, and safer energy supply. Bring national and international companies in energy storage to the UK and facilitate for their growth in the UK energy storage market.
EV Charging Working Group
The mobility shift toward electric vehicles is rolling forward and players in the two biggest markets today – Europe and the United States – are eager to develop the most successful business models and strategies.
But for electric vehicles (EV) to become mainstream, certain challenges need to be overcome. People have concerns the driving range of electric vehicles won't be enough to meet their needs, a problem known as range anxiety. As more EV models have been introduced over the past several years — including plug-in electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles — EVs are limited by driving range, which is related to battery capacity. Charging EVs from conventional electricity supply is also not ideal. We are working to develop a number of public ultra-charge (fast charging) systems powered by solar PV to be installed across the UK. EV Working Group will be engaged in the development of this infrastructure.
Join the Working Groups by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org