New Chairman Appointed to Solar Trade Association

The Solar Trade Association yesterday announced the appointment of a new chairman, following the departure of Howard Johns earlier in the month.

Alan Aldridge is the managing director of Riomay Renewable Energies, who, for the past 35 years, have been a leading provider of renewable solutions in the UK for both the domestic and commercial markets, specialising in solar PV and solar thermal. Prior to joining Riomay, Aldridge worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers for a decade, giving advice to large businesses looking to improve their financial performance.

For the past two years Aldridge has established himself as an active member of the Solar Trade Association (STA), and commenting on his new appointment he had this to say:

“Over the last four years at Riomay, I have faced many of the same challenges as other STA members, such as dealing with the impact of legislation and tariff changes, market uncertainty, and challenges in business planning and price variations.

“Hopefully the hardest part is behind us now, and with a bit more work, we can get solar on a path to long term sustainable growth. But now is not the time for complacency. I firmly believe that a strong voice in the industry is essential, and I will do my best to ensure that the STA's voice is heard.”

Prior to Aldridge’s appointment, Howard Johns – the managing director of Southern Solar Ltd – had been the chairman of the STA for four and a half years. The STA has been established for more than 30 years and has in excess of 450 members.

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