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Solar industry recognises Léonie Greene

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At the 2019 Solar and Storage Live Awards, STA Director of Advocacy Léonie Greene scooped the Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of her years of dedication to campaigning on behalf of the industry.

Léonie Greene’s commitment to driving solar and decentralised energy in the UK goes back over a decade, having initiated a Decentralised Energy campaign while acting as Political Advisor at Greenpeace in 2006. Over the course of 2007 and 2008, she campaigned in Parliament for the introduction of the Feed-in Tariff in a collaborative effort with the RSPB’s Seb Berry (then of Solarcentury), E3G’s Ed Matthew (then of Friends of the Earth) and Friends of the Earth’s Dave Timms among others, which drove the uptake of solar PV on over 930 000 homes in the UK. 1

In 2015, Greene and the STA successfully lobbied to extend the life of the Feed-in Tariff, which was under threat of being scrapped altogether at a time when the PV wing of the industry was still at a nascent stage, and more recently in 2018 the seasoned campaigner drove efforts to secure a suitable replacement to the Export Tariff through the Fair4Solar campaign, leading to the development of the Smart Export Guarantee.

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