Blogs

The new normal for Whitehall

The new normal for Whitehall

22 Jul 2016, 12:22
• By David Pratt

As the days pass from the scrapping of DECC from Whitehall in favour of the new business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) department, few details have trickled through about how the new branch of government will operate. David Pratt examines what we do know and what remains to be seen as parliament heads off for the summer.

Editor's blog
The end of Amber, now for green Greg

The end of Amber, now for green Greg

15 Jul 2016, 10:37
• By Liam Stoker

Liam Stoker discusses the final hours of DECC and just how tall a task Greg Clark has on his hands at the newly-formed BEIS.

Guest blog
Can the cost of solar ever match January’s FiT cuts?

Can the cost of solar ever match January’s FiT cuts?

11 Jul 2016, 10:55
• By Will Cottrell

Will Cottrell, chairman of Brighton Energy Coop, refutes Department of Energy and Climate Change evidence that the cost of installed solar in the UK has risen and insists installers are innovating to make the new model work.

Solar PPAs and the public sector

Solar PPAs and the public sector

7 Jul 2016, 13:17
• By Stephen Cirell

In his latest blog for Solar Power Portal, independent consultant and local authority expert Stephen Cirell discusses the recent announcement by Portsmouth City Council to roll out solar over the next four years using a series of PPA funded deals, and calls on other local authorities to follow suit.

Editor's blog
Overheard at Business and Climate Summit: Top talking points

Overheard at Business and Climate Summit: Top talking points

4 Jul 2016, 17:13
• By David Pratt

Last week’s Business & Energy Summit in London presented a rare opportunity to gather global business leaders and national government representatives in one place to discuss climate change post-COP21. Solar Power Portal attended both days of the event and brings you the main talking points from across the summit.

Editor's blog
Brexit: The reactions

Brexit: The reactions

24 Jun 2016, 15:17
• By David Pratt

The decision taken by just over half of the voting electorate to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves throughout the UK, among both the Leave and Remain camps. The dust will take a while to settle but reactions are likely to be flying in for some time on a day that has rocked the UK political and economic landscape.

Editor's blog
Sizing the UK solar market in Q1 2016

Sizing the UK solar market in Q1 2016

10 Jun 2016, 09:33
• By Finlay Colville

Finlay Colville, head of Market Intelligence at Solar Media, discusses just what happened in the UK market in the first three months of this year

Guest blog
The rise of the secondary rooftop market

The rise of the secondary rooftop market

17 May 2016, 08:30
• By Azeem Hadi

Andrew McLauchlan, technical director at Infrata, discusses how the secondary market is now spreading to portfolios of rooftops as asset managers begin to identify their potential value.

Guest blog
Your next new roof is a solar roof

Your next new roof is a solar roof

4 May 2016, 08:56
• By Stuart Elmes

Stuart Elmes, chief executive at Viridian Solar, discusses the benefits of integrating solar into already-planned roof works or replacements.

Editor's blog
Five solar lessons from Clean Energy Summit

Five solar lessons from Clean Energy Summit

29 Apr 2016, 12:36
• By Liam Stoker

Liam Stoker runs through the five key lessons solar industry professionals need to take from this week's Clean Energy Summit.

Editor's blog
Huawei grabs largest share of UK ground-mount solar inverter market

Huawei grabs largest share of UK ground-mount solar inverter market

27 Apr 2016, 09:53
• By Finlay Colville

In collecting all the market data for completed solar farms in the UK – done up until the end of the UK fiscal year period to 31 March 2016 – we have uncovered another exclusive for UK solar farm trends, this time related to inverter supply.

Editor's blog
Solarcentury becomes first company to install 500MW solar in the UK

Solarcentury becomes first company to install 500MW solar in the UK

21 Apr 2016, 13:01
• By Finlay Colville

Recent studies by the in-house research team at Solar Media’s Market Intelligence team can now exclusively reveal that Solarcentury has become the first company to install more than 500MW of solar PV capacity within the UK.

Editor's blog

Who were the leading EPCs for UK solar farms in the past 12 months?

5 Apr 2016, 10:21
• By Finlay Colville

Finlay Colville, head of market intelligence at Solar Media, debates the UK market’s deployment over the last 12 months and, crucially, the first three of 2016 as EPCs begin to tot up their pre-ROC deadline activity.