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Guest blog

Ireland unlocked

29 Sep 2016, 08:42 • By Lauren Cook
Ireland unlocked

Lauren Cook, analyst at Solar Market Research, discusses the nascent Irish solar market and answers some of the industry’s most frequently asked questions regarding opportunities on the Emerald Isle.

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Further options emerge for public sector ownership of solar assets

Further options emerge for public sector ownership of solar assets

27 Sep 2016, 10:13
• By Stephen Cirell

In his latest blog for Solar Power Portal ahead of his appearance at next week's Clean Energy Live exhibition, Stephen Cirell looks at the latest trend in the local authority solar sector which has seen councils buying up ready-made sites instead of committing to building their own.

ONE WEEK until Solar Energy UK | Clean Energy Live 2016

ONE WEEK until Solar Energy UK | Clean Energy Live 2016

19 Sep 2016, 12:45
• By Liam Stoker

Preparations are now gathering pace as the UK’s solar and clean energy industries prepare to meet at this year’s Solar Energy UK | Clean Energy Live exhibition, held at the NEC in Birmingham.

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Guest blog

Solar O&M: Flying into the future

1 Sep 2016, 11:08 • By John Whiten
Solar O&M: Flying into the future

John Whiten, chief operations officer at cutting-edge drone developers Cleandrone, discusses what solar-focused drones could be capable of in the future and what regulatory obstacles will have to be surpassed for them to do so.

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Editor's blog

How to avoid a flat battery market

26 Aug 2016, 15:36 • By Liam Stoker
How to avoid a flat battery market

As electrical contractors and installers flock to the burgeoning storage market, there are warnings over mis-selling, training and calls for clarity over required filings. Liam Stoker reports.

Guest blog
STA publishes FiT reform proposals for rooftop solar

STA publishes FiT reform proposals for rooftop solar

25 Aug 2016, 11:31
• By Paul Barwell

Six months on from the introduction of new feed-in tariff rates for UK solar, the Solar Trade Association's chief executive Paul Barwell sets out its key asks for the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy when it comes to solar policy.

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Attack of the drones

Attack of the drones

17 Aug 2016, 14:53
• By Will Hitchcock

Will Hitchcock, managing director at Push Energy aerial O&M JV Above Surveying, looks into how drones have become a staple in the monitoring of solar parks in the UK.

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Guest blog

Twelve tips to successful diversification

11 Aug 2016, 10:08 • By Chris Jardine
Twelve tips to successful diversification

Chris Jardine, technical director at Joju Solar, discusses how renewables installers can best diversify in the current climate and notes some particular pitfalls to avoid.

Guest blog
Solar movers and shakers 11 August 2016

Solar movers and shakers 11 August 2016

11 Aug 2016, 08:52
• By David Hunt

In this special edition of Solar Power Portal's movers and shakers feature, Hyperion Executive Search's David Hunt discusses why some companies have failed to keep hold of their top talent.

Falling short – the road to 2020

Falling short – the road to 2020

4 Aug 2016, 14:45
• By David Pratt

Following the vote to leave Europe and its struggles to deploy renewable in heat and transport, the UK’s ability to meet 2020 EU targets is looking grim. David Pratt tracks the country’s progress to date and asks if the new government will still be committed post-Brexit.

Editor's blog
Breaking the cost curve

Breaking the cost curve

27 Jul 2016, 18:00
• By Liam Stoker

The cost of solar technology continues to fall across the world, yet figures released by DECC this summer showed a surprise increase in the average cost of solar installs, particularly within the domestic band. Liam Stoker investigates the causes and implications of the increase.

Editor's blog
Understanding the multi-GW potential for solar in the Republic of Ireland

Understanding the multi-GW potential for solar in the Republic of Ireland

27 Jul 2016, 12:53
• By Lauren Cook

Often, with potential new solar markets, there can be a lot of hype and uncertainty regarding precisely how much deployment to expect and the timelines for this new capacity to come online. Lauren Cook, analyst for Solar Intelligence, discusses the potential for solar in Ireland in the years to 2020 and beyond.