• India: The start of something good

    By Liam Stoker | 21 May 2015, 10:05 | Editor's Blog | Comments (1)

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s target of establishing 100GW of solar capacity in the country by 2020 seems ambitious, but UK-based developers could be ideally placed to help the country on its way.

  • Resolving gridlock

    By Leonie Greene | 20 May 2015, 06:55 | Guest Blog

    Grid constraints in the UK are becoming more apparent as our ageing energy infrastructure struggles to match developer appetite for low-carbon generation. Leonie Greene analyses just how important timely action could be for Britain’s low-carbon economy.

  • Shared community connections: Nice idea government but will Ofgem allow it?

    By Gaynor Hartnell | 08 May 2015, 07:12 | Guest Blog | Comments (2)

    The government is keen for PV project developers to offer interested communities the chance to invest alongside them. However, if this is to happen then DNOs, planners, lenders and Ofgem all need to be pulling in the same direction.

  • Large-scale solar and storage: democratising energy

    By Peter Bennett | 01 May 2015, 14:33 | Editor's Blog | Comments (4)

    Elon Musk has just told the world that humanity can achieve zero-carbon energy generation. The CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, who is routinely listed as one of the most influential people of the planet, believes two technologies will make this happen: solar PV and energy storage.

  • Large-Scale Solar UK: Compiling a CfD wishlist

    By Peter Bennett | 29 April 2015, 16:25 | Editor's Blog

    Given the backdrop of a miserable contract for difference (CfD) performance for solar, where only five projects managed to successfully snag support, a general air of optimism was still noticeable throughout all of the first day’s speakers.

  • Who’s in poll position?

    By Liam Stoker | 29 April 2015, 10:02 | Editor's Blog

    The bulk of campaigning is done and the UK electorate will take to the polls next week, but who has committed the most to renewable energy, and where will solar stand in the next government’s term?

  • Big60Million: One year on

    By Liam Stoker | 24 April 2015, 11:10 | Editor's Blog

    Giving a local community an opportunity to invest in solar can have a transformative effect on public opinion. Liam Stoker went to visit Big60Million’s Willersey solar farm on its anniversary to see first hand the positive impact of the scheme.

  • MPs sabotaging solar progress in spite of public support

    By Peter Bennett | 21 April 2015, 16:18 | Editor's Blog

    A survey of MPs unearthed a shocking secret: MPs know that solar farms are the most popular energy plants amongst their constituents. Peter Bennett asks why elected officials are willfully ignoring the majority of their constituents’ wishes by blocking solar farm developments

  • Fire safety and solar PV

    By Peter Bennett | 20 April 2015, 15:43 | Editor's Blog | Comments (1)

    While solar arrays are far from a significant cause of fires in the UK, they can create extra challenges for firefighters. Peter Bennett assesses what the industry can do to reduce the risks and allow the emergency services to work as safely as possible.

  • Crowdfunding for community programmes

    By Abid Kazim | 16 April 2015, 06:00 | Guest Blog

    The government’s push for community-owned energy projects presents some intriguing opportunities for solar developers. Abid Kazim explores the financial options for community programmes


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