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Is UK energy on the greener path or moving into the black?

Is UK energy on the greener path or moving into the black?

1 Dec 2016, 11:02
• By Terry Macalister

The imminent capacity market auction could offer some clues on the direction of travel, writes Terry Macalister, but the government could be missing a trick by not steering the mechanism down a greener path.

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Unlocking the EV market

1 Dec 2016, 10:31 • By David Pratt
Unlocking the EV market

As year on year sales of electric vehicles increase, the technology is forecast to experience a significant boom in the coming years. With charging infrastructure need to support deployment, David Pratt looks at the emerging market for charge points, and how installers can get involved.

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Renewables can be the ace industry up Hammond’s sleeve

21 Nov 2016, 15:48 • By Liam Stoker
Renewables can be the ace industry up Hammond’s sleeve

Liam Stoker analyses why in the UK's renewables sector, chancellor Philip Hammond has an industry that can survive and flourish in a post-Brexit Britain as long as he is prepared to support it in Wednesday's Autumn Statement.

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Guest blog

Is the moon the answer to all our solar problems?

18 Nov 2016, 11:24 • By John Macdonald-Brown
Is the moon the answer to all our solar problems?

Syzygy Renewables’ John Macdonald-Brown discusses the potential for solar generation on the moon, and whether that’s a more realistic concept than governments supporting the technology on the ground.

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Trump cannot stop the clean energy revolution

15 Nov 2016, 14:58 • By Terry Macalister
Trump cannot stop the clean energy revolution

Writing for Solar Power Portal, Terry Macalister, former energy editor at The Guardian, looks at the fallout from Donald Trump’s US Election victory and why he cannot stop the clean energy revolution

Editor's blog
Five key areas in the upcoming UK smart power Call for Evidence

Five key areas in the upcoming UK smart power Call for Evidence

10 Nov 2016, 09:38
• By David Pratt

As the long-awaited call for evidence (CfE) on the future of the UK’s smart power policy gets ever closer, David Pratt outlines the five key areas the UK government is seeking to address in the upcoming document.

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Editor's blog

Oil majors: Out of touch, or out of their minds?

4 Nov 2016, 13:31 • By Liam Stoker
Oil majors: Out of touch, or out of their minds?

Earlier this week climate news was abuzz with reports that today would see a major announcement from the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, essentially committing them to the development of renewables. But all was not as originally alluded to, as Liam Stoker writes.

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Editor's blog

A break in the chain

25 Oct 2016, 11:09 • By David Pratt
A break in the chain

The loss of thousands of solar installers from the UK market has a series of damaging knock on effects on distributors. David Pratt identifies some of the biggest issues to have emerged and what the future may hold for the solar supply side.

How can the planning process in Ireland work for solar?

How can the planning process in Ireland work for solar?

24 Oct 2016, 09:11
• By Lauren Cook

As the pipeline of solar projects continues to grow in Ireland, the gap between the number of grid applications submitted and the number of planning applications becomes more evident. After attending ISEA’s recent planning workshop, Lauren Cook, research analyst at Solar Media, explains why developers should work closer with planners on future projects.

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View from SEUK: Storage market approaching its tipping point

13 Oct 2016, 09:01 • By David Pratt
View from SEUK: Storage market approaching its tipping point

With over 30 companies exhibiting battery products or espousing the technology to the thousands of visitors in attendance, storage was always going to play a major role at last week’s SEUK | Clean Energy Live exhibition. David Pratt summarises the view from the show floor with regards the UK’s burgeoning storage market.

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How UK entrants can exploit Africa’s significant market opportunity

How UK entrants can exploit Africa’s significant market opportunity

10 Oct 2016, 16:13
• By Danielle Ola

Despite regulatory ambiguities, the general consensus from industry stakeholders at this year’s Solar Energy UK | Clean Energy Live exhibition is that Africa’s solar sector is ripe for UK entrants, posing a significant opportunity that should not be missed.

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SEUK: What we’ve learned so far

6 Oct 2016, 14:02 • By Liam Stoker
SEUK: What we’ve learned so far

Today is the last day of this year’s Solar Energy UK | Clean Energy Live exhibition and while we’ve still got around seven hours left in the show hall (a little bit less if you slept in following last night’s awards ceremony!), there has been plenty of content and insight to digest over the previous two days. Here are just some of the things that we’ve learned so far.