When The Solar Cloth Company collapsed in June last year, it took with it nearly £1 million of crowd-funded finance. Liam Stoker investigates how this came to pass and potential failures within Crowdcube’s consumer protections.
Fresh from the SolarPower Europe summit in Brussels this week, Liam Stoker reflects on how the UK solar sector is viewed from across the channel these days.
David Pratt talks to Damian Baker, managing director of RenEnergy, on the future of large scale solar deployment once the ROC scheme closes on 31 March 2017.
David Pratt outlines what chancellor Philip Hammond's first (and last) spring budget offered to the low carbon community, paving the way for what should be a meatier autumn statement.
Abid Kazim, MD at NextEnergy Capital, discusses why the government – and UK infrastructure as a whole – needs to place solar at its heart before it is too late.
Liam Stoker challenges energy minister Jesse Norman's claim that the government's feed-in tariff overhaul has placed solar on the path to a subsidy-free future.
Red tape, stagnant demand and elaborate outside pressures have made module pricing in the UK complex and seemingly insulated from global price trends. John Parnell examines the stand-offs maintaining a status quo in UK module prices.
Solar Media’s head of market research Finlay Colville concludes his two-part breakdown of who owns the UK’s entire cumulative solar PV capacity.
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In a set of two blogs to be featured this week on Solar Power Portal, Finlay Colville provides the first ever full breakdown of who owns the UK’s entire cumulative solar PV capacity, deployed as of the end of 2016, adding up to about 12GW of capacity.
Liam Stoker recaps five of the key themes that were discussed during this week's Solar Finance & Investment Europe conference, including how much UK solar capacity is up for grabs, Brexit, storage and where the smart money is going next.
Corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) are not a new feature of the UK solar market, but since the cuts enacted to the feed-in tariff last year they have risen to new prominence. David Pratt examines how these deals are made, and what benefits they offer to both sides.
While Brexit looms, bringing uncertainty into the country’s economy and international relationships, the role energy storage will play in a decentralised, low(er) carbon and more flexible energy system at least seems a little more assured than it did before.
Gaynor Hartnell, Head of Biogas at the Renewable Energy Association, discusses the recent reforms of the RHI, and how they might affect the renewable heat sector
A new domestic storage trial was recently announced to test the impact of domestic storage in limiting the effect of solar on the local grid. Jim Cardwell, head of trading and innovation at Northern Powergrid, the network operator behind the scheme, explained to Solar Power Portal what the operator hopes to get out of it, and what the direction of travel is for grid operators around Great Britain.
Finlay Colville, head of market research at Solar Media, discusses today's TerraForm Power deal and takes a look at what it means in broader terms for both the UK market and SunEdison.