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.
Solar companies start planning for Republic of Ireland boom as Brexit vote stalls UK market activity
Finlay Colville, head of market research at Solar Media, explains what the uncertainty caused by the recent vote to leave the EU means for UK solar and the burgeoning market in the Republic of Ireland.
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.
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
Finlay Colville teases next week’s Top 20 EPC reveal and discusses their impact on the UK solar market over the last year.
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.
Stuart Elmes, chief executive at Viridian Solar, discusses the benefits of integrating solar into already-planned roof works or replacements.
Liam Stoker runs through the five key lessons solar industry professionals need to take from this week's Clean Energy Summit.
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.
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.
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.
There are two UK industries that, whilst once booming, are now struggling to cope with an artificially unlevel playing field. UK steel and UK solar find themselves in similar plights, but the government reaction and public perception of their problems couldn't be further apart.
Paul McCarren, energy director at contractor Forrest, discusses why floating solar is a light at the end of the tunnel for the industry.
After years of impressive cost reduction and technological advances, extinguishing the scepticism of many more doubters than you might sometimes believe, Germany’s concept of ‘Energiewende’ (‘energy transition’) now faces its hardest task in scaling up – making it a global concept. Several of the speakers at last week’s Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue conference talked about the successes of the Energiewende and what the energy transition could teach the rest of the planet.
This week’s Budget announcement, in typical government fashion, posed just as many questions as it did answers. Liam Stoker runs through what the solar industry remains in the dark over.
The eyes of the UK renewables sector – and most others – will be turning to the chancellor this afternoon for his latest Budget speech. Some key decisions are expected to be announced, with the solar sector hoping for some clarity over the future of VAT rates.