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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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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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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.

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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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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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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.