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Guest blog

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.

Guest blog
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.

Feature
Guest blog

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.

Guest blog
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.

Guest blog
Attack of the drones

Attack of the drones

17 Aug 2016, 14:53
• By Will Hitchcock

Will Hitchcock, managing director at Push Energy aerial O&M JV Above Surveying, looks into how drones have become a staple in the monitoring of solar parks in the UK.

Editor's blog
Breaking the cost curve

Breaking the cost curve

27 Jul 2016, 18:00
• By Liam Stoker

The cost of solar technology continues to fall across the world, yet figures released by DECC this summer showed a surprise increase in the average cost of solar installs, particularly within the domestic band. Liam Stoker investigates the causes and implications of the increase.

Editor's blog
Understanding the multi-GW potential for solar in the Republic of Ireland

Understanding the multi-GW potential for solar in the Republic of Ireland

27 Jul 2016, 12:53
• By Lauren Cook

Often, with potential new solar markets, there can be a lot of hype and uncertainty regarding precisely how much deployment to expect and the timelines for this new capacity to come online. Lauren Cook, analyst for Solar Intelligence, discusses the potential for solar in Ireland in the years to 2020 and beyond.

Solar PPAs and the public sector

Solar PPAs and the public sector

7 Jul 2016, 13:17
• By Stephen Cirell

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.

Editor's blog
Overheard at Business and Climate Summit: Top talking points

Overheard at Business and Climate Summit: Top talking points

4 Jul 2016, 17:13
• By David Pratt

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.

Editor's blog
Sizing the UK solar market in Q1 2016

Sizing the UK solar market in Q1 2016

10 Jun 2016, 09:33
• By Finlay Colville

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