Blogs

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

Guest blog
The rise of the secondary rooftop market

The rise of the secondary rooftop market

17 May 2016, 08:30
• By Azeem Hadi

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.

Guest blog
Your next new roof is a solar roof

Your next new roof is a solar roof

4 May 2016, 08:56
• By Stuart Elmes

Stuart Elmes, chief executive at Viridian Solar, discusses the benefits of integrating solar into already-planned roof works or replacements.

Editor's blog
Five solar lessons from Clean Energy Summit

Five solar lessons from Clean Energy Summit

29 Apr 2016, 12:36
• By Liam Stoker

Liam Stoker runs through the five key lessons solar industry professionals need to take from this week's Clean Energy Summit.

Editor's blog
Huawei grabs largest share of UK ground-mount solar inverter market

Huawei grabs largest share of UK ground-mount solar inverter market

27 Apr 2016, 09:53
• By Finlay Colville

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.

Editor's blog
Solarcentury becomes first company to install 500MW solar in the UK

Solarcentury becomes first company to install 500MW solar in the UK

21 Apr 2016, 13:01
• By Finlay Colville

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.

Editor's blog

Who were the leading EPCs for UK solar farms in the past 12 months?

5 Apr 2016, 10:21
• By Finlay Colville

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.

Editor's blog
A tale of two industries

A tale of two industries

1 Apr 2016, 13:21
• By Liam Stoker

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.

Guest blog
UK solar’s first steps on the water

UK solar’s first steps on the water

30 Mar 2016, 10:25
• By Paul McCarren

Paul McCarren, energy director at contractor Forrest, discusses why floating solar is a light at the end of the tunnel for the industry.

Editor's blog
After achieving the impossible, Energiewende must make the impossible affordable

After achieving the impossible, Energiewende must make the impossible affordable

24 Mar 2016, 17:45
• By Andy Colthorpe

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.

Editor's blog
Five unanswered questions from Budget 2016

Five unanswered questions from Budget 2016

18 Mar 2016, 11:43
• By Liam Stoker

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.

Editor's blog
Budget 2016: What’s in it for renewables?

Budget 2016: What’s in it for renewables?

16 Mar 2016, 09:45
• By David Pratt

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.