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Are energy giants priming to take a slice of UK solar?

5 Jan 2017, 13:07 • By Liam Stoker
Are energy giants priming to take a slice of UK solar?

As UK Solar's build-phase approaches a hibernation, services such as optimisation and O&M are all the rage. This is seemingly not lost on some energy giants who are beginning to position themselves to cater for such demand. Are they set to take more than their fair share of the pie? Liam Stoker discusses.

Guest blog
PV in Ireland: looking back, and forward

PV in Ireland: looking back, and forward

15 Dec 2016, 14:56
• By Lauren Cook

Following a year in which much progress has been made, Lauren Cook recaps a productive 2016 for the Irish solar market and casts her eyes forward at 2017.

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Q&A: Ricardo Piñeiro, head of UK solar at Foresight Group

15 Dec 2016, 10:46 • By Liam Stoker
Q&A: Ricardo Piñeiro, head of UK solar at Foresight Group

Liam Stoker talks to Ricardo Piñeiro, head of UK solar at Foresight Group, about the future of the UK secondary market, how the result of the Brexit referendum could impact upon it, and how Foresight operates its assets after acquiring them.

Guest blog
Behind the Meter: ‘the missing link’ towards grid parity

Sponsored Behind the Meter: ‘the missing link’ towards grid parity

6 Dec 2016, 15:36
• By Lior Handelsman

Lior Handelsman, vice-president of marketing and product strategy & founder of SolarEdge, explains the role behind the meter technologies can have in boosting solar self-consumption.

Editor's blog
Is UK energy on the greener path or moving into the black?

Is UK energy on the greener path or moving into the black?

1 Dec 2016, 11:02
• By Terry Macalister

The imminent capacity market auction could offer some clues on the direction of travel, writes Terry Macalister, but the government could be missing a trick by not steering the mechanism down a greener path.

Feature

Unlocking the EV market

1 Dec 2016, 10:31 • By David Pratt
Unlocking the EV market

As year on year sales of electric vehicles increase, the technology is forecast to experience a significant boom in the coming years. With charging infrastructure need to support deployment, David Pratt looks at the emerging market for charge points, and how installers can get involved.

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Editor's blog

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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Guest blog

Is the moon the answer to all our solar problems?

18 Nov 2016, 11:24 • By John Macdonald-Brown
Is the moon the answer to all our solar problems?

Syzygy Renewables’ John Macdonald-Brown discusses the potential for solar generation on the moon, and whether that’s a more realistic concept than governments supporting the technology on the ground.

Feature

Trump cannot stop the clean energy revolution

15 Nov 2016, 14:58 • By Terry Macalister
Trump cannot stop the clean energy revolution

Writing for Solar Power Portal, Terry Macalister, former energy editor at The Guardian, looks at the fallout from Donald Trump’s US Election victory and why he cannot stop the clean energy revolution

Editor's blog
Five key areas in the upcoming UK smart power Call for Evidence

Five key areas in the upcoming UK smart power Call for Evidence

10 Nov 2016, 09:38
• By David Pratt

As the long-awaited call for evidence (CfE) on the future of the UK’s smart power policy gets ever closer, David Pratt outlines the five key areas the UK government is seeking to address in the upcoming document.

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Editor's blog

Oil majors: Out of touch, or out of their minds?

4 Nov 2016, 13:31 • By Liam Stoker
Oil majors: Out of touch, or out of their minds?

Earlier this week climate news was abuzz with reports that today would see a major announcement from the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, essentially committing them to the development of renewables. But all was not as originally alluded to, as Liam Stoker writes.

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Editor's blog

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.