Blogs

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The cold war of module pricing

9 Feb 2017, 08:27 • By John Parnell
The cold war of module pricing

Red tape, stagnant demand and elaborate outside pressures have made module pricing in the UK complex and seemingly insulated from global price trends. John Parnell examines the stand-offs maintaining a status quo in UK module prices.

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Who owns the UK’s 12GW of solar? Part two

8 Feb 2017, 08:46 • By Finlay Colville
Who owns the UK’s 12GW of solar? Part two

Solar Media’s head of market research Finlay Colville concludes his two-part breakdown of who owns the UK’s entire cumulative solar PV capacity.

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Who owns the UK’s 12GW of solar? Part one

6 Feb 2017, 08:26 • By Finlay Colville
Who owns the UK’s 12GW of solar? Part one

In a set of two blogs to be featured this week on Solar Power Portal, Finlay Colville provides the first ever full breakdown of who owns the UK’s entire cumulative solar PV capacity, deployed as of the end of 2016, adding up to about 12GW of capacity.

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Editor's blog

Five talking points from Solar Finance & Investment Europe 2017

3 Feb 2017, 11:31 • By Liam Stoker
Five talking points from Solar Finance & Investment Europe 2017

Liam Stoker recaps five of the key themes that were discussed during this week's Solar Finance & Investment Europe conference, including how much UK solar capacity is up for grabs, Brexit, storage and where the smart money is going next.

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Editor's blog

Pricing power

2 Feb 2017, 12:29 • By David Pratt
Pricing power

Corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) are not a new feature of the UK solar market, but since the cuts enacted to the feed-in tariff last year they have risen to new prominence. David Pratt examines how these deals are made, and what benefits they offer to both sides.

Guest blog
In support of the reformed RHI

In support of the reformed RHI

26 Jan 2017, 14:39
• By Gaynor Hartnell

Gaynor Hartnell, Head of Biogas at the Renewable Energy Association, discusses the recent reforms of the RHI, and how they might affect the renewable heat sector

Q&A: Jim Cardwell, head of trading and innovation at Northern Powergrid

Q&A: Jim Cardwell, head of trading and innovation at Northern Powergrid

24 Jan 2017, 13:11
• By David Pratt

A new domestic storage trial was recently announced to test the impact of domestic storage in limiting the effect of solar on the local grid. Jim Cardwell, head of trading and innovation at Northern Powergrid, the network operator behind the scheme, explained to Solar Power Portal what the operator hopes to get out of it, and what the direction of travel is for grid operators around Great Britain.

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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.