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TWO WEEKS until Solar Energy UK | Clean Energy Live 2016

TWO WEEKS 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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How to avoid a flat battery market

26 Aug 2016, 15:36 • By Liam Stoker
How to avoid a flat battery market

As electrical contractors and installers flock to the burgeoning storage market, there are warnings over mis-selling, training and calls for clarity over required filings. Liam Stoker reports.

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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.

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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.

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Twelve tips to successful diversification

11 Aug 2016, 10:08 • By Chris Jardine
Twelve tips to successful diversification

Chris Jardine, technical director at Joju Solar, discusses how renewables installers can best diversify in the current climate and notes some particular pitfalls to avoid.

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Solar movers and shakers 11 August 2016

Solar movers and shakers 11 August 2016

11 Aug 2016, 08:52
• By David Hunt

In this special edition of Solar Power Portal's movers and shakers feature, Hyperion Executive Search's David Hunt discusses why some companies have failed to keep hold of their top talent.

Falling short – the road to 2020

Falling short – the road to 2020

4 Aug 2016, 14:45
• By David Pratt

Following the vote to leave Europe and its struggles to deploy renewable in heat and transport, the UK’s ability to meet 2020 EU targets is looking grim. David Pratt tracks the country’s progress to date and asks if the new government will still be committed post-Brexit.

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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.

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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.

The new normal for Whitehall

The new normal for Whitehall

22 Jul 2016, 12:22
• By David Pratt

As the days pass from the scrapping of DECC from Whitehall in favour of the new business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) department, few details have trickled through about how the new branch of government will operate. David Pratt examines what we do know and what remains to be seen as parliament heads off for the summer.

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The end of Amber, now for green Greg

The end of Amber, now for green Greg

15 Jul 2016, 10:37
• By Liam Stoker

Liam Stoker discusses the final hours of DECC and just how tall a task Greg Clark has on his hands at the newly-formed BEIS.