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Crowdcube, a failed solar installer, and the missing £1 million

14 Mar 2017, 11:00 • By Liam Stoker
Crowdcube, a failed solar installer, and the missing £1 million

When The Solar Cloth Company collapsed in June last year, it took with it nearly £1 million of crowd-funded finance. Liam Stoker investigates how this came to pass and potential failures within Crowdcube’s consumer protections.

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UK solar; the view from Europe

10 Mar 2017, 11:46 • By Liam Stoker
UK solar; the view from Europe

Fresh from the SolarPower Europe summit in Brussels this week, Liam Stoker reflects on how the UK solar sector is viewed from across the channel these days.

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Budget 2017: does it offer anything for the green economy?

Budget 2017: does it offer anything for the green economy?

8 Mar 2017, 14:50
• By David Pratt

David Pratt outlines what chancellor Philip Hammond's first (and last) spring budget offered to the low carbon community, paving the way for what should be a meatier autumn statement.

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UK energy infrastructure needs solar at its heart

UK energy infrastructure needs solar at its heart

2 Mar 2017, 08:10
• By Abid Kazim

Abid Kazim, MD at NextEnergy Capital, discusses why the government – and UK infrastructure as a whole – needs to place solar at its heart before it is too late.

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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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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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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.

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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.