Blogs

Guest blog
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.

Feature
Guest blog

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.

Guest blog
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.

Editor's blog
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.

Editor's blog
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.

Editor's blog
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.

Guest blog
Can the cost of solar ever match January’s FiT cuts?

Can the cost of solar ever match January’s FiT cuts?

11 Jul 2016, 10:55
• By Will Cottrell

Will Cottrell, chairman of Brighton Energy Coop, refutes Department of Energy and Climate Change evidence that the cost of installed solar in the UK has risen and insists installers are innovating to make the new model work.

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.