Editor's Blog

  • Big60Million: One year on

    By Liam Stoker | 24 April 2015, 11:10

    Giving a local community an opportunity to invest in solar can have a transformative effect on public opinion. Liam Stoker went to visit Big60Million’s Willersey solar farm on its anniversary to see first hand the positive impact of the scheme.

  • MPs sabotaging solar progress in spite of public support

    By Peter Bennett | 21 April 2015, 16:18

    A survey of MPs unearthed a shocking secret: MPs know that solar farms are the most popular energy plants amongst their constituents. Peter Bennett asks why elected officials are willfully ignoring the majority of their constituents’ wishes by blocking solar farm developments

  • Fire safety and solar PV

    By Peter Bennett | 20 April 2015, 15:43 | Comments (1)

    While solar arrays are far from a significant cause of fires in the UK, they can create extra challenges for firefighters. Peter Bennett assesses what the industry can do to reduce the risks and allow the emergency services to work as safely as possible.

  • Commercial rooftop sector needs more knowledge and support

    By Liam Stoker | 12 March 2015, 10:54

    Despite its much-vaunted benefits and undoubted potential, the commercial rooftop solar industry has yet to take off as many would have hoped. Few notable projects have gotten off the ground and the struggles of tempting companies to fit solar arrays to the roofs of their facilities have been well documented.

  • Can carports drive a new wave of solar deployment?

    By Peter Bennett | 19 January 2015, 12:40 | Comments (2)

    While the government rails against ground-mount and the commercial rooftop sector awaits its rocket boosters, car ports offer a tangible market for UK installers. Peter Bennett explores the possibility for car ports to help shelter the industry from the storm

  • Solar Power Portal’s most read stories of 2014

    By Peter Bennett | 24 December 2014, 06:15

    Despite December being considered a ‘quiet time’ for the solar industry, many in the UK solar sector have been busier than ever. With RO closures, CfD auctions and a new government, 2015 promises to be just as eventful as 2014.

  • Autumn Statement 2015: Treasury finds budget for oil and gas tax cut

    By Peter Bennett | 03 December 2014, 12:29

    Anyone involved in the UK clean tech industry has routinely approached George Osborne’s statements with severe trepidation – the chancellor of the exchequer appears to have a weakness for shale gas and often implies that environmental measures are hampering business. Was this year any different?

  • Don’t listen to the FiT rumour mill

    By Peter Bennett | 14 November 2014, 10:58 | Comments (2)

    The UK solar industry is understandably skittish when it comes to rumours about policy changes.

  • UK energy storage – from the exhibition hall to deployment

    By Andy Colthorpe | 07 November 2014, 10:42

    Energy storage-themed sessions at Solar Energy UK were extremely well attended and discussions were by all accounts lively and fascinating. Andy Colthorpe took the opportunity to go into some of the topics in more depth with some of the speakers.

  • International firms target UK for 2015 energy storage push

    By Andy Colthorpe | 23 October 2014, 16:10

    Sharp, ABB, SMA and Bosch are among the big names readying new energy storage products for the UK PV market. Andy Colthorpe caught up with them at the Solar Energy UK show to find out what tech fits best for the UK’s nascent storage sector.

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