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  • Leaks and briefings show lack of government respect for renewables

    By Liam Stoker | 28 August 2015, 12:48

    The Conservative government has shown a complete lack of respect by leaking details of subsidy cuts via unofficial press briefings, something which is just further evidence of a double-standard when it comes to its attitude to energy generation, Liam Stoker writes.

  • Solar Power Portal Awards: Save a life with solar

    By John Parnell | 25 August 2015, 15:48

    At this year’s awards, we’ll be asking you the industry to help install solar at a hospital in Uganda, an install that could literally save lives.

  • Spare a thought for the overlooked victims of subsidy cuts

    By Liam Stoker | 24 August 2015, 10:30

    Much has been said and many column inches dedicated to just what the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s proposed changes to renewable energy subsidies will do to the industry itself. But more often than not the secondary victims – those outside of the industry and, as a result, overlooked – will be hit just as hard, writes Liam Stoker.

  • Large-scale UK solar pipeline grows to 3.3GW

    By Finlay Colville | 18 August 2015, 15:19

    According to the latest release of Solar Media’s UK Ground-Mount Report 3 – Opportunity Pipeline report, the UK’s pipeline of large-scale solar farms (>250kW) has grown now to 3.3GW. This is due mainly to an increase in applications received by LPAs on 22 July, and an uptick in rejected (or called-in) sites to appeals.

  • Labour’s failure to mount a green challenge has let the Tories off the hook

    By Liam Stoker | 14 August 2015, 16:00 | Comments (1)

    The ballot papers are out, canvassing has entered overdrive and yet still energy and the environment appear to be little more than afterthoughts for the four candidates for the Labour Party leadership. What does Labour’s failure to mount a challenge to the Tory’s green energy culls say about the party?

  • Planning appeal outcomes could offer final hope for large-scale UK RO deployment

    By Finlay Colville | 13 August 2015, 14:36

    With potential boundary lines drawn around planning application submissions on 22 July 2015 and buildout under ROs by 31 March 2016, what DECC is effectively proposing is a cap on large-scale solar farm deployment under ROCs, with the final capacity installed based upon what the industry can manage to do now over the next seven and a half months.

  • RO uncertainty drives surge in solar farm planning applications

    By Finlay Colville | 12 August 2015, 09:43 | Comments (3)

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has caused what could be potentially the most active day in ground-mounted solar applications seen yet in the industry, directly as a result of its proposals to change the Renewable Obligation (RO) goalposts for the solar industry.

  • Lords, subsidy cuts and an ‘Orwellian’ government

    By Liam Stoker | 07 August 2015, 11:41 | Comments (1)

    The proposed cuts to solar subsidies has attracted the ire of the renewables industry since they were unveiled by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) late last month, but stinging criticism has poured in from unexpected sources too.

  • Over 450 solar farms left in 1.3ROC project pipeline

    By Finlay Colville | 04 August 2015, 12:00 | Comments (1)

    The immediate reaction following the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s 22 July 2015 proposal to change the goalposts for the UK solar industry was obviously one of despair, and what the impact on FY’17 forecasts for ground-mounted solar could be. However, that’s just one part of the story. The other relates to what is left, assuming most of the proposals will end up being rubber stamped by DECC.

  • UK adds 254MW of solar in second quarter of 2015

    By Finlay Colville | 04 August 2015, 09:39 | Comments (1)

    In a normal world, if a market declined by an order of magnitude from one quarter to another, one would expect most of the industry participants to be looking for another career opportunity. But we are talking about the solar industry here, so normal benchmarks tend not to be in play too much.

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