Editor's Blog > PV

  • India: The start of something good

    By Liam Stoker | 21 May 2015, 10:05 | Comments (1)

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s target of establishing 100GW of solar capacity in the country by 2020 seems ambitious, but UK-based developers could be ideally placed to help the country on its way.

  • Large-scale solar and storage: democratising energy

    By Peter Bennett | 01 May 2015, 14:33 | Comments (4)

    Elon Musk has just told the world that humanity can achieve zero-carbon energy generation. The CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, who is routinely listed as one of the most influential people of the planet, believes two technologies will make this happen: solar PV and energy storage.

  • Large-Scale Solar UK: Compiling a CfD wishlist

    By Peter Bennett | 29 April 2015, 16:25

    Given the backdrop of a miserable contract for difference (CfD) performance for solar, where only five projects managed to successfully snag support, a general air of optimism was still noticeable throughout all of the first day’s speakers.

  • Who’s in poll position?

    By Liam Stoker | 29 April 2015, 10:02

    The bulk of campaigning is done and the UK electorate will take to the polls next week, but who has committed the most to renewable energy, and where will solar stand in the next government’s term?

  • 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

  • The escalating politicisation of solar farms

    By Peter Bennett | 21 October 2014, 12:42 | Comments (8)

    Here we go again. On Sunday, the department of environment and rural affairs (Defra) released one of the most astonishing press releases I’ve ever seen.


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