Guest Blog

  • Tory onshore wind planning promise just ‘business as usual’

    By Debbie Marriage | 29 June 2015, 10:48 | Comments (8)

    The government’s recent attack on onshore wind farms has been a long time coming, the Conservative manifesto having stated that in the event of an election win the party would end “new” public subsidy for them and let local people have the final say on wind farm applications.

  • Grid parity in our sights – the end of support shouldn’t be

    By Gaynor Hartnell | 17 July 2015, 08:21 | Comments (6)

    The renewables industry is in turbulent times. The surprise removal of the Climate Change Levy Exemption status, the closure of the Renewables Obligation to onshore wind, the imminent review of the feed-in tariff, the overspending of the Levy Control Framework and its implications for the second round of of Contacts for Difference (CfDs) are just a few current issues. It seems politics rather than pragmatism is calling the tune on renewables policy.

  • Memo to Liz Truss: Please stop worrying about solar farms

    By Alban Thurston | 08 July 2015, 08:05

    For this year’s Solar Independence Day, Alban Thurston embarked on a 250-mile solar odyssey which took him to two solar farms and an all-electric racing airplane.

  • UK planners step up focus on ground-mount solar farms

    By Finlay Colville | 30 June 2015, 13:29

    The UK’s ground-mount solar industry has been providing excellent business opportunities for site planners and planning consultants, in the past few years. However, changes by the government to renewable obligations (RO) subsidies available for both the solar industry and the onshore wind industry are now creating a greater number of individual site opportunities across a much wider range of planning firms.

  • UK solar farms set for northerly expansion in 2015

    By Finlay Colville | 16 June 2015, 11:11

    From Aberystwyth to Aberdeen, from Norfolk to Northumberland, from Truro to Trimdon Station: are large-scale solar farms in the UK poised for northerly expansion in 2015?

  • Renewables financing: a post election catch up

    By Abid Kazim | 11 June 2015, 16:53 | Comments (1)

    As the post-election dust settles, the NextEnergy Solar Fund’s Abid Kazim looks at what the surprise result means for the PV investment community

  • Resolving gridlock

    By Leonie Greene | 20 May 2015, 06:55

    Grid constraints in the UK are becoming more apparent as our ageing energy infrastructure struggles to match developer appetite for low-carbon generation. Leonie Greene analyses just how important timely action could be for Britain’s low-carbon economy.

  • Shared community connections: Nice idea government but will Ofgem allow it?

    By Gaynor Hartnell | 08 May 2015, 07:12 | Comments (2)

    The government is keen for PV project developers to offer interested communities the chance to invest alongside them. However, if this is to happen then DNOs, planners, lenders and Ofgem all need to be pulling in the same direction.

  • Crowdfunding for community programmes

    By Abid Kazim | 16 April 2015, 06:00

    The government’s push for community-owned energy projects presents some intriguing opportunities for solar developers. Abid Kazim explores the financial options for community programmes

  • The first round of CfD allocation – telling it like it is

    By Gaynor Hartnell | 15 April 2015, 06:00 | Comments (2)

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change recently commissioned Grant Thornton and Pöyry to gather feedback on the government’s Electricity Market Reform programme. Gaynor Hartnell outlines her responses to the current state of the CfD for solar.

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