A recap of the biggest news from the last week in UK solar and storage, including more details on Foresight’s dispute with SunEdison, TfL’s solar plans and activity in the secondary solar market.
The government has set out its plans for the future of UK electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the UK, including requirements for smart technologies to allow chargepoints to help balance the grid.
National Grid is considering moving away from one and two year contracts within its grid balancing tenders, which according to the system operator’s UK director do not reflect the transition needed within the energy system in the future.
Renewables investor Low Carbon has bolstered its portfolio of solar assets it has under management by taking on a new tranche of assets from Wirsol.
The Scottish government has set a target to deliver half the country’s heat, transport and electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030, despite ongoing support for the recovery of oil and gas production.
The government has released plans to spend £28 million on reducing the cost of energy storage, advancing demand side response technologies and improving energy efficiency measures for UK industry.
The Scottish government has published plans that would see the country’s carbon emissions fall by two thirds by 2032 compared to a 1990 baseline by mobilising climate action across all sectors of its economy.
The UK energy storage industry is ready to deliver smart technologies for a clean energy system but requires the government to remove all barriers to deployment, the Solar Trade Association (STA) has said.
A new company is to be set up to take on the system operator (SO) duties of National Grid, separating it from the transmission operator (TO) in an effort to address perceived conflicts of interest and prepare for future changes in the UK’s energy system.
Labour has placed climate action at the heart of its plans for industrial strategy after including it as one of the key priorities within a public consultation published yesterday.
A cluster of eco homes utilising solar panels are being used to provide low cost public housing to tenants in Pembrokeshire as part of Wales’ first solar village.
Ecotricity has been named among the top ten disruptive companies in Britain for its work in developing the Electric Highway and its upcoming investment in the country’s first green gas mill.
The imminent capacity market auction could offer some clues on the direction of travel, writes Terry Macalister, but the government could be missing a trick by not steering the mechanism down a greener path.
Official figures released today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have shown the UK solar industry delivered more than £4.6 billion to the UK economy in 2014 as part of a turnover of £83.4 billion created by the low carbon and renewable energy (LCRE) economy.
French bank BNP Paribas has priced its first €500 million green bond, the net proceeds of which will be allocated to a series of environmentally sustainable fields including renewable energies.
Low carbon energy sources were responsible for producing more than half of Britain’s electricity for the first time in Q3 2016, according to a new quarterly report commissioned by Drax Group.
The Irish minister for communications, climate change and natural resources has sought to manage expectations for the country’s nascent solar market, indicating that not all of the applications currently in the pipeline will be supported by the government.
The first solar panels have been fitted at Gloucester Cathedral which is set to become the oldest cathedral in the UK to install a commercial size system on the roof.
A coalition of global firms has launched a competition to identify and develop new solar and energy storage technologies in an effort to accelerate the scaling of solutions for 100% renewable energy.
Forster Energy has partnered with Renewable Energy Investments (REI) to offer a power purchase agreement (PPA) model allowing a wide range of potential clients to adopt solar energy at zero upfront cost.
London’s solar strategy will be published in spring 2017 as part of a wider environmental policy consultation to be released under the new deputy mayor for energy and environment, Shirley Rodrigues.
Scottish Water has pledged to spend £9 million over the next three years on a number of solar projects in the single biggest investment in the technology by the utility.
Despite outperforming the rest of the UK, Scotland will need to increase its renewable electricity deployment by 1.3GW per year to 2020 if it is to meet its decarbonisation targets, according to a new report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
The conservative think tank Policy Exchange has thrown its weight behind the government’s proposals to axe solar thermal from the Renewable Heat Incentive, claiming that lower cost non-renewable technologies should be allowed onto the scheme.
The UK would adopt a target of 65% of electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030 under a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn, creating around 316,000 jobs in the renewables sector.
Battery storage has dominated the outcome of the National Grid’s 200MW Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) tender, with the technology to be used for balancing services at grid scale for the first time in the UK.
The UK can successfully tackle the challenges of the energy trilemma without building Hinkley Point C according to a new report from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) out today.
A Suffolk local authority has become the owner of one of the largest council-owned solar farms in the country after using capital reserves to purchase the Toggam Farm solar farm, in Lakenheath.
Greater support of low carbon investment is needed from government to “plug the gap” left by its earlier climate and energy reset according to a new report penned by a former HM Treasury economist.
Sadiq Khan’s efforts to be “the greenest mayor London has ever had” have been bolstered by City Hall’s announcement that it has applied for a licence to supply low carbon electricity, despite no news yet of increased renewable energy generation within the city.