A recap of the biggest news from the last week in UK solar and storage, including new purchases, contact wins and product launches.
A recap of the biggest news from the last week in UK solar and storage, including a landmark report from the Committee on Climate Change, BEIS’ latest renewables projections and the Isles of Scilly getting its own renewables-driven smart grid.
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has continued talks across Whitehall on the issue of rising business rates on solar installations, despite the lack of progress made in last week’s budget.
When The Solar Cloth Company collapsed in June last year, it took with it nearly £1 million of crowd-funded finance. Liam Stoker investigates how this came to pass and potential failures within Crowdcube’s consumer protections.
A recap of the biggest news from the last week in UK solar and storage in a week that’s been dominated by the spring budget and what – or perhaps what wasn’t – announced within it.
David Pratt talks to Damian Baker, managing director of RenEnergy, on the future of large scale solar deployment once the ROC scheme closes on 31 March 2017.
Chancellor Philip Hammond has offered nothing to address concerns over the increased business rates applied to properties with solar in his maiden budget delivered earlier today.
Swiss metal engineering company Ernst Schweizer is preparing to boost its presence in the UK after claiming cutbacks to government subsidies have resulted in increased interest in self-consumption.
Schools in England and Wales could face an annual bill of almost £2 million if the government goes ahead with the planned introduction of business rates on small solar installations, according to the Green Party.
A recap of the biggest news from the last week in UK solar and storage, including a drastic cut to embedded benefits, a petition delivered to government and an update on the smart power CFE
200,000-strong solar business rates petition delivered to Treasury as Hammond prepares maiden budget
A petition urging chancellor Philip Hammond to stop the business rates hike on solar installs, signed by more than 200,000 people, has been delivered to HM Treasury this morning.
Major UK solar asset owner NextEnergy Capital has established a new advisory board, naming former energy secretary Sir Ed Davey and industry stalwart Jeremy Leggett amongst its first members.
Nominations for the Solar Power Portal Awards 2017 are now open, and the commercial rooftop PV award returns once again as the ceremony enters its fifth successive year.
Lark Energy has reshuffled its senior management team in a bid to focus its efforts on delivering subsidy-free solar and other energy projects.
Solarwatt has begun trials of its MyReserve battery storage system across the UK and Ireland in preparation for its official launch in April.
Transport for London (TfL) is preparing the imminent launch of a tendering process for new solar installations on its own buildings, Solar Power Portal understands.
RenEnergy has begun construction on a 1.9MW PPA project in Norwich which is likely to be one of the last to be supported by ROC accreditation, with the developer already looking at post subsidy PPA models.
Solar Media, the publisher behind Solar Power Portal and PV Tech, has outlined its suite of products for 2017, officially launching Solar & Storage Live at a drinks reception in London on Monday night.
Seven primary schools in the Glasgow area are to be fitted with solar panels with a combined total capacity of 350kWp under plans by the city council to reduce emissions by 30% by 2020.
The Solar Trade Association is ramping up its campaign against a proposed increase in solar business rates, aiming to secure a U-turn ahead of new rates coming into force on 1 April 2017.
Construction is underway on a new solar project from Swindon Borough Council, which will couple income from 1.2 ROCs with savings from a private wire with the Swindon household waste recycling centre to produce substantial new cash flows for the council.
Entries are now open for this year’s Solar Power Portal Awards 2017.
A recap of the biggest news from the last week in UK solar, with developments from Ecotricity, IKEA and Anesco.
PV Kits Direct has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Mibet to bring the Chinese manufacturer’s floating solar systems to the UK.
UK O&M firm Clean Solar Solutions has expanded into Australia in a move designed to take advantage of a new market “not flooded” by companies offering the same services to solar asset holders.
Sonnen has partnered with CCL Components which will distribute its domestic and commercial battery systems as the German manufacturer seeks to expand its reach in the UK.
A new energy demand response start-up is preparing to launch within weeks which will use machine learning and artificial intelligence to manage a portfolio of storage assets and provide real-time energy reserves to the grid.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the government to act over the proposed solar business rate increase, arguing it could act as a “huge disincentive” for SMEs to invest in the technology.
United Utilities is considering the feasibility of building a floating solar array adjacent to its Wayoh water treatment works in Edgworth, Lancashire following the success of the 3MW system installed in Godley, Greater Manchester last year.
The first and largest solar farm in Scotland, built by family ice cream company Mackie’s, has hit one year of electricity generation.