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.
As an intriguing year for UK solar concludes, Solar Power Portal looks back at some of the most interesting, popular and important news stories of the last 12 months. Today, we look at May to June.
Solar thermal has been spared the axe under long-awaited reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive, published today by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PiP) has provided £20.3 million of debt capital to refinance almost 2,000 rooftop solar assets owned by Foresight on behalf of the railways pension scheme, RPMI Railpen.
Guinness Asset Management has completed to sale of two portfolio companies responsible for domestic and commercial rooftop solar assets to Aviva Investors.
The UK's "rapidly maturing" solar operations and maintenance (O&M) market must adopt a service desk-style culture like that seen in the computing industry if contractors are to survive.
Yorkshire Water is seeking three potential partners for a solar PV power purchase agreement (PPA) framework worth up to £20 million which would see ground mounted and even floating systems installed across a range of sites.
Centrica is to launch a £19 million pilot project which will assess the development of a virtual energy marketplace with renewables and storage at its heart.
More than 160 NGOs, public institutions and businesses – including major brands such as Sainsbury’s and IKEA – have come out in support of solar over proposed increases to rateable values.
Bentley Motors has been given the green light to construct a 3MW solar carport at its manufacturing facility in Cheshire, which would become the UK’s largest when finished.
Aberdeen City Council has revealed that it was forced to pay £275,000 in lost income after solar panels installed by a now failed company were switched off following a series of “thermal events” that had to be reported to the Health and Safety Executive.
Irish developer Gaelectric is preparing to deliver what is thought to be the largest solar project in the Republic of Ireland with an urban rooftop scheme at the Butlers Chocolates headquarters Dublin.
With continuously growing operation costs, and public pressure to reduce expenditures, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service decided to install PV systems on top of 12 fire stations and three headquarter buildings across Hampshire.
Bentley Motors is planning to construct the UK’s largest solar carport – a significant 2.938MW in size – on an employee car park adjacent to its manufacturing facility in Crewe.
Devon County Council has called on ministers to raise the issue of proposed increases in business rates applied to solar installations, claiming the plans will have “a profound effect” on its own plans to install solar.
Bournemouth University has installed a 95kWp solar system atop its new £22 million academic ‘Fusion Building’, which will provide it with more than 100,000kWh of electricity each year.
There remain mixed views on where the UK solar industry goes from now. In the wake of a six-year low in deployment, Finlay Colville mulls the options.
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.
Ecotricity, the green energy supplier founded by Dale Vince, has sparked rumours of a possible takeover bid for rival supplier Good Energy after acquiring a significant stake in the company.
Baroness Neville-Rolfe has suggested the government is looking to level the playing field between public and private schools over the issue of solar business rates during a questions session in the House of Lords.
The Odyssey Group, owners of the SSE Arena Belfast, has proposed installing a 420kWp commercial rooftop system atop the entertainment centre’s buildings.
A letter signed by over 20 organisations has put pressure on energy and intellectual property minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe to retain solar thermal within the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), as the industry continues to wait for the government’s decision.
The first crowd-funded solar project at a higher education institution has been completed at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) after raising more than £22,000 in a matter of weeks.
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.