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  • One in 10 solar farms at risk of missing RO deadline

    02 March 2015, 12:30 Updated: 02 March 2015, 12:38

    Up to 10% of large-scale solar projects rushing to connect to the grid by March 31 could be at risk of missing out on renewable obligation funding, according to research carried out by business rescue specialist, McTear Williams & Wood.

  • Ernst & Young: Election uncertainty sees UK plummet down renewable energy attractiveness index

    02 March 2015, 11:34 Updated: 02 March 2015, 11:59

    The UK has fallen to its lowest position in 12 years on Ernst & Young’s (EY) Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index which charts countries’ appeal for investment in renewables. 

  • CfD auction results: Industry reaction

    26 February 2015, 11:58 Updated: 27 February 2015, 14:20 | Comments (2)

    Industry reaction as the government announces the results of the contracts for difference (CfDs) auction with five solar projects winning a share of the budget.

  • Five solar projects successful in CfD auction

    26 February 2015, 07:06 Updated: 02 March 2015, 9:24 | Comments (8)

    DECC has released the results of the contracts for difference auction with just five solar projects, totalling less than 72MW, proving successful.

  • 10MW Welsh solar farm wins approval on appeal

    20 February 2015, 15:27 Updated: 20 February 2015, 15:34

    A 10MW solar farm near Abergavenny in Monmouthshire has been granted approval on appeal by the Welsh planning inspectorate.

  • 47% drop in FiT installs following January degressions

    20 February 2015, 12:40 Updated: 23 February 2015, 8:59

    There were more than 7,780 solar installs carried out under the feed-in tariff during January 2015, according to the latest figures published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

  • Under the spotlight: Debbie Marriage on cutting the politics from solar planning decisions

    19 February 2015, 13:00 Updated: 19 February 2015, 13:33

    Debbie Marriage, senior consultant at Parker Dann Town Planning Consultancy, discusses the industry’s post-election priority to take the politics back out of planning decisions.

  • CMA inquiry questions bill impact of non-competitive CfD allocations

    18 February 2015, 12:04 Updated: 18 February 2015, 12:28

    The competition and markets authority (CMA) has called into question the value for money of the eight CfD projects which were awarded funding without competition.

  • VideoOpinion: Solar’s Truss issues

    18 February 2015, 09:57 Updated: 18 February 2015, 11:40

    In light of Solar Power Portal’s stunning reveal that Defra amassed no evidence to back up its claims that solar farms displace agricultural production, Peter Bennett outlines some more details from the freedom of information request.

  • Exclusive: Defra’s solar clampdown based on ‘politics not evidence’

    17 February 2015, 14:02 Updated: 18 February 2015, 9:29

    The Department for environment, food and rural affairs (Defra) was informed by the CAP Direct Payments Team that solar farms do not have a “serious” impact on the UK’s agricultural output ahead of its controversial decision to remove CAP payments for solar farms.


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