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  • VideoTrina’s Richard Rushin says CfDs are a positive indication of a mature UK solar market

    29 October 2014, 10:28 Updated: 29 October 2014, 11:58

    Lucy Woods spoke to Trina Solar’s UK sales manager Richard Rushin about the UK market. In the interview he was surprisingly positive about the impending contracts for difference.

  • Exclusive: New twist in EU-China trade row could spread tariffs to new countries

    27 October 2014, 15:42 Updated: 28 October 2014, 15:13 | Comments (2)

    EU ProSun is preparing to request the European Commission to start a formal investigation into whether Chinese module makers are breaking the rules set out in the agreed trade settlement, Solar Power Portal has learned.

  • Defra fails to back up new solar farm subsidy cut

    27 October 2014, 15:25 Updated: 27 October 2014, 16:20

    The UK government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has failed to produce evidence to back up its new policy scrapping a solar subsidy for farmers.

  • Commercial rooftop solar can boost property value, study finds

    22 October 2014, 11:58 Updated: 22 October 2014, 12:36 | Comments (1)

    New research published by real estate company, JLL in conjunction with Solarcentury has found that solar PV arrays on commercial properties can increase their value through additional income streams.

  • VideoNFU VP calls for ‘sober’ debate on fuel vs food

    21 October 2014, 09:15 Updated: 23 October 2014, 10:34

    The vice president of the National Farmers Union has called for a “sober” debate on fuel vs food following comments made by the environment secretary that UK farmland was being “wasted” and “blighted by solar farms”.

  • ‘Damaging and incorrect’: Industry reaction to solar farm CAP scrap

    20 October 2014, 15:16 Updated: 21 October 2014, 15:22

    The department for environment, food and rural affairs’ (Defra) shock announcement that payments under the CAP for land underneath solar farms will cease in the New Year has sent shock waves through the solar industry and agricultural stakeholders alike.

  • TuNur African-export solar project to compete for CfD funding

    20 October 2014, 15:01 Updated: 20 October 2014, 17:48 | Comments (1)

    TuNur, Low Carbon and Nur Energies’ 2GW African-based solar export project will enter the highly competitive pool of solar applicants attempting to win contracts for difference (CfD) from the British government.

  • Farmers with solar farms will lose CAP payments from January 2015

    20 October 2014, 07:30 Updated: 20 October 2014, 15:15 | Comments (1)

    Farmers with solar farms will no longer be eligible for farm subsidies under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the land taken up by the development from January 2015.


  • UK solar developers concentrating on March deadline

    16 October 2014, 10:15 Updated: 16 October 2014, 14:17

    The UK solar sector is prioritising large-scale projects ahead of the March cut-off for projects over 5MW to qualify for renewable obligation (RO), according to module manufacturers REC and JA Solar.

  • SEUK: MCS ‘too reliant on volunteers’

    15 October 2014, 11:37 Updated: 15 October 2014, 12:45 | Comments (1)

    A poll run on Solar Power Portal in the build up to Solar Energy UK posed the question: To what extent do you agree with the following statement? ‘Current installer standards agencies are supporting the progression of the UK solar PV industry’. The results make for grim reading for the MCS: 67.08% of readers either disagree or strongly disagree with the statement.



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