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  • DECC confirms 2016 CfD round deadlines

    25 March 2015, 15:48 Updated: 25 March 2015, 15:57

    The Department for Energy and Climate Change has confirmed that the UK’s next Contracts for Difference allocation round will start on 21 October this year and finish next March.

  • BreakingUK raises solar rooftop permitted development threshold to 1MW

    25 March 2015, 11:17 Updated: 25 March 2015, 16:30

    The UK commercial rooftop industry received another boost this morning after Eric Pickles increased the permitted development threshold for rooftop solar panels installed on commercial property to 1MW.

  • Solar Trade Association launches Scotland branch

    23 March 2015, 14:06 Updated: 23 March 2015, 16:22

    The Solar Trade Association (STA) has launched a new branch in Scotland.

  • DECC rubber stamps ‘lift and shift’ solar rooftop proposals

    20 March 2015, 12:49 Updated: 24 March 2015, 15:32 | Comments (1)

    The UK commercial rooftop sector has received a significant boost today after the Department for Energy and Climate Change rubber stamped so-called ‘lift and shift’ proposals, allowing businesses to take rooftop solar panels with them should they move.

  • Wroughton Airfield solar project finally given green light

    19 March 2015, 16:57 Updated: 19 March 2015, 17:10

    The 40MW solar farm proposed for Wroughton Airfield in Swindon called in by secretary of state for communities and local government Eric Pickles has received the go-ahead – less than two weeks before this year’s ROC deadline.

  • PV Talk: Solar planning for the future

    19 March 2015, 14:36 Updated: 19 March 2015, 15:01

    Adrian Lea, technical director at Wardell Armstrong offers Solar Power Portal some tips on getting large-scale solar through the planning process ahead of his appearance at the Large-Scale Solar UK 2015 conference in Bristol.

  • Industry rubbishes ‘plain wrong’ CPS renewable energy report

    19 March 2015, 12:21 Updated: 19 March 2015, 12:45

    The solar industry has aligned to rubbish a report issued by the Centre for Policy Studies released yesterday which sought to discredit renewable energies and their impact on the UK’s energy mix.

  • Budget 2015 reaction: Greenest budget yet?

    18 March 2015, 14:44 Updated: 18 March 2015, 17:48

    Chancellor George Osborne has finally talked up a green project in his final budget of this government: a £1 billion tidal lagoon project in Swansea. However, true to form, Osborne also introduced new North Sea tax breaks and fuel duty cuts.

  • Budget 2015: Government embraces tidal technology for green generation

    18 March 2015, 14:20 Updated: 18 March 2015, 15:40

    The government is exploring ways of funding five tidal lagoon projects that would generate enough electricity to meet 10% of the UK’s electricity needs.

  • Solar developer says CfD scheme ‘plays to its strengths’

    17 March 2015, 10:23 Updated: 17 March 2015, 13:45

    Solar farm developer, Green Hedge Renewables (formerly AEE Renewables) believes that the new contracts for difference (CfD) mechanism plays to the company’s “competitive strengths” and has welcomed the opportunities the scheme is bringing to the sector.


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