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  • DECC extends RO grace period from three to 12 months

    25 November 2014, 17:44 Updated: 25 November 2014, 18:07

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed that it will extend the grace period for solar projects when the renewable obligation (RO) scheme is scrapped for projects over 5MW in April 2015. 

  • DECC consults over feed-in tariff transferability for commercial installs

    25 November 2014, 17:43 Updated: 25 November 2014, 18:16 | Comments (2)

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change has launched a consultation over its plans to allow commercial users to retain their feed-in tariff (FiT) payments if they move premises.

  • VideoProposed FiT changes would kill solar ‘stone dead’ in Northern Ireland

    20 November 2014, 17:19 Updated: 21 November 2014, 9:03

    Northern Ireland’s feed-in tariff (FiT) is facing the possibility of a huge cut that could cost 1,000 jobs, according to the country’s Solar Trade Association (NISTA).

  • VideoCan the Liberal Democrats translate courting of green vote into action?

    19 November 2014, 14:52 Updated: 19 November 2014, 17:23

    Andy Colthorpe with a video comment on how the Lib Dems are seeking to appeal to the ‘green vote’, talking up the benefits of investing in renewable energy and making encouraging noises about solar, while the coalition government they are part of seems less sold on the idea.

  • UK solar to be cheaper than gas by 2018

    19 November 2014, 12:13 Updated: 19 November 2014, 13:59 | Comments (3)

    Large-scale solar PV in the UK will be cheaper than gas before 2018, according to a report published by the Solar Trade Association.

  • Ed Davey: Solar will become ‘cheapest form of energy’

    18 November 2014, 11:28 Updated: 18 November 2014, 14:45 | Comments (1)

    DECC secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Davey has said that he is “absolutely convinced” the falling costs of solar will make it the cheapest form of energy available in the coming years.

  • Grid delays and policy uncertainty mar Good Energy PV planning win

    17 November 2014, 11:07 Updated: 17 November 2014, 11:37

    Good Energy Group has been granted planning permission for three solar sites, but there are concerns the third project’s returns will be delayed.

  • VideoPre-election battle lines drawn in Hastings

    13 November 2014, 15:00 Updated: 13 November 2014, 15:26

    Green policies took centre stage in Hastings this week with both Conservative and Labour MPs in the area to talk about green policies

  • No FiT boost for community projects

    13 November 2014, 13:20 Updated: 13 November 2014, 14:54

    The government has confirmed that it will not raise the ceiling for feed-in tariff (FiT) payments from 5MW to 10MW as part of its community energy strategy.

  • VideoAre CfDs the correct support mechanism for solar?

    12 November 2014, 08:48 Updated: 12 November 2014, 9:06

    The introduction of auction-based contracts for difference (CfDs) in the UK has caused huge amounts of uncertainty in the solar industry. With Japan considering introducing its own version of CfDs and the EU stating a preference for the support mechanism, Andy Colthorpe asks if CfDs could be the solar support mechanism of the future.


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