Our own Finlay Colville reveals that a new 300MW site, to be located in the south of the UK, is moving closer to planning, shifting the UK large-scale pipeline towards the 4GW mark.
Falling system prices have been a key driver of PV's recent growth and competitiveness, but upfront costs are only one part of the equation for long-term profitability within the solar power industry. Maximising any given system’s cumulative power output over its lifetime is critical to lowering the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) and maximising investment returns.
Last month London’s City Hall launched a consultation on its draft environmental strategy, which included a solar action plan to be driven largely by community energy initiatives. Solar Power Portal spoke to Emma Bridge, CEO of Community Energy England and one of the judges of the upcoming Solar Power Portal Awards, to find out her thoughts on Sadiq Khan’s plans for London.
The UK's post-subsidy solar project pipeline now stands at more than 3.5GW. Finlay Colville, head of market research at SPP's publisher Solar Media, provides an overview of these projects, their locations and likely funding models as our most recent pipeline report is released in full.
Rooftop solar is in demand as homeowners seek to boost energy performance and reduce their carbon footprint. As Schweizer’s sales manager for UK and Ireland Martyn Johnson reports, aesthetic appeal is becoming a big driver.
As secondary market deals continue at apace, Liam Stoker looks at recent moves from the likely players and wonders who might emerge from the UK secondary solar market boom on top.
London’s solar strategy was finally published earlier this month with new measures including a reverse solar tender and support for community energy schemes at its heart. David Pratt sat down with Shirley Rodrigues, deputy mayor of London for energy and the environment, to discuss City Hall’s plans for solar.
Lior Handelsman, VP of marketing & product strategy and founder at inverter manufacturer SolarEdge, discusses solar’s excellent fire safety record and what installers need to be aware of in light of recent reports.
As the future of UK storage regulation begins to take shape, the pipeline of utility scale projects has continue to grow and now stands at 3.5GW. Lauren Cook, analyst for Solar Media's in-house market research team, identifies the key trends that have emerged and what the future of UK grid scale storage looks like.
Following a difficult two years at the hands of policy upheaval, confidence is returning to a community energy sector which has its eyes set very firmly on the future. Amanda Lennon examines just where that future might take community solar as the sector celebrates Community Energy Fortnight.
Solar Media's head of market research Finlay Colville delves back into the UK's vast network of planning portals to uncover the incredible scope of subsidy-free solar farms entering the planning phase, and discusses their build potential as UK solar enters its next phase.
As London mayor Sadiq Khan prepares to launch his environment strategy this month, Low Carbon's head of Investments Steve Mack discusses the potential for solar in the capital and what the mayor needs to do to ensure London becomes a global leader in the use of renewable energy.
Stuart Elmes, CEO at Viridian Solar and director at the Solar Trade Association, gives his two cents on this week's long-awaited announcements from the government and Ofgem.
Yesterday the government and Ofgem published its strategy for a modernised, smart and flexible power system, the result of its eagerly anticipated response to last year’s Smart Power Call for Evidence. Solar Power Portal picks through the document to assess how the domestic solar and storage industries may benefit.
On Solar Independence Day, Liam Stoker looks at how the industry is enjoying a revival independent from government-backed incentives.
Energy storage is the next obvious addition to solar plants in the UK. Elizabeth Reid of law firm Bird & Bird takes a look at some of the drivers, opportunities - and regulatory obstacles.