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Public to private: Does the latest subsidy-free solar farm offer a bridge to future deployment?

12 Nov 2018, 11:32 • By David Pratt
Public to private: Does the latest subsidy-free solar farm offer a bridge to future deployment?

West Sussex County Council recently followed up Anesco's completion of the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm in September last year with its own, deploying 7.4MW alongside a battery to make the project viable. While some have argued the project offers little in discussions of the future solar landscape in the UK, local authority projects are being completed now and could bridge the gap in deployment until private investors get moving.

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UK rooftop solar at a crossroads; planning for life after tariffs

6 Nov 2018, 11:30 • By David Pratt
UK rooftop solar at a crossroads; planning for life after tariffs

As the tariff and potentially export payment regimes comes to an end, never before has it been more important to look at alternative means to ensure rooftop solar continues to play a part in national decarbonisation. However, international comparisons raised at an event yesterday demonstrate how more needs to be done to move the conversation on from tariffs to planning, with the government far from off the hook.

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UK subsidy-free solar to commence in 2019

1 Nov 2018, 10:42 • By Finlay Colville
UK subsidy-free solar to commence in 2019

Finlay Colville, head of market research at Solar Media, reveals precisely how and where subsidy-free solar in the UK is to get underway next year.

Riding the wave: how flow machines could replace battery storage in the UK

Riding the wave: how flow machines could replace battery storage in the UK

30 Aug 2018, 16:31
• By David Pratt

As the UK storage market continues to evolve and old business models prove challenging, flow energy storage machines are beginning to find a place alongside solar. Scott McGregor, chief executive of redT energy, explains how the technology is ready to take the place left by battery technologies.

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Sponsored Best practices for selling solar inverter upgrades

20 Aug 2018, 14:21 • By Lior Handelsman
Best practices for selling solar inverter upgrades

Lior Handelsman, VP of marketing and product strategy and founder of SolarEdge, discusses what constitutes best practice when selling inverter upgrades.

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‘Shovel-ready’: large-scale solar in Ireland prepares to go live in 2019

16 Aug 2018, 09:35 • By Lauren Cook
‘Shovel-ready’: large-scale solar in Ireland prepares to go live in 2019

With the Republic of Ireland finally giving the green light to the country's Renewable Electricity Support Scheme, solar developers that have waited years for their opportunity are gearing up for delivery. Lauren Cook, analyst at Solar Media Market Research, outlines the current state of the Irish market and what kinds of projects are in with a chance of support next year.

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Mind the gap – What’s next in BEIS’ UK solar vision?

20 Jul 2018, 16:07 • By Leonie Greene
Mind the gap – What’s next in BEIS’ UK solar vision?

Leonie Greene, director of advocacy and new markets at the Solar Trade Association, analyses what the government’s future of small-scale renewables holds in store and what steps must be taken next.

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A leap forward for large-scale storage: UK’s new capacity to top 500MW in 2018

11 Jul 2018, 11:00 • By Lauren Cook
A leap forward for large-scale storage: UK’s new capacity to top 500MW in 2018

​Halfway through 2018 and large-scale battery storage in the UK has reached over 450MW installed capacity, with around 250MW being completed this year alone. Solar Media Market Research analyst Lauren Cook looks back at how we got here, and what we can learn from the rapidly growing large-scale pipeline.

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Leading Lights: The UK solar revolution looks to local & regional leaders

23 Apr 2018, 15:06 • By Leonie Greene
Leading Lights: The UK solar revolution looks to local & regional leaders

On the back of the trade body’s new report on local authority solar, the Solar Trade Association’s Leonie Greene uncovers the extent of the opportunity with local authorities, details some best practice and looks at precisely how solar companies can thrive in this sector.

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A Better FiT - Two years on from UK Solar’s ground zero

12 Feb 2018, 15:26 • By Liam Stoker
A Better FiT - Two years on from UK Solar’s ground zero

Two years ago the government’s new feed-in tariff regime came into force, starting an immensely difficult period for the solar industry. Deployment has fallen by nearly 80%, and thousands of jobs have been lost. This is the inside track of how it happened.