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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, head 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.

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Sponsored Asset life optimisation through asset management

8 Feb 2018, 08:50 • By Andrew McHarrie
Asset life optimisation through asset management

EA Technology’s Andrew McHarrie discusses some of the key themes affecting asset management and how to optimise your asset life expectancy.

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How much longer can government ignore its advice on solar?

18 Jan 2018, 10:25 • By Liam Stoker
How much longer can government ignore its advice on solar?

Liam Stoker takes a look at this week's recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change and wonders how much longer the government can ignore advice from its own institutions on solar PV.

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Using solar system monitoring to improve customer acquisition

12 Dec 2017, 10:36 • By Lior Handelsman
Using solar system monitoring to improve customer acquisition

Lior Handelsman, VP of marketing and product strategy at SolarEdge, examines how solar system monitoring software can be used to improve customer acquisition strategies in a post- or reduced-FiT environment.

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Bricks and mortar and solar: The PV opportunity in housebuilding

12 Dec 2017, 08:13 • By Stuart Elmes
Bricks and mortar and solar: The PV opportunity in housebuilding

Stuart Elmes, whose company Viridian Solar secured an exclusive supply deal with housebuilder Persimmon Homes earlier this month, discusses the opportunity for solar PV in the new-build housing market.

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What might solar see within tomorrow’s Budget?

21 Nov 2017, 10:58 • By Liam Stoker
What might solar see within tomorrow’s Budget?

Liam Stoker looks ahead to tomorrow lunchtime to see what the UK’s solar industry might expect to see within Philip Hammond’s – and the UK’s – first Autumn Budget.

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It’s time to shake off solar thermal’s preconceptions

15 Nov 2017, 12:10 • By Leonie Greene
It’s time to shake off solar thermal’s preconceptions

Leonie Greene, head of external affairs at the Solar Trade Association, previews the organisation's new report on solar thermal and implores UK installers to revisit the technology.