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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.

Q&A: Tony Dalwood, chief executive of Gresham House, on the purchase of Hazel Capital

Q&A: Tony Dalwood, chief executive of Gresham House, on the purchase of Hazel Capital

6 Nov 2017, 17:07
• By David Pratt

Last week, renewables developer and investor Hazel Capital was acquired by Gresham House. Tony Dalwood, chief executive of the asset management group, explains to Solar Power Portal what the acquisition means for both Gresham House and Hazel Capital; what projects will be brought forward from the existing pipeline; and what uncertainties lay ahead for UK energy storage.

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100MW installed, but this is just the beginning for large-scale battery energy storage

31 Oct 2017, 12:05 • By Lauren Cook
100MW installed, but this is just the beginning for large-scale battery energy storage

The UK’s large-scale battery storage installations have reached 100MW of capacity, made up of around 50 individual sites larger than 250kW. However, as Solar Media Market Research analyst Lauren Cook explains, data from the UK Battery Storage Project Database report shows that this is just the beginning, with revenue stream patterns emerging to show how projects are proving to be successful.

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Q&A: Frans van den Heuvel on five years at Solarcentury

25 Oct 2017, 13:46 • By Liam Stoker
Q&A: Frans van den Heuvel on five years at Solarcentury

Earlier this month Solarcentury chief Frans van den Heuvel became the fifth recipient of the Solar Power Portal Awards’ outstanding achievement accolade. We caught up with Frans to discuss his five years at the helm of one of the UK solar industry’s stalwarts and what the future might hold for the firm.

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How post-subsidy UK solar will benefit from next-generation PV modules

16 Oct 2017, 08:12 • By Finlay Colville
How post-subsidy UK solar will benefit from next-generation PV modules

Ahead of next month’s PV ModuleTech conference in Kuala Lumpur, Solar Media’s head of market research Finlay Colville examines the technology trends UK developers will have to get to grips with if they’re to take advantage of the post-subsidy environment in the UK.

Q&A: Wattstor on the SPP Award-winning residential, C&I energy storage project for a care home

Q&A: Wattstor on the SPP Award-winning residential, C&I energy storage project for a care home

12 Oct 2017, 17:27
• By Andy Colthorpe

An ambitious project to convert the “grey fleet” of a care home for old folk in Scotland to a sustainable “green fleet”, using solar PV and battery energy storage, was winner of the Residential, Commercial and Industrial-scale Storage Project category at last week’s Solar Power Portal Awards. Andy Colthorpe spoke with the project's senior design engineer, Jonothan Oxford of Wattstor.

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What we learned from Solar & Storage Live 2017

9 Oct 2017, 12:34 • By Liam Stoker
What we learned from Solar & Storage Live 2017

Last week’s Solar & Storage Live saw the UK’s entire supply chain descend on Birmingham’s NEC for three days of industry leading and thought provoking discussions, business brokering and a few celebrations here of there. Liam Stoker summarises some of the things we picked up from the show floor this year.

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Household energy storage batteries: Myths and realities

Household energy storage batteries: Myths and realities

2 Oct 2017, 11:56
• By Ian Murray

Managing director of UK energy storage manufacturer Powerflow, Ian Murray, addresses some FAQs on what consumers should be asking about battery system before buying them for their houses.

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Inside Clay Hill, the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm

27 Sep 2017, 15:33 • By Liam Stoker
Inside Clay Hill, the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm

Liam Stoker reports from Clay Hill Solar Farm, the first solar project to be built in the UK without subsidy support, and discovers how the solar-plus-storage facility was energised.