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Farewell FiTs: Spring is coming as UK solar pivots to the future

18 Apr 2019, 11:40 • By Leonie Greene
Farewell FiTs: Spring is coming as UK solar pivots to the future

As climate protests take to the streets, the Solar Trade Association’s Leonie Greene offers a glimpse at what the immediate future has in store for the UK’s solar industry and its growing independence.

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Solarcentury, M&A and the thirst for British solar expertise

11 Apr 2019, 11:52 • By Liam Stoker
Solarcentury, M&A and the thirst for British solar expertise

With the news that Solarcentury is eyeing up a potential £250 million sale, Liam Stoker looks at the M&A momentum in the solar sector and why British developers score highly on energy company wish lists.

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Farewell FiTs: How people, and not just policy, drove UK solar

29 Mar 2019, 13:50 • By Leonie Greene
Farewell FiTs: How people, and not just policy, drove UK solar

Léonie Greene, director of advocacy and new markets at the Solar Trade Association, looks back at the some of the moments and people that have been critical to the solar industry under the feed-in tariff on the eve of the scheme’s closure.

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Farewell FiTs: The end of the beginning

26 Mar 2019, 10:41 • By Liam Stoker
Farewell FiTs: The end of the beginning

Liam Stoker kicks off a fortnight-long series of content that will bid a fond farewell to the feed-in tariff as it enters its final throes.

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Results season and UK solar’s direction of travel

12 Mar 2019, 12:44 • By Liam Stoker
Results season and UK solar’s direction of travel

Results season - that time of the year when firms reveal just how well, or poorly, they’ve performed - is always interesting, but as UK solar enters a critical juncture, this year’s season has become emblematic of PV’s direction of travel.

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Five things we learned from Energy Storage Summit 2019

7 Mar 2019, 09:06 • By Andy Colthorpe, Liam Stoker
Five things we learned from Energy Storage Summit 2019

Solar Media's in-house editorial team highlights five key themes that emerged from last week's Energy Storage Summit 2019, which took place at a crucial time for the industry.

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Plugging the hole: How can solar fill UK nuclear’s void?

21 Feb 2019, 11:35 • By Liam Stoker
Plugging the hole: How can solar fill UK nuclear’s void?

When Hitachi suspended development of its planned new nuclear power plant at Wylfa in early 2019, many thought the news would blow a hole in the country’s decarbonisation plans. But as costs continue to fall, even the UK government, not usually considered to be renewables’ closest ally, has pointed to the technologies’ role in plugging that gap. Liam Stoker looks at what might be required.

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Sponsored O&M strategies for finding module-level defects

10 Dec 2018, 10:02 • By Lior Handelsman
O&M strategies for finding module-level defects

Lior Handelsman, VP of marketing & product strategy at SolarEdge, analyses the various strategies asset owners can use to identify module-level defects.

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Making the most of rooftop solar opportunities

22 Nov 2018, 10:16 • By Abid Kazim
Making the most of rooftop solar opportunities

In the latest from NextEnergy Capital, Abid Kazim discusses the shift to a decentralised energy system, how this will facilitate the deployment of rooftop solar and what investment opportunities distributed energy generation represents as we move to the electrification of transportation.

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UK post-subsidy pipeline reaches 3GW, 500MW pegged for 2019 development

20 Nov 2018, 10:31 • By Finlay Colville
UK post-subsidy pipeline reaches 3GW, 500MW pegged for 2019 development

Finlay Colville, head of market research at Solar Media, details precisely how the UK’s post-subsidy solar pipeline has soared to just shy of 3GW, while simultaneously forecasting something of a revival for UK solar in 2019 with 500MW to be developed.

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In defence of Clayhill

16 Nov 2018, 10:10 • By Sarah Hitchcox
In defence of Clayhill

Sarah Hitchcox, development and policy director at Anesco, sets the record straight over the developer’s famed Clayhill project – the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm – and discusses the company’s vision for the future.

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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.