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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.

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.