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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.

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.