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.
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.
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.
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.
Lior Handelsman, VP of marketing and product strategy and founder of SolarEdge, discusses what constitutes best practice when selling inverter upgrades.
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.
Tim Humpage, head of EPC at British Solar Renewables, discusses some of the key lessons to be learned from the firm’s work on the 49.9MW Pelham battery completed on behalf of Statera Energy late last year.
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.
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.
SPP talks to Alastair Mounsey, UK country manager at JA Solar, about what to expect from the UK market as it rebounds and what installers can learn from other markets who’ve managed regulatory change in the past.
NextEnergy Solar Fund's Abid Kazim explains why his firm made its first co-located solar-plus-storage acquisition last month, and why more are set to follow.
After Claire Perry said she expects some "really positive" outcomes from the forthcoming solar strategy, Liam Stoker looks back at some of the other claims made by energy ministers and secretaries and explains why the department can ill afford another misstep.
Viridian Solar’s Stuart Elmes reflects on the recent STA ‘Leading Lights’ report and narrows in on the example Milton Keynes is setting for others to follow.
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.
Liam Stoker ruminates on recent news surrounding the government’s management of the feed-in tariff and other subsidies, and how it’s time solar got off the government’s policy Ferris Wheel.
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.