Blogs

The hidden cause of module degradation and how to avoid it in your future deployments

Sponsored The hidden cause of module degradation and how to avoid it in your future deployments

20 Sep 2017, 10:12
• By DuPont

Falling system prices have been a key driver of PV's recent growth and competitiveness, but upfront costs are only one part of the equation for long-term profitability within the solar power industry. Maximising any given system’s cumulative power output over its lifetime is critical to lowering the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) and maximising investment returns.

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Q&A: Emma Bridge, CEO of Community Energy England, on London’s draft environmental strategy

Q&A: Emma Bridge, CEO of Community Energy England, on London’s draft environmental strategy

19 Sep 2017, 11:04
• By David Pratt

Last month London’s City Hall launched a consultation on its draft environmental strategy, which included a solar action plan to be driven largely by community energy initiatives. Solar Power Portal spoke to Emma Bridge, CEO of Community Energy England and one of the judges of the upcoming Solar Power Portal Awards, to find out her thoughts on Sadiq Khan’s plans for London.

Editor's blog
UK post-subsidy solar sites revealed as pipeline exceeds 3.5GW

UK post-subsidy solar sites revealed as pipeline exceeds 3.5GW

6 Sep 2017, 11:27
• By Finlay Colville

The UK's post-subsidy solar project pipeline now stands at more than 3.5GW. Finlay Colville, head of market research at SPP's publisher Solar Media, provides an overview of these projects, their locations and likely funding models as our most recent pipeline report is released in full.

Guest blog
Aesthetics growing in appeal for rooftop solar

Sponsored Aesthetics growing in appeal for rooftop solar

31 Aug 2017, 16:50
• By Martyn Johnson

Rooftop solar is in demand as homeowners seek to boost energy performance and reduce their carbon footprint. As Schweizer’s sales manager for UK and Ireland Martyn Johnson reports, aesthetic appeal is becoming a big driver.

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Who will win the UK secondary solar race?

29 Aug 2017, 12:48 • By Liam Stoker
Who will win the UK secondary solar race?

As secondary market deals continue at apace, Liam Stoker looks at recent moves from the likely players and wonders who might emerge from the UK secondary solar market boom on top.

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Guest blog

Fire safety risks – and their solutions – in solar PV

15 Aug 2017, 08:24 • By Lior Handelsman
Fire safety risks – and their solutions – in solar PV

Lior Handelsman, VP of marketing & product strategy and founder at inverter manufacturer SolarEdge, discusses solar’s excellent fire safety record and what installers need to be aware of in light of recent reports.

Editor's blog
Utility scale pipeline offers a diverse future for UK storage

Utility scale pipeline offers a diverse future for UK storage

10 Aug 2017, 09:33
• By Lauren Cook

As the future of UK storage regulation begins to take shape, the pipeline of utility scale projects has continue to grow and now stands at 3.5GW. Lauren Cook, analyst for Solar Media's in-house market research team, identifies the key trends that have emerged and what the future of UK grid scale storage looks like.

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Community solar is getting its groove back

7 Aug 2017, 11:58 • By Amanda Lennon
Community solar is getting its groove back

Following a difficult two years at the hands of policy upheaval, confidence is returning to a community energy sector which has its eyes set very firmly on the future. Amanda Lennon examines just where that future might take community solar as the sector celebrates Community Energy Fortnight.

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Editor's blog

Gigawatts of subsidy-free solar farms being planned for UK market rebound

3 Aug 2017, 08:58 • By Finlay Colville
Gigawatts of subsidy-free solar farms being planned for UK market rebound

Solar Media's head of market research Finlay Colville delves back into the UK's vast network of planning portals to uncover the incredible scope of subsidy-free solar farms entering the planning phase, and discusses their build potential as UK solar enters its next phase.

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A solar strategy worth waiting for

28 Jul 2017, 16:34 • By Steve Mack
A solar strategy worth waiting for

As London mayor Sadiq Khan prepares to launch his environment strategy this month, Low Carbon's head of Investments Steve Mack discusses the potential for solar in the capital and what the mayor needs to do to ensure London becomes a global leader in the use of renewable energy.

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How UK solar and storage could benefit from the Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan

25 Jul 2017, 08:42 • By Liam Stoker
How UK solar and storage could benefit from the Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan

Yesterday the government and Ofgem published its strategy for a modernised, smart and flexible power system, the result of its eagerly anticipated response to last year’s Smart Power Call for Evidence. Solar Power Portal picks through the document to assess how the domestic solar and storage industries may benefit.

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The independent revival of UK solar

4 Jul 2017, 12:49 • By Liam Stoker
The independent revival of UK solar

On Solar Independence Day, Liam Stoker looks at how the industry is enjoying a revival independent from government-backed incentives.