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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.

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BEIS’ ministerial merry-go-round must grind to a stop

16 Jun 2017, 12:59 • By Liam Stoker
BEIS’ ministerial merry-go-round must grind to a stop

As BEIS prepares for its seventh energy minister in six years, Liam Stoker argues that as long as the government's ministerial merry-go-round continues the green economy is being taken for a ride.

Q&A: BayWa r.e.’s Oliver Niedhöfer on the trends affecting UK O&M

Sponsored Q&A: BayWa r.e.’s Oliver Niedhöfer on the trends affecting UK O&M

13 Jun 2017, 10:00
• By BayWa r.e. Operation Services

Oliver Niedhöfer has previously worked for the BayWa r.e. Group in various roles, more recently as head of international operations based in Munich. He recently joined the growing team at BayWa r.e. Operation Services in the UK. Oliver explains the challenges and opportunities of O&M services for large-scale PV and BayWa r.e.’s plans for the next few years in the UK.

The fast-moving pipeline of the UK’s grid-scale storage

The fast-moving pipeline of the UK’s grid-scale storage

8 Jun 2017, 12:51
• By Lauren Cook

With the UK’s Renewables Obligation (RO) now closed for large solar projects, energy storage takes the position of the most active sector in the UK energy market. As with any new technology, we have seen a lot of build up over the past few years, with much speculation about when the utility-scale market will take off, and how big it will be.

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How UK solar broke records last week

30 May 2017, 11:13 • By Liam Stoker
How UK solar broke records last week

Liam Stoker looks back at the contributing factors to UK solar's record-breaking half-hour last Friday as the industry sets its sights on further landmarks to come this summer.

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Energy storage and the UK industrial strategy: what’s next?

Energy storage and the UK industrial strategy: what’s next?

17 May 2017, 12:55
• By Ian Larive

When Theresa May announced there would be a general election on 8 June, you could forgive the public a weary sigh at the thought of a third trip to the ballot box in as many years. And you could forgive those of us in the battery storage sector for wondering whether an election campaign might slow the industry’s momentum.

Will the EU see RED over UK renewable energy?

Will the EU see RED over UK renewable energy?

7 Apr 2017, 16:32
• By David Pratt

Unverified news broke last week that government officials are working out how to ditch the UK’s renewable energy targets while remaining in Europe’s energy market. David Pratt looks at why Number 10 is pursuing this goal, and why the EU should hold it to account.