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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.

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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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In conversation: Kilian Pender, founder of Greenstone Finance and CEO of the Green Deal

In conversation: Kilian Pender, founder of Greenstone Finance and CEO of the Green Deal

27 Mar 2017, 17:13
• By David Pratt

Since the news broke in January that the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) had been privatised, industry has been waiting for the new and improved Green Deal to appear. David Pratt sits down with Kilian Pender, founder and chief executive of Greenstone Finance, to discuss the future of the scheme and why a history of failures won't repeat itself.

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Crowdcube, a failed solar installer, and the missing £1 million

14 Mar 2017, 11:00 • By Liam Stoker
Crowdcube, a failed solar installer, and the missing £1 million

When The Solar Cloth Company collapsed in June last year, it took with it nearly £1 million of crowd-funded finance. Liam Stoker investigates how this came to pass and potential failures within Crowdcube’s consumer protections.

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UK solar; the view from Europe

10 Mar 2017, 11:46 • By Liam Stoker
UK solar; the view from Europe

Fresh from the SolarPower Europe summit in Brussels this week, Liam Stoker reflects on how the UK solar sector is viewed from across the channel these days.

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Budget 2017: does it offer anything for the green economy?

Budget 2017: does it offer anything for the green economy?

8 Mar 2017, 14:50
• By David Pratt

David Pratt outlines what chancellor Philip Hammond's first (and last) spring budget offered to the low carbon community, paving the way for what should be a meatier autumn statement.