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How post-subsidy UK solar will benefit from next-generation PV modules

16 Oct 2017, 08:12 • By Finlay Colville
How post-subsidy UK solar will benefit from next-generation PV modules

Ahead of next month’s PV ModuleTech conference in Kuala Lumpur, Solar Media’s head of market research Finlay Colville examines the technology trends UK developers will have to get to grips with if they’re to take advantage of the post-subsidy environment in the UK.

Q&A: Wattstor on the SPP Award-winning residential, C&I energy storage project for a care home

Q&A: Wattstor on the SPP Award-winning residential, C&I energy storage project for a care home

12 Oct 2017, 17:27
• By Andy Colthorpe

An ambitious project to convert the “grey fleet” of a care home for old folk in Scotland to a sustainable “green fleet”, using solar PV and battery energy storage, was winner of the Residential, Commercial and Industrial-scale Storage Project category at last week’s Solar Power Portal Awards. Andy Colthorpe spoke with the project's senior design engineer, Jonothan Oxford of Wattstor.

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What we learned from Solar & Storage Live 2017

9 Oct 2017, 12:34 • By Liam Stoker
What we learned from Solar & Storage Live 2017

Last week’s Solar & Storage Live saw the UK’s entire supply chain descend on Birmingham’s NEC for three days of industry leading and thought provoking discussions, business brokering and a few celebrations here of there. Liam Stoker summarises some of the things we picked up from the show floor this year.

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Household energy storage batteries: Myths and realities

Household energy storage batteries: Myths and realities

2 Oct 2017, 11:56
• By Ian Murray

Managing director of UK energy storage manufacturer Powerflow, Ian Murray, addresses some FAQs on what consumers should be asking about battery system before buying them for their houses.

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Inside Clay Hill, the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm

27 Sep 2017, 15:33 • By Liam Stoker
Inside Clay Hill, the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm

Liam Stoker reports from Clay Hill Solar Farm, the first solar project to be built in the UK without subsidy support, and discovers how the solar-plus-storage facility was energised.

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.