Rooftop solar installations are going ahead in the Republic of Ireland without subsidy, according to Swiss roof mountings manufacturer Schweizer, which has suggested a rooftop tariff may not be needed.
The UK solar industry has widely backed Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s new environment strategy, but stressed the need for national policy to support it.
A reverse solar auction is to be run for London homeowners under plans outlined by the mayor today, which place community energy schemes at the centre of City Hall’s plans while shutting the door once and for all on a rumoured London feed-in tariff.
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.
Elgin Energy has submitted plans for a subsidy free solar farm on the site of a former airfield in Scotland which if approved would see the site boast more than 50MW of capacity.
Irish solar will reach grid parity in less than a decade, according to predictions by the country’s transmission system operator, despite having no large scale ground mount solar currently installed.
A number of business units within UK renewables developer Lark Energy have been shuttered and a number of jobs lost following what it has described as a “re-organisation”.
The new BlackRock and Lightsource solar initiative will target both large and small portfolios on the UK secondary market as it opens its hefty cheque book.
UK solar jobs, turnover and operating companies all witnessed significant declines last year as a result of what the Renewable Energy Association has termed a Westminster policy ‘bonfire’.
Business secretary Greg Clark has unveiled the first phase of a £246 million investment in battery technology with the launch of the Faraday Challenge, designed to boost research and development and position the UK at the forefront of energy storage.
Regulations implemented earlier this year retroactively cutting tariffs under the Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) could create a legal precedent to reduce agreed support in schemes across the wider renewables sector.
Labour MP Rachel Reeves, widely tipped as one of the party’s rising stars, has been selected as chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee.
There is now more than 200MW of capacity within the residential solar feed-in tariff (FiT) cap as the regime enters the second half of its operation.
New energy minister Richard Harrington has once again raised the prospect of the inclusion of solar in future Contract for Difference (CfD) allocations, claiming no decisions have been made to exclude the technology from upcoming auctions.
NextEnergy Solar Fund has said it is preparing to capitalise on the “next stage of growth” in UK solar having enjoyed a “particularly pleasing” year.
The UK solar market is beginning to defy difficult conditions as developers emerge with new, post-subsidy models.
The government’s record on solar broke into the national election campaign last night when Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned cuts to feed-in tariffs which he said “destroyed and damaged” the industry.
The cost of installing domestic solar in the UK has charted an erratic path over the last year since feed-in tariff (FiT) cuts were enacted in January 2016, with a swing of almost £200 per kilowatt at various points.
The UK has rejoined the top ten most attractive countries for investment in renewables according to 'Big Four' consultancy EY’s latest index, marking the first increase in its placing since 2013.
The Aldersgate Group has renewed calls for subsidy-free Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions to be introduced.
The Green Party has pledged to kick-start solar and other renewable technologies with new support schemes as part of the creation of an “energy system fit for the 21st century” set out in its energy and the environment manifesto.
With the UK’s main political parties preparing to unveil their respective election manifestos, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has unveiled its own equivalent on behalf of the UK’s green economy.
ET Energy has announced it successfully built six solar farms totalling 26MWp in the UK prior to the closure of the Renewables Obligation on behalf of funds managed by Octopus Energy Investments.
London mayor Sadiq Khan’s has been urged to include special considerations for solar in his plans to launch an independent energy supplier for London.
UK solar developers are edging closer to deploying utility-scale solar without the need for subsidies, a panel of asset owners has said.
Any failure of the UK’s energy market to embrace the “rapidly changing” nature of generation and demand will lead to “intolerable outcomes” such as blackouts and brownouts, a new report from think-tank Green Alliance has warned.
The government must provide a route to market for ‘pot 1’, or established, technologies such as solar if it is to deliver decarbonisation at least cost to consumers, according to a new report from Energy UK.
‘Big Six’ utility firm E.on has announced its entrance to the UK’s solar and storage market with a new consumer-focused offering.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has reiterated its stance that the forthcoming emissions reduction plan will be published “as early as possible” despite prime minister Theresa May calling a snap election this morning.
West Sussex County Council is to invest up to £3 million in the roll-out of solar across schools in the region in a scheme intended to create new revenue for the council and save the schools millions.