The UK solar industry will see a familiar face leading on UK energy policy after ex-energy minister Andrea Leadsom returned to to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to succeed Greg Clark as energy secretary.
Solar Power Portal speaks to Solarcentury chief executive Frans van den Heuvel and strategy director David Edwards about subsidy-free solar in the UK, battery storage and what advice it might have for a future government.
Few could fault the government for rallying behind clean energy funding where others demur but are vague or localised measures enough for a world with 12 years left to limit global warming?
Regulation and policy decisions are the biggest barriers to UK energy storage and are in need of significant changes, says industry experts.
Residential solar installations slide to just 3.6MW in April 2019, the first month following the closure of the feed-in tariff.
Regulation changes are forcing solar developers to out-source staff needed to complete projects, says energy consultancy Roadnight Taylor.
Energy minister Claire Perry is to take a leave of absence, with universities minister Chris Skidmore fulfilling her duties in the interim.
Ofgem’s Targeted Charging Review (TCR) proposals could delay the onset of subsidy-free solar in the UK by as much as five years, new research by Aurora Energy Research has found.
HM Revenue & Custom proposals to increase VAT on solar panels will hinder the country’s progress towards a net zero economy, Committee on Climate Change (CCC) chief Chris Stark has said.
Solar Media's in-house editorial team highlights five key themes that emerged from last week's Energy Storage Summit 2019, which took place at a crucial time for the industry.
The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is to launch a new certification scheme for battery energy storage systems.
UK renewables groups have lobbied together to urge Ofgem to rethink ‘unfair’ network charging reforms which could nudge renewables and flexibility projects towards failure.
Small-scale solar PV installations have maintained their priority dispatch rights in Europe after a vote by European Union Member States last week.
The business, energy and industrial strategy select committee has ratcheted up the pressure on the government to “urgently” clarify its position on rooftop solar.
The government has heard industry concerns over the future of the export tariff "loud and clear", but did admit there is “no new news” on inclusion of solar into the Contracts for Difference auctions or the future of small scale renewables.
Solar developers could be offered ‘time-profiled’ grid access during daylight hours to suit the generation profiles of their sites under a planned shake-up of the distribution network access and charging arrangements.
The government has confirmed it will close the small-scale feed-in tariff (FiT) on 31 March 2019 as planned and, crucially, close the export tariff to new installations at the same time.
After Claire Perry said she expects some "really positive" outcomes from the forthcoming solar strategy, Liam Stoker looks back at some of the other claims made by energy ministers and secretaries and explains why the department can ill afford another misstep.
The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) has completed its long-awaited novation process, and its new board of directors have immediately set sight on evolving the scheme.
Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN) has relaxed restrictions it attached to new solar projects following successful lobbying by the Solar Trade Association’s Scotland team.
Nearly £60 million of taxpayer money has been used by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to settle claims it unlawfully adjusted the solar feed-in tariff in 2011, Solar Power Portal can reveal.
Heavyweights from the property and construction industries have written to the government urging it to ‘raise the bar’ on environmental standards in new buildings.
Five solar installers are celebrating after they reached an out of court settlement for damages following the government’s unlawful changes to the feed-in tariff in 2011.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has strongly rebuked the government for its treatment of the domestic solar industry.
Centrica has said it has been forced to scale back its domestic solar business amidst growing uncertainty surrounding the feed-in tariff.
Subsidy-free solar is viable in the UK just as long as government “gets out of the way”, a panel at this morning’s Solar Finance and Investment Europe event has concluded.
After eight quarters of deployment under the revised feed-in tariff scheme, solar PV continues to deploy at around half the level government expected it to, recent statistics have revealed.
UK households with solar PV look set to pay increased network charges in the future after Ofgem provided an update on its targeted charging review earlier this evening (6 November 2017).
Leading trade bodies from the UK’s renewables sector have united to form the Smart Power Industries Alliance (SPIA) in a bid to support the transition to a smarter, more agile power system.
Ofgem and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are planning to publish their response to the smart power call for evidence (CFE) in late May or early June, according to the regulator’s Andrew Burgess.