Solar Power Portal caught up with Emma Bridge to talk about how the market has changed since the end of the FiT, the delays projects are facing due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and whether subsidy-free is a reality for community solar.
Solar Power Portal sat down with Ricardo Piñeiro, head of UK Solar at Foresight Group, to discuss the rise of subsidy free solar, the return of the contracts for difference auction (CfD), and the effect of the Targeted Charging Review (TCR).
Dave Ogden, managing director of ICP Smith Brothers, talked to Solar Power Portal about how subsidy free solar is changing the industry and what’s to come.
Regulatory uncertainty has “damaged” subsidy-free solar projects, the Solar Trade Association (STA) has said in response to Ofgem’s Decarbonisation Action Plan.
Gresham House is targeting subsidy-free solar with the acquisition of the Bumpers solar farm from developer Anesco.
Bluefield Solar Income Fund (BSIF) makes its first move of the year with the acquisitions of three operational UK solar farms.
NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF) has switched on its 50MWp subsidy-free Staughton solar farm as it continues its 150MWp push.
Public Power Solutions (PPS) has outlined plans to build a 1.4MWp subsidy-free solar farm in partnership with the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
A 36.6MW subsidy-free solar farm has gone into planning in Scotland as Green Energy International (GEI) announces a pipeline of over 700MW.
West Sussex County Council recently followed up Anesco's completion of the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm in September last year with its own, deploying 7.4MW alongside a battery to make the project viable. While some have argued the project offers little in discussions of the future solar landscape in the UK, local authority projects are being completed now and could bridge the gap in deployment until private investors get moving.
The UK’s second subsidy-free solar farm, and the first by a local authority using battery storage, has been completed by West Sussex County Council in a project that ticked “every box” and will generate significant income over the next 25 years.
‘Hybrid’ solar plus storage developments should become a key new area of interest for investors according to Anesco after the company’s subsidy-free solar project was used in the Balancing Mechanism (BM) for the first time last week.
BayWa r.e. has appointed former RES managing director Gordon MacDougall to head up its UK projects business as the company eyes the developing market for subsidy-free projects.
NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF) has placed subsidy-free solar developments in the UK firmly in its crosshairs following what it labelled as a “challenging” period for growth and expansion.
Wirsol Energy has taken a step closer to its 150MWp subsidy-free development plans after picking up the project rights to 47MWp of solar across two large-scale projects in Lincolnshire.
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.
Aberla’s new leadership is targeting significant growth in both solar and storage markets, considering the former to be at grid-parity and the latter to be “on the cusp of a boom”.
Plans for the largest solar farm in Scotland have been approved, allowing Elgin Energy to construct what is expected to be a subsidy-free 20MW development on the north coast.
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.
Hive Energy has revealed it is planning to build a solar farm in the UK without subsidy support next summer.
NextEnergy Solar Fund has announced its intention to develop subsidy-free solar in the UK by acquiring nearly 60MW of development projects.
Solar company Wirsol is to open an office in Australia and relocate some of its UK-based staff there after clinching what it has described as a “landmark” finance deal.