Liam Stoker offers his opinion on a Clean Growth Strategy that embraced renewables and changed BEIS’ rhetoric for the better, but cast solar into the long grass once again.
All low carbon technologies should be able to access the same markets and compete on an equal basis for contracts according to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), whose latest policy consultation flies in the face of the government’s Clean Growth Strategy (CGS).
The Confederation of British Industry has added to the growing number of bodies, associations and other third parties to call for the inclusion of mature technologies in future auctions.
Sadiq Khan has today opened London’s first community energy fund for solar projects, offering £400,000 over four years to support community energy groups overcome the challenges in getting project off the ground.
This morning the government’s long-awaited Clean Growth Strategy was finally published to a mixed response from the renewables lobby. Here we have collated some of the leading commentary so far.
The Solar Trade Association (STA) has responded strongly to a lack of solar policy announcements within today’s Clean Growth Strategy reveal, arguing that the government is “artificially holding back” the technology.
The UK solar industry has been made to wait on future government action after the long-awaited Clean Growth Strategy deferred relevant decisions for the technology until later this year.
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.
A collection of images from last night's Solar Power Portal Awards.
Battery vendors are being hit by a combination of rising prices for raw materials and continuing currency uncertainty, resulting in rapidly changing costs for businesses according to Easystart.
Energy storage could be considered the “great hope” for the renewable energy industry in Britain, according to the head of policy at the Renewable Energy Association (REA).
Vattenfall has heralded the success of its first co-located solar and wind energy park around 18 months after the 4.99MW solar farm in south Wales was commissioned.
Solar will not play a role in helping Wales meet its newly set target to generate 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, according to the first minister of Wales.
Visitors have just one week left to register before the doors open for this year’s Solar & Storage Live.
The Solar Trade Association (STA) is on the hunt for a new chief executive after announcing that Paul Barwell will step down after five years in the job.
Energy UK has urged Dieter Helm to acknowledge the cheapest forms of renewable electricity generation in his ongoing cost of energy review.
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.
Powering the UK on wind and solar is not only possible, but the “smart economic choice” according to a report which has condemned the future prospects of biomass in the country.
The UK’s legally binding carbon reduction targets should be brought forward if the country is to meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement, according to a new report from the Liberal Democrats.
The absence of central government leadership and national policy is holding back carbon reduction progress and renewable generation deployment, according to London’s deputy mayor for energy and the environment.
Varta Storage is poised to enter the UK and Ireland residential battery markets through a new exclusive deal with Waxman Energy, with global head Gordon Clements telling SPP the UK is “the next market that will start to open up” for the technology.
Ministers at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have ducked a series of questions surrounding the supposedly imminent publication of its delayed clean growth plan.
Solar installers have demanded a justification for the decision to more than double installation fees under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), which has been branded a “cash grab” that fails to deliver any additional value to businesses.
It’s now less than a month until the doors of Birmingham’s NEC open to visitors attending Solar & Storage Live, the UK’s flagship exhibition and conference for solar, storage and smart technology.
Irish solar developers will have to compete with other renewable energy technologies in large-scale auctions under government proposals unveiled yesterday, which also failed to offer concrete plans for support to rooftop solar.
New cost benefit analysis has claimed residential solar offers a win-win for Ireland’s households and its government in advance of the final publication of a consultation on the renewable energy support scheme.
The Microgeneration Certification Scheme has confirmed it is to more than double its installation fee for small-scale renewables from next month.
London’s solar strategy was finally published earlier this month with new measures including a reverse solar tender and support for community energy schemes at its heart. David Pratt sat down with Shirley Rodrigues, deputy mayor of London for energy and the environment, to discuss City Hall’s plans for solar.