Developers of large scale solar farms are facing a 20% increase in planning fees after the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) chief planner confirmed changes days before Christmas.
Demand for solar PV among corporates remains above average despite Brexit uncertainty impacting the wider energy efficiency sector, the latest EEVS Insight report has found.
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.
The Scottish arm of the Solar Trade Association (STA) has expressed disappointment at the lack of measures to promote solar PV deployment in the Scottish Energy Strategy and has called for a dedicated solar strategy.
Three new directors have taken the reins of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and have immediately set to work on establishing a “new vision” for the scheme’s future.
With 2017 drawing to a close, Solar Power Portal recaps some of the most popular and important stories of the year. In the second of a series of articles in the lead up to Christmas, today we look at April, May and June.
Ofgem has published guidance outlining how developers and asset owners can add storage to their subsidised solar installations without losing accreditation to the Renewables Obligation (RO) and Feed-in Tariff (FiT).
With 2017 drawing to a close, Solar Power Portal recaps some of the most popular and important stories of the year. In the first of a series of articles in the lead up to Christmas, today we look at January, February and March.
Energy minister Richard Harrington has admitted that the government’s evidence base for arguing solar can be deployed without subsidy consists of just one solar farm.
Government policy and regulation offer the biggest barriers to the deployment of battery energy storage in the UK according to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Energy Storage, which claims 12GW of batteries could be deployed by 2021 under the right circumstances.
Rooftop solar installations on new build housing will be driven mostly by Scotland and London for the foreseeable future, with opportunities for PV limited to certain geographies.
Stuart Elmes, whose company Viridian Solar secured an exclusive supply deal with housebuilder Persimmon Homes earlier this month, discusses the opportunity for solar PV in the new-build housing market.
The Association of British Ports has set course to become one of the largest corporate solar power producers in the UK by adding a further 20MW of PV to its facilities.
Changes at the top of the Solar Trade Association have continued with the appointment of two new chairs at its Scotland office.
All London boroughs are to ensure that all developments “maximise the opportunities for on-site electricity” from solar in the latest move by mayor Sadiq Khan to promote the technology.
On-site energy storage is “the way that you make the subsidy free package work” for large scale solar according to climate change minister Claire Perry who has pointed to Anesco’s Clay Hill solar farm as proof of why the technology so longer needs financial support from tax payers.
The Green Investment Group has launched a pay-as-you-save service aimed at stimulating take up of renewables within public and private organisations.
The Solar Trade Association has announced that Chris Hewett will take the reins as the trade body’s new chief executive.
Yesterday afternoon chancellor Philip Hammond took to the despatch box to deliver the Autumn Budget. Amidst headline promises of stamp duty relief and fresh funding for driverless, electric vehicles, there were no major pledges relating to the energy market.
Ofgem has sought to reassure solar farm owners that it will not withdraw accreditation to subsidy schemes without having a good reason to do so as it continues to work on guidance for co-locating energy storage assets with solar.
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).
The UK’s solar market is set for a rebound in the coming years but will lose ground to the rest of Europe as a result of government policy decisions, leading consultancy EY has concluded.
Liam Stoker takes a look at the acronym-tastic review of energy costs, led by Dieter Helm, which recommended, among more than 60 other things, the phasing out of CfDs and the introduction of equivalent firm power auctions.
Ofgem has argued that competitive auctions for established renewables could still be beneficial to the UK power market.
Renewable generation set a new record in the UK throughout Q2 2017, however there have been repeated warnings for government as solar deployment continued to falter.
Dieter Helm has recommended that feed-in tariffs and Contracts for Difference auctions be phased out and merged into a single, unified Equivalent Firm Power (EFP) auction to better reflect costs associated with intermittency.
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.
The domestic renewables sector is split over the outcome of Dieter Helm’s forthcoming cost of energy review, with some dismissing its relevance to the industry.
New build housing developers are in need of a re-education if they are to realise the benefits that solar and storage installations pose for their projects.
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.