NextEnergy Solar Fund has accelerated its timeline for developing subsidy-free solar in the UK, committing to completing four such projects over the next 12 months.
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.
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.
Solar power contributed 17% of total renewable energy generation in Q3 2017 totalling 3.2TWh, according to the latest report from energy monitoring firm EnAppSys.
Soaring generation from the UK’s solar assets sent UK power demand to a new low last month, according to data compiled by monitoring firm EnAppSys.
Widespread curtailment of solar generators that had been planned for the Isle of Wight between July and October will be largely avoided following intense negotiations between SSE and a consortium of affected generators on the island.
The European renewables lobby has leapt to the defence of the sector, warning that a withdrawal of priority dispatch for renewables would be counterproductive.
Solar is set to play a prominent role in future energy systems, according to the chief executive of French power company Engie.
Renewables energy generation records have tumbled once more in the UK as low carbon electricity sources outperformed fossil fuels for the first time ever.
A coalition of generators affected by outages on the Isle of Wight has released a statement revealing that a number of assets were fully curtailed for almost the majority of April after SSEN provided just two months’ notice of the disconnection.
The Solar Trade Association (STA) has strengthened its policy development team as it moves to ready itself for the “pivotal moment” of a new government and the looming Brexit negotiations.
Liam Stoker looks back at the contributing factors to UK solar's record-breaking half-hour last Friday as the industry sets its sights on further landmarks to come this summer.
Solar farms on the Isle of Wight are set for a summer of rolling constraint periods while Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) and National Grid conduct work on the island’s infrastructure, SPP can reveal.
The UK’s energy market is braced for a potential new record for solar generation this weekend as industry professionals raise the prospect of negative pricing.
Western Power Distribution (WPD) has launched a consultation seeking views on the potential growth of energy storage on its distribution network after receiving an ‘unprecedented’ 8GW of applications in the last 18 months.
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 UK’s suite of renewables set new records last weekend as the country basked in unseasonably bright conditions for much of Sunday.
UK electricity prices tumbled last month as the peak-flattening effect of the country’s solar capacity occurred earlier than usual, according to monitoring and data firm S&P Global Platts.
Transmission system demand on Saturday afternoon dipped below overnight demand for the first time in the UK’s history, with increased solar generation the root cause.
Trade associations have warned that small-scale renewables are once again “in the firing line” with proposed reforms to embedded benefits.
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.
Imperial College London is investigating the potential of track-side solar panels to power trains.
Liam Stoker responds to one Ofgem official's disparaging comments regarding renewables, and the spin some national newspapers have afforded them.
Storage projects have landed more than 3.2GW of contracts in the provisional Capacity Market auction results, around 500MW of which has been allocated to new-build battery storage projects.
Energy secretary Greg Clark has admitted that fears over solar PV’s intermittent generation and the impact it would have on the grid were “overblown”.
Battery storage has dominated the outcome of the National Grid’s 200MW Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) tender, with the technology to be used for balancing services at grid scale for the first time in the UK.