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Inside Clay Hill, the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm

27 Sep 2017, 15:33 • By Liam Stoker
Inside Clay Hill, the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm

Liam Stoker reports from Clay Hill Solar Farm, the first solar project to be built in the UK without subsidy support, and discovers how the solar-plus-storage facility was energised.

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Community solar is getting its groove back

7 Aug 2017, 11:58 • By Amanda Lennon
Community solar is getting its groove back

Following a difficult two years at the hands of policy upheaval, confidence is returning to a community energy sector which has its eyes set very firmly on the future. Amanda Lennon examines just where that future might take community solar as the sector celebrates Community Energy Fortnight.

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Crowdcube, a failed solar installer, and the missing £1 million

14 Mar 2017, 11:00 • By Liam Stoker
Crowdcube, a failed solar installer, and the missing £1 million

When The Solar Cloth Company collapsed in June last year, it took with it nearly £1 million of crowd-funded finance. Liam Stoker investigates how this came to pass and potential failures within Crowdcube’s consumer protections.

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PV in Ireland: looking back, and forward

PV in Ireland: looking back, and forward

15 Dec 2016, 14:56
• By Lauren Cook

Following a year in which much progress has been made, Lauren Cook recaps a productive 2016 for the Irish solar market and casts her eyes forward at 2017.

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Unlocking the EV market

1 Dec 2016, 10:31 • By David Pratt
Unlocking the EV market

As year on year sales of electric vehicles increase, the technology is forecast to experience a significant boom in the coming years. With charging infrastructure need to support deployment, David Pratt looks at the emerging market for charge points, and how installers can get involved.

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Ireland unlocked

29 Sep 2016, 08:42 • By Lauren Cook
Ireland unlocked

Lauren Cook, analyst at Solar Market Research, discusses the nascent Irish solar market and answers some of the industry’s most frequently asked questions regarding opportunities on the Emerald Isle.

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Editor's blog

How to avoid a flat battery market

26 Aug 2016, 15:36 • By Liam Stoker
How to avoid a flat battery market

As electrical contractors and installers flock to the burgeoning storage market, there are warnings over mis-selling, training and calls for clarity over required filings. Liam Stoker reports.

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Attack of the drones

Attack of the drones

17 Aug 2016, 14:53
• By Will Hitchcock

Will Hitchcock, managing director at Push Energy aerial O&M JV Above Surveying, looks into how drones have become a staple in the monitoring of solar parks in the UK.

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Twelve tips to successful diversification

11 Aug 2016, 10:08 • By Chris Jardine
Twelve tips to successful diversification

Chris Jardine, technical director at Joju Solar, discusses how renewables installers can best diversify in the current climate and notes some particular pitfalls to avoid.