Emma Hughes, Editor of Solar Power Portal, has resigned. After three years at the head of Solar Media’s UK editorial team, she is stepping down on September 7 to become Deputy Editor of Industrial Minerals at Euromoney.

A replacement has yet to be appointed but Hughes’ responsibilities will be taken over by News Editor Peter Bennett, supported by publisher David Owen, for the time being.

“Emma has done a tremendous job for the past three years at Solar Media,” said David Owen, “I have been very proud of how she has grown within the editorial team and have no doubt that she will be successful in her new position.

“Emma’s conscientious and professional approach will be missed in the team but I know that Peter will do a great job, in no small part due to Emma’s guidance.”

Hughes had held the position of editor of Solar Power Portal since the website first launched in 2010 and at the end of 2011 was also the launch editor of the bi-monthly Solar Business Focus UK magazine.  She has also been a strong supporter of the annual Solar Power UK event and was instrumental in establishing Solar Media’s position as the number one resource for solar news and information in the UK.

Hughes previously worked for leading international PV news site PV-Tech.org and was a regular contributor to the Photovoltaics International journal. Before that she worked as a freelance reporter for an online technology resource.

She said: “After three very busy years at the helm of Solar Power Portal I can look back and be really proud of what we have achieved, both within Solar Media and in the industry itself. Being a part of this exciting market has been a rollercoaster ride, but one that I have enjoyed immensely.

“It will certainly be hard to leave the UK solar industry behind, yet I am looking forward to the challenges awaiting me at Industrial Minerals.

“I wish Peter and the team all the best in the future. I am sure that Solar Media will go from strength to strength and I hope that everyone working to make the UK a greener place will keep up the good work.”