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Observers respond to UK Government “Clean Growth Strategy” announcement

The UK Government has set out a new strategy that appears to outline how it will tackle climate change while driving economic growth. Announced on 12 October, …

STA launches ‘storage commitments’ for domestic providers

Industry urged to strive for quality to build consumer confidence The STA launched new guidelines for the domestic storage industry capturing current best …

Utility unveils largest solar panel project to date in the heart of Scotch whiskey country

In late September Scottish Water announced the completion of the utility’s largest solar panel scheme to date in Speyside (“Scotch whisky …

The life left in landfill: Veolia describes its recent stewardship of sites

Resource management firm Veolia has released information about its recent stewardship of landfill sites, supporting the claim that “there’s still life …

Polystyrene promising in research that could reduce the costs of next-generation solar panels

Researchers from The University of Manchester are investigating the use of polystyrene particles rather than expensive polymers to make the next generation of …

Trade group secures tax win for solar and batteries for householders

HMRC confirm 5% VAT for batteries when sold with a new solar system On 3 August the Solar Trade Association (STA) was celebrating securing a 5% rate of VAT on …

A fair wind for rural residents as island community looks forward to 24/7 electricity provision

It may be better known for woolly sweaters than renewable energy, but the most remote inhabited island in the UK is to finally receive round-the-clock …

Solar expansion at Southern Water

Southern Water will be harnessing sun-power by installing more than 15,000 solar panels at three of its sites to help protect the environment and save energy. …

Renewables cut Europe’s carbon emissions by 10% in 2015, says EEA report

Increasing use of renewables is translating directly into cuts in fossil fuel consumption in Europe, according to a report released on 4 April by the European …

Budget 2017 misses the mark on sustainability challenges, say industry groups

Responses to the Chancellor Philip Hammond’s 2017 Budget have so far been muted from professional groups and others working in the sustainability sphere. It …

Solar park in Swindon to power household waste recycling centre

Building work has started at Barnfield Solar Park, Swindon, which will be connected directly by private wire to the Swindon household waste recycling centre to …

Project aims to establish feasibility of solar-powered rail

Imperial College London and climate change charity 10:10 have teamed up to investigate the viability of using track-side solar panels to power trains, it was …

“Remove barriers for energy storage” solar trade body asks

Responding to Ofgem’s call for evidence on A Smart, Flexible Energy System, which closed on 12 January, the Solar Trade Association (STA) has called on the …

Big Brands say “Stop the Solar Tax Hike”

Over 160 NGOs, schools, academics, energy providers and public institutions ask the Chancellor to stop the proposed rise in business rates for solar panels Big …

Solar road surfacing solution to begin UK trials in 2017

Described as “the world’s first ever photovoltaic road surfacing material”, Colas’ Wattway will begin trialling in the UK next year, at up to three …

Lights out for PPA-funded solar

A detailed new analysis shows that the standard method for financing large scale solar PV schemes in the UK is no longer economically viable. An estimated …

2017 rateable values include unexpected business rates hike for solar rooftop

Business rates for ‘mainly export’ solar agreed with Valuations Office but concern over 6-8 fold tax hike for business solar rooftops The draft rateable …

Community energy retains overwhelming backing of uk public, and increased support among Conservative voters, survey finds

An overwhelming majority of the public would support local renewable energy projects, including wind turbines, if they were owned and controlled by the …

Scottish solar experts to gather at Edinburgh conference in September

Scottish Renewables’ first Solar Conference will be held in association with the Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research (SISER) in Edinburgh on …

Solar survey respondents reveal third of UK solar jobs lost – more losses expected

Comprehensive PWC and Solar Trade Association survey appears to show support for tax breaks to re-boot struggling UK solar sector as global market accelerates …

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