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...

“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...

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....

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 values...

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

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

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 September 6...

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 As...

Business rates hike threatens viability of rooftop solar

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has raised the alarm about a possible six- to eightfold rise on business rates for rooftop solar coming into...

UK to adopt 200MW of energy storage assets to stabilise the grid

Due to the increasing share of renewables in Britain’s generation mix, National Grid will contract 200MW of energy storage assets to stabilise the grid...

New efficiency record for large-area PV solar cell technology

Trina Solar, a global supplier of photovoltaic (PV) modules, solutions and services, announced in late April that its State Key Laboratory of PV Science...

New surveying service helps pinpoint faulty solar cells

Push Energy and Buzzflyer have joined forces to form Above Surveying, an aerial thermographic inspection service company specialising in solar PV. Above Surveying...

A solar Q&A for beginners

What are the types of photovoltaic panels and how do they differ? There are three basic types of photovoltaic panels: amorphous, polycrystalline and monocrystalline. The...

Navigating the post-subsidy landscape

An event organised by the Solar Trade Association (STA) in March brought together stakeholders in the sector to appraise the opportunities and threats for...

Carbon Connect responds to Government’s consultation to drastically reform the Renewable Heat Incentive

Public policy advisory body Carbon Connect has responded to the Government consultation to drastically reform the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) by calling instead for...

Somerset project demonstrates integration of energy storage with solar PV

On 7 January Renewable Energy Systems announced its first UK contract to build and support a battery energy storage system (BESS). This contract is...

UK marching against the tide on renewables policy, says UN chief scientist

The UN’s chief environmental scientist Professor Jacquie McGlade has criticised the UK government’s decision to cut subsidies for renewable energy while bolstering the oil...

Firm installs bee hives around solar farms

RENEWABLE energy investment firm Low Carbon has launched an initiative to promote greater biodiversity in Cornwall, Dorset and Suffolk. It has partnered with sustainability...

A bright future?

Is it time to get excited about solar? A panel debate in May provided a picture of the challenges and opportunities facing the sector...
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