Net zero can be a catalyst for subsidy-free solar, Foresight says
The UK’s net zero law stands to create a “supportive environment” that could act as a catalyst for subsidy-free solar developments, Foresight Solar Fund has said.
Pan-European secondary solar market set for ‘exciting times’ as growth, O&G interest set to continue
The continued growth of the secondary solar market on a pan-European scale will result in “exciting times” for the sector, but big utilities are unlikely to stay on the sidelines.
European solar finance community gathers to plot PV’s post-subsidy course
Representatives of some of solar PV’s leading European finance houses will meet in London this week as the continent’s solar industry inches ever closer to grid-parity.
Revealing the true UK large-scale solar farm pipeline for 2019
Finlay Colville, head of market research at Solar Media, delves into the UK large-scale solar pipeline to reveal what really could be built over the next 12 months.
Greencoat lands trio of UK solar farms to take portfolio beyond 600MW
Greencoat Solar has added a further 60MW to its portfolio with a new acquisition, taking its total installed capacity above 600MW.
NTR secures £207 million from financial giants to power renewables spree
NTR has landed €229 million (£207 million) in commitments for its second renewable energy income fund, attracting interest from some of Europe’s biggest financial powerhouses.
Lightsource BP confirms UK’s ‘biggest ever’ subsidy-free solar deal with Budweiser brewer
Lightsource BP has confirmed that it has clinched a deal with Budweiser brewer AB InBev to develop and operate PPA-backed, subsidy-free solar farms.
UK solar costs plummeting beyond forecasts, as cheap as £40/MWh by 2030
Large-scale solar deployment in the UK is set to re-ignite next year as the technology continues to beat all previous cost estimates and could be as cheap as £40 per megawatt hour by 2030, the Solar Trade Association has said.
Exclusive: Lightsource BP to develop 300MW PPA-backed solar pipeline
Lightsource BP is to deploy more than 300MW of utility-scale solar farms backed by power purchase agreements in the UK, Solar Power Portal can reveal.
£450 million Cleve Hill solar farm submits DCO application with reduced scale
Hive Energy and Wirsol have submitted their application to develop their planned nationally significant solar farm, Cleve Hill, albeit on a slightly reduced scale to that originally proposed.
Site acquisition to dominate UK solar in 2018 across completed and consented assets
Finlay Colville, head of Solar Media’s Market Research division, takes a look at some of the emerging trends to look for in UK solar in 2018, and what they mean for the country’s largest asset holders.
Q&A: Tony Dalwood, chief executive of Gresham House, on the purchase of Hazel Capital
Last week, renewables developer and investor Hazel Capital was acquired by Gresham House. Tony Dalwood, chief executive of the asset management group, explains to Solar Power Portal what the acquisition means for both Gresham House and Hazel Capital; what projects will be brought forward from the existing pipeline; and what uncertainties lay ahead for UK energy storage.
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.
UK post-subsidy solar sites revealed as pipeline exceeds 3.5GW
The UK’s post-subsidy solar project pipeline now stands at more than 3.5GW. Finlay Colville, head of market research at SPP’s publisher Solar Media, provides an overview of these projects, their locations and likely funding models as our most recent pipeline report is released in full.
Who owns the UK’s 12GW of solar? Part two
Solar Media’s head of market research Finlay Colville concludes his two-part breakdown of who owns the UK’s entire cumulative solar PV capacity.
Who owns the UK’s 12GW of solar? Part one
In a set of two blogs to be featured this week on Solar Power Portal, Finlay Colville provides the first ever full breakdown of who owns the UK’s entire cumulative solar PV capacity, deployed as of the end of 2016, adding up to about 12GW of capacity.
Five talking points from Solar Finance & Investment Europe 2017
Liam Stoker recaps five of the key themes that were discussed during this week’s Solar Finance & Investment Europe conference, including how much UK solar capacity is up for grabs, Brexit, storage and where the smart money is going next.
Are energy giants priming to take a slice of UK solar?
As UK Solar’s build-phase approaches a hibernation, services such as optimisation and O&M are all the rage. This is seemingly not lost on some energy giants who are beginning to position themselves to cater for such demand. Are they set to take more than their fair share of the pie? Liam Stoker discusses.
Q&A: Ricardo Piñeiro, head of UK solar at Foresight Group
Liam Stoker talks to Ricardo Piñeiro, head of UK solar at Foresight Group, about the future of the UK secondary market, how the result of the Brexit referendum could impact upon it, and how Foresight operates its assets after acquiring them.
Renewables can be the ace industry up Hammond’s sleeve
Liam Stoker analyses why in the UK’s renewables sector, chancellor Philip Hammond has an industry that can survive and flourish in a post-Brexit Britain as long as he is prepared to support it in Wednesday’s Autumn Statement.