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Solar Trade Association becomes Solar Energy UK

The UK’s solar industry body has today unveiled a comprehensive rebrand, including a new name and website and an annual impact report to demonstrate the value it has driven for its members. The organisation has represented solar in the UK for over 40 years as the Solar Trade Association, supporting the rise of two solar energy […]

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The future of domestic Solar PV?

“Let me just jump into this.” So began my conversation with Frank Averdung. Talking to me in front of a virtual backdrop at his office in Brandenberg, Germany, the Oxford PV CEO was cheerful and upbeat, and why wouldn’t he be? His company has just been awarded an €8.8 million from the German government to […]

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10-point plan – the takeaway points

Boris Johnson has outlined his eagerly awaited 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, but which areas affect you? Heat Pumps – so hot right now! The PM pledged to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028. Make no mistake, this is a massive win for installers and manufacturers alike, but it’s an ambitious […]

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Renewables tax reform could boost deployment and provide jobs

A coalition of trade associations representing major British industries including retail, property, construction and technology, has written to the Chancellor to ask that renewable energy technologies such as solar PV and battery storage be excepted from business rates to boost commercial deployment and provide much needed green jobs. [1] The STA estimates that excepting solar […]

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MCS launches new Solar PV Standard as domestic installations remain buoyant  

National certification scheme MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) has published a new update of their Solar PV Standard. The timely new standard comes as strong signs of recovery can be seen after a turbulent 18-months for Solar PV installers. The publication coincides with MCS reporting encouraging volumes of Solar PV installations despite the government closing the […]

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Solar PV forecast as cheapest power generating technology in UK

New Government figures indicate large-scale solar will be lowest cost deploy and maintain over the next two decades. New analysis on electricity generation costs published by the department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have marked large-scale solar PV as the outright cheapest electricity generating technology available in the coming years. For projects commissioning […]

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Solar panel installations to slash energy bills in Brighton

Brighton Council says that installations of solar panels on 500 households could help residents cut energy bills by up to £150 and reduce CO2 emissions by 300 tonnes every year. Chair of the housing committee, Gill Williams, said; “We know many residents struggle with energy costs and that can have a real impact on their […]

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UK’s largest solar park given green light

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has taken the decision to approve planning permission for Cleve Hill Solar Park, which is set to be the largest solar park ever constructed in the UK. The development is located approximately 2KM northeast of Faversham and will consist of 350MW solar photovoltaic array and electrical […]

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Cash flow and market recovery worries top MCS COVID-19 survey

Concerns about cash flow and the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have topped a survey of renewable energy installers by the MCS certification scheme. Of those surveyed, 90% had experienced a negative business impact due to Coronavirus with the remaining 10% citing a strong pipeline of existing jobs to sustain them during the crisis, […]

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UK solar peak generation record broken

Clear skies and cool temperatures have helped UK solar to break the all-time peak generation record. Around 12:30 on Monday 20 April 2020, a peak of 9.68GW was recorded by Sheffield Solar live PV generation tracker, surpassing the previous record of 9.55GW set on 13 May 2019. At the time of the peak, solar was […]

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