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STA comments on government response to CCC report

The Government has published its response to the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) 2020 Progress Report to Parliament, in which it revealed plans for a “comprehensive” Net Zero Strategy in the lead up to COP26. [1] The response earmarks a number of policy changes in 2020, including reopening Contracts for Difference to solar and onshore […]

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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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STA calls for 2030 solar target

The STA is calling for the government to commit to a target of 40GW of solar capacity by 2030, in a letter to Alok Sharma, Secretary of State of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and has published a new policy paper which outlines how this can be achieved, and contribute to the green recovery. STA […]

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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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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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Smart Export Guarantee

The Solar Trade Organisation has welcomed the introduction of the Smart Export Guarantee as a much-needed boost to the domestic solar PV market. Effective from January 1, large energy suppliers are now obligated to offer a tariff for power exports from renewables systems smaller than 5MW. The SEG also plugs a nine-month policy gap that […]

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Solar Keymark MID recategorisation

From Monday 24 February, a change to categories on the MCS Installation Database (MID) will go live affecting the way that Solar Keymark products are displayed and selected, and the way that Installer certification is shown. Solar Keymark will no longer appear as a technology type. Instead, these products will be categorised as ‘Solar Thermal’, […]

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BayWa r.e. on track to construct Europe’s largest floating solar farm  

Bomhofsplas solar farm

Global renewable energy developer, service provider and distributor BayWa r.e. is currently constructing its largest ever floating solar farm. Once complete, the 27.4MWp Bomhofsplas solar farm will be the world’s largest floating PV installation outside of China.  The project, in partnership with Zimmermann PV-Stahlbau GmbH, is being built on a sandpit lake in Zwolle in the Netherlands. Once complete it will consist of […]

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