Renewables – solar

Two months ago, One Home launched to increase awareness of climate change and accelerate the transition to net zero carbon emissions. As the UK’s first clean technology and adaptation platform we cover a wide range of topics but already what has become abundantly clear, is how popular solar energy is with consumers. The One Home website analytics, social media results, survey responses and interview questions I receive all strongly feature solar energy. Solar power is the most popular form of energy generation with support at an amazingly high 87% amongst the general public. In addition, the trend in smart homes is also leading to renewed interest in solar. One survey concluded that 44% of the public want solar panels with storage on their homes by 2020.

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Global solar capacity is expected to pass the one terawatt mark by 2023, although recent policy changes in China have led to a significant downgrade of installation forecasts in the short term, according to the latest quarterly PV market trends report by gtmresearch. Released yesterday, The Solar Market Outlook Update for Q2 report estimates the three key markets of China, India, and Japan will account for the largest chunk of the global solar market through to 2023, with Asia as a whole accounting for at least 50 per cent.

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Chinese researchers have taken what they say is a major step forward for the development of a new generation of solar cells. Manufacturers have long used silicon to make solar panels because the material was the most efficient at converting sunlight into electricity. But organic photovoltaics, made from carbon and plastic, promise a cheaper way of generating electricity. This new study shows that organics can now be just as efficient as silicon. What are organic solar cells? The term organic relates to the fact that carbon-based materials are at the heart of these devices, rather than silicon. The square or rectangular solid solar panels that most of us are familiar with, require fixed installation points usually on roofs or in flat fields. Organic photovoltaics (OPV) can be made of compounds that are dissolved in ink so they can be printed on thin rolls of plastic, they can bend or curve around structures or even be incorporated into clothing.

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What is thought to be the largest solar project purely for self-consumption on the island of Ireland has been brought online to power Dale Farm’s cheddar cheese plant in County Tyrone. The Northern Ireland-based dairy cooperative began planning the 5MW solar farm in 2016 with developer CES Energy, which has now successfully connected the site directly to the network of its facility in at Dunmanbridge, Cookstown. The project, which guarantees 20 years of green energy for the company, is expected to reduce Dale Farm’s carbon footprint by 20% while delivering multimillion-pound savings in energy costs.

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One of the largest solar farms under local authority ownership is proving to have been a successful investment after generating more than £1.3 million of income in its second year. Forest Heath District Council spent almost £14.5 million on the 12.4MW Toggam Farm solar project in 2016, which performed marginally better than expected in its first year. The local authority has now revealed that in the 12 months to July 2018 this was repeated after the site generated 12,258MWh, over 600MWh more than estimated.

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Published: 10 August 2018