Well it’s been quite a ride over Christmas and New Year! Since we launched our latest series of community-owned solar PV projects we’ve raised £258,000 – and built one: 60kWp of new community-owned solar PV at Grand Parade at the University of Brighton. The next – 90kWp at the Lady Bee Business Centre in Shoreham Port – is due to start at the end of this month.
Brighton Energy Co-op 22nd Jan 2019 read more »
With budgets continuing to be slashed, one authority has plumped for solar-plus-storage to boost revenue. It is not the first time a U.K. council has decided to turn a landfill site into an income generating asset. Cambridgeshire County Council will use capped landfill sites in Woodston and Stanground – in Peterborough – to host solar-plus-storage sites, to generate new revenue. EPC company Bouygues E&S has suggested construction of a 2.25 MW solar array co-located with a 10 MW battery storage system at the Stanground landfill. At Woodston, Bouygues has proposed a 3 MW battery without solar. Both batteries would provide demand side response services to the national grid.
PV Magazine 22nd Jan 2019 read more »
Wood Mackenzie has predicted that the UK will join Europe’s “vanguard of subsidy-free utility-scale solar PV” in 2019 as project costs continue to fall. In a new report, authored by Wood Mackenzie analysts Tom Heggarty and Benjamin Attia, the consultancy firm has charted the top ten trends to watch in the year ahead and has predicted the UK to be among Europe’s leading adopters of subsidy-free PV developments in 2019. It points to a purported 2.3GW pipeline of projects that could be delivered, however Solar Media’s in-house market research team places its pipeline somewhat higher, at just shy of 3GW. Wood Mackenzie points to the corporate PPA market and rapidly declining project costs as the key drivers for the UK market in the coming 12 months, citing Lightsource BP’s 300MW-strong pipeline of PPA-backed projects.
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