Utility scale pipeline offers a diverse future for UK storage

As the future of UK storage regulation begins to take shape, the pipeline of utility scale projects has continue to grow and now stands at 3.5GW. Lauren Cook, analyst for Solar Media’s in-house market research team, identifies the key trends that have emerged and what the future of UK grid scale storage looks like.

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Britain’s flexibility strategy: A game changer or simply warm words?

In the UK, a new, quarter of a billion-pound innovation competition for batteries has been launched, while plans for overhaul of the energy sector promising a “determined, joined-up, far-sighted and deliberate approach from government” appear to have been met with relish by the industry. Consultant Robert Ede goes beyond headlines to look at what this might really mean in practical terms.

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Community solar is getting its groove back

Following a difficult two years at the hands of policy upheaval, confidence is returning to a community energy sector which has its eyes set very firmly on the future. Amanda Lennon examines just where that future might take community solar as the sector celebrates Community Energy Fortnight.

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Gigawatts of subsidy-free solar farms being planned for UK market rebound

Solar Media’s head of market research Finlay Colville delves back into the UK’s vast network of planning portals to uncover the incredible scope of subsidy-free solar farms entering the planning phase, and discusses their build potential as UK solar enters its next phase.

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The UK government is suddenly showing signs that it gets it

Stuart Elmes, CEO at Viridian Solar and director at the Solar Trade Association, gives his two cents on this week’s long-awaited announcements from the government and Ofgem.

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How UK solar and storage could benefit from the Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan

Yesterday the government and Ofgem published its strategy for a modernised, smart and flexible power system, the result of its eagerly anticipated response to last year’s Smart Power Call for Evidence. Solar Power Portal picks through the document to assess how the domestic solar and storage industries may benefit.

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The independent revival of UK solar

On Solar Independence Day, Liam Stoker looks at how the industry is enjoying a revival independent from government-backed incentives.

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The Empire Strikes Back: Britain’s solar revival

Today the UK celebrates Solar Independence Day. Liam Stoker looks at how the market is bouncing back from subsidy cuts.

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The fast-moving pipeline of the UK’s grid-scale storage

With the UK’s Renewables Obligation (RO) now closed for large solar projects, energy storage takes the position of the most active sector in the UK energy market. As with any new technology, we have seen a lot of build up over the past few years, with much speculation about when the utility-scale market will take off, and how big it will be.

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Solar set for more records, but only if it’s allowed to do so

Liam Stoker takes a look at recent reports of record solar generation in the UK amidst more concerning stories of grid constraints causing the technology to be switched off for long periods of time this summer.

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How UK solar broke records last week

Liam Stoker looks back at the contributing factors to UK solar’s record-breaking half-hour last Friday as the industry sets its sights on further landmarks to come this summer.

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