Q&A: Frans van den Heuvel on five years at Solarcentury

Earlier this month Solarcentury chief Frans van den Heuvel became the fifth recipient of the Solar Power Portal Awards’ outstanding achievement accolade. We caught up with Frans to discuss his five years at the helm of one of the UK solar industry’s stalwarts and what the future might hold for the firm.

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Q&A: Wattstor on the SPP Award-winning residential, C&I energy storage project for a care home

An ambitious project to convert the “grey fleet” of a care home for old folk in Scotland to a sustainable “green fleet”, using solar PV and battery energy storage, was winner of the Residential, Commercial and Industrial-scale Storage Project category at last week’s Solar Power Portal Awards. Andy Colthorpe spoke with the project’s senior design engineer, Jonothan Oxford of Wattstor.

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What we learned from Solar & Storage Live 2017

Last week’s Solar & Storage Live saw the UK’s entire supply chain descend on Birmingham’s NEC for three days of industry leading and thought provoking discussions, business brokering and a few celebrations here of there. Liam Stoker summarises some of the things we picked up from the show floor this year.

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Household energy storage batteries: Myths and realities

Managing director of UK energy storage manufacturer Powerflow, Ian Murray, addresses some FAQs on what consumers should be asking about battery system before buying them for their houses.

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Inside Clay Hill, the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm

Liam Stoker reports from Clay Hill Solar Farm, the first solar project to be built in the UK without subsidy support, and discovers how the solar-plus-storage facility was energised.

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UK large-scale pipeline approaches 4GW level as new 300MW site moves closer to planning

Finlay Colville, head of market research at Solar Media, discusses how a 300MW solar farm, nearly four-times the current largest in the UK, is nearing planning, pushing the country’s large-scale pipeline towards 4GW.

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Q&A: Emma Bridge, CEO of Community Energy England, on London’s draft environmental strategy

Last month London’s City Hall launched a consultation on its draft environmental strategy, which included a solar action plan to be driven largely by community energy initiatives. Solar Power Portal spoke to Emma Bridge, CEO of Community Energy England and one of the judges of the upcoming Solar Power Portal Awards, to find out her thoughts on Sadiq Khan’s plans for London.

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Who will win the UK secondary solar race?

As secondary market deals continue at apace, Liam Stoker looks at recent moves from the likely players and wonders who might emerge from the UK secondary solar market boom on top.

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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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