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4kW solar systems and smaller proving most popular in UK market

January 25, 2013
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Weekly figures detailing the number and size range of solar panel installations from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) paint a fascinatingly clear picture of where interest lies when it comes to installing a solar system. Systems whose rated capacity is 4 kilowatts-peak (kWp) or smaller dominate the UK solar market–out of the total 1,528 [...]

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The next stage in European solar power: A boom in subsidy-free solar?

January 23, 2013
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Europe has seen massive uptake of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the past few years. At the helm has been Germany, whose EEG legislation has paved the way for a world-leading rate of uptake for solar panels in the country. Others–Italy, Spain, and France, among others–are also doing well thanks to government support for renewables. All the [...]

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Solar power & renewables get unwarranted bad rap from UK media

December 5, 2012
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The UK media do not share the same enthusiasm for solar power and renewables as the general UK populace, according to a report by PR consultancy firm CCgroup. Despite being popular amongst most Britons according to a recent YouGov survey, over 80% of recent newspaper articles about the topic showed solar panels and other renewables [...]

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King’s Cross renovation completed with a little help from solar PV

October 8, 2012
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The renovation of Londons iconic King’s Cross Station has recently been completed, including the installation of 1,392 solar cells. The solar photovoltaic system, which is embedded into the stations new glass roof, will generate over 175,000 kWh of clean energy equating to around 10% of the stations electricity needs. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on [...]

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UK renewable energy capacity will equal conventional generation capacity by 2025

September 26, 2012
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In an optimistic forecast for the UK’s renewables sector, a report by alternative energy analysts at GlobalData have predicted renewable energy capacity in the UK will pull alongside conventional, ‘thermal’ generation capacity such as coal and gas by the year 2025, thank primarily to strong government support. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on [...]

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The future of affordable electricity lies in renewables–particularly rooftop solar: JRC

September 25, 2012
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Although it’s becoming common knowledge that the cost of solar photovoltaics (PV) and other renewable energy sources is coming down, what boosts their competitiveness even further is the fact that the price of generation from conventional forms of electricity–fossil fuels and nuclear–are steadily on the rise. This phenomenon is picked up by the European Commission’s [...]

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Apple’s 20 megawatt solar farm for its data centre in North Carolina

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As a company Apple have always been known for thinking outside the box, changing our perceptions of what to expect from our technology and revolutionising the market in their wake. Following in this tradition, Apple has recently built a 20 megawatt (MW) solar farm to power its data centre near the city of Maiden, North [...]

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Another 5MW solar park to be built for Cornwall, thanks to falling solar prices

September 11, 2012
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After a series of setbacks, Cornwall Council is planning to go ahead with construction of a 5 megawatt (MW) solar park near Newquay airport. The original plan to build the Kernow Solar Park was shelved last autumn when the UK Government abruptly reduced the national Solar Feed-in Tariff ahead of schedule, but Cornwall Council has deemed [...]

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Korea’s Hanwha purchases Germany’s Q-Cells

August 28, 2012
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Korea’s Hanwha Group will take over Germany’s ailing Q-Cells, which entered into insolvency proceedings last April. Hanwha will retain most of the workforce at Q-Cells Thalheim research and production site in Germany, as well as all of the company’s Malaysian subsidiary. The official announcement came in a press release from Q-Cell released on 26 August, but rumours had [...]

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Chinese Government increases solar PV manufacturing goals

March 28, 2012
Chinese government ups solar PV production targets

The Chinese government released a report laying out its near-term targets for solar PV manufacturing over the course of the nation’s 12th 5-year plan, which began in 2011. The report reveals plans for 50,000 tons of polysilicon production per year and 5 gigawatts of solar PV cell production capacity by 2015, plus other goals related to solar [...]

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Dyesol dye-based Solar PV tech firm aiming for UK grid parity

December 7, 2011
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Dyesol is aiming to totally transform the solar photovoltaics (PV) industry by commercialising a still largely uncommercialised solar PV technology: the Dye Solar Cell (DSC). The Dye Solar Cell is a next-generation PV technology that utilises a ‘sandwich’ of materials to copy the photosynthetic properties of plants in order to turn sunlight into usable power. [...]

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Solar PV a great investment for homes

November 1, 2011

With the UK’s current Solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT), solar photovoltaics (solar PV) is one of the most worthwhile investments a homeowner can make, According to an article in the Sunday Times. In addition to the concrete financial returns that can be expected under the FiT, there is also evidence that solar panels increase the value of a [...]

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