UK would need to cover 12% of land with solar panels to supply itself

A new study shows an area nearly the size of South Africa would be needed to power global electricity demand

Community energy group raises £130k for solar in 13 days

A community energy group has raised £130,000 in just 13 days to install solar panels in Brighton. Last year the Brighton Energy Co-op brought in £240,000 to pay for solar panels at three sites in the city. This time round their target is £600,000. The money will be spent installing 2,000 solar panels at two […]

India invites first solar bids in two years

The Indian Government is inviting bids for 750MW of new solar plants – its first national auction since 2011. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is offering around Rs18.75 billion (£190m) in grants for the projects as part of its National Solar Mission launched in 2010. It aims to reduce the cost of PV […]

Brazilian World Cup football stadium installs solar panels

Brazil has opened its first football stadium powered by solar energy in preparation for next year’s FIFA World Cup, reports claim. The Minerao Stadium (pictured), located in the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte, was originally built in 1965 and has been fitted with a 1.4MW solar array on its rooftop. The project is said to […]

IKEA plugs-in its 38th US solar project

Swedish furniture retailer IKEA has officially plugged in a 590.8kW solar system at its store in Massachusetts – making it its 38th completed PV project in the US. The 118,000 square foot array includes 4,220 panels (pictured) and is expected to produce around 695,000kWh of clean electricity and cut 479 tons of carbon dioxide every […]

‘UK’s largest solar farm’ up and running

A £35 million solar farm (pictured) in Leicestershire, believed to be the largest in the UK, has successfully been connected to the National Grid. The 34MW project at a former World War II airfield, Wymeswold, in Leicestershire consists of 130,000 solar panels covering an area of 150 acres. Jonathan Selwyn, Managing Director of Lark Energy, […]

Former World War II airfield home to UK’s largest solar farm

A former World War II airfield in Leicestershire will soon be home to what is believed will end up as the UK’s largest solar farm. Lark Energy secured planning permission last week for the 32MW farm at Wymeswold Airfield, with building expected to begin at the end of the month. The £35 million project will […]

US wants to tax Chinese solar

The US Commerce Department is planning on slapping a tax on Chinese solar panel imports, reports claim. The move, which is likely to increase existing trade tensions, is aimed at improving American competition. The US Government said Chinese firms were “flooding” the American market thanks to being aided by their own Government subsidies. Gordon Brinser, […]