India’s ‘first’ mobile solar testing lab launched

A mobile testing laboratory for solar PV modules claimed to be the first in India has been launched. Mahindra Susten’s solution can be used by solar asset developers during the engineering, procurement and construction stages as well as operations and maintenance (O&M) operators at the location of their own plants. The firm believes the lab would […]

Let there be light! Gloucester Cathedral goes solar

Gloucester Cathedral is currently installing up to 200 solar panels on its roof. The renewable upgrade to the Grade I listed building will cost £100,000 and is expected to cut its energy use by 25%, saving enough power to make 2,000 cups of tea every day of the year. The panels, which the cathedral says will be invisible from […]

Turning green light blue will boost solar

Scientists may be able to boost the efficiency of solar panels by converting green light to blue. According to research from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, this involves a complicated scientific process called upconversion in which low energy green light photons are manipulated and fused together, creating blue light photons. Blue light […]

UK solar sets new power generation record

The UK solar industry has set a new record in electricity generation. Solar production peaked last month at 23.9% of power demand – a new record for the country, according to the Solar Trade Association (STA). The UK now produces almost 12GW of solar energy, enough to power the equivalent of 3.8 million homes, it […]

Solar recycling market ‘could be worth $15bn by 2050’

Recycling old solar panels can result in significant business opportunities. That’s according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which states decommissioned solar panels can be recycled to unlock a wealth of raw materials and valuable components. Its report estimates solar panel waste, comprised mostly of glass, could total 78 million tonnes globally by 2050. The […]

UK’s solar capacity ‘to exceed 10GW by 2016’

The total solar capacity installed in the UK is forecast to exceed 10GW by the end of the first quarter of 2016. Finlay Colville, Head of Market Intelligence at Solar Media said: “The UK is currently the most vibrant market for solar installations in Europe. “This is due to the attractive investment returns from Renewable […]

Fruitful year for farm with £30k energy savings

A fruit farm has cut its energy bills by £30,000 a year by installing a 200KW solar system. Place UK, which supplies 3,500 tonnes of fruit a year to companies including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer, invested £205,000 in the project. The 800-panel solar system in East Anglia also helped reduce the firm’s carbon footprint […]

China ‘to lead global solar installations’

China will remain the world’s largest market for annual solar installations in 2015. This year the country will have added more than 17.6GW, which is an increase of around 7GW compared to last year, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. It also states China will have the single largest share of the global market, which […]

Relocating? Take your solar panels with you

New plans to make it easier for businesses to move their solar panels when they relocate have been unveiled by the Government. DECC has launched a consultation seeking views on removing a barrier for building-mounted solar PV by allowing medium and large installations to be moved between buildings without losing the Feed-in Tariff payments. Currently […]

Saudi Arabia plans $6.4bn solar energy factory

Plans to build a $6.4 billion (£3.9bn) solar PV manufacturing complex has been unveiled in Saudi Arabia. The plant will be located at Wa’ad Al Shammal, an industrial city in the north of the country. US-based manufacturer SunEdison said it will jointly fund a study with the Saudi Arabian Investment Company and the nation’s Public […]