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 […]

Scotland’s solar industry hits 100MW milestone

Scotland has installed more than 100MW of solar capacity, according to new statistics. Figures from energy regulator Ofgem showed Scotland has 106MW of solar PV, a 36% rise since this time last year. It also revealed more than 28,000 households, 465 businesses, 56 communities and 22 industrial sites have fitted solar arrays across the country. […]

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 […]

Solar salon brushes away expensive energy bills

A small chain of luxury hair salons in the North West of England has brushed away expensive energy bills by installing solar panels at its largest site in Preston. Jo and Cass underwent an assessment by solar PV specialists Solarlec, which showed the company it could trim its energy costs by £35,000 over 25 years, […]

Solar powered school opens its doors

A solar powered school that’s aiming to become energy self-sufficient is opening its doors to inquiring visitors. John Ferneley College in Melton Mowbray was so happy with its solar panel project it decided to show it off. It wants other schools and colleges in the UK to see how they too can benefit. Alongside an […]

‘Sensitively sited’ solar will be at heart of Britain’s renewables

‘Sensitively sited’ solar PV will at the heart of growth in Britain’s renewables according to Energy Minister Greg Barker. Speaking ahead of the launch of the ‘Roadmap to a Brighter Future’ – which lays out how the Government will work with businesses and industry to keep up the expansion in solar capacity – Mr Barker […]

Global solar projects to hit three year high in 2014

Solar panel installations are set to hit a three-year high in 2014, according to information company IHS. Following a two-year solar slowdown, the firm predicts projects could hit 41 GW next year, bringing in revenues of more than $86 billion (£53.5 billion). Solar installations could rise by nearly a fifth (17%) over the year, following […]