India ‘must invest $23bn for 2022 solar goal’

India will need to invest $23 billion (£17.1bn) over the next five years to meet its target of installing 40GW of solar capacity across the country’s rooftops. That’s according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), which says although the government has its sights on putting 175GW of non-hydropower renewable capacity into place by 2022, it […]

Property development firm powers 1,100-panel rooftop solar

Property development and investment firm British Land has installed 1,100 rooftop solar panels at its retail centre in Peterborough. Covering the equivalent of nine tennis courts, it is said to be one of the UK’s largest retail rooftop solar project. The solar system is expected to generate around 250,000kWh of electricity every year – enough […]

Tesla unveils solar roof glass tiles

Tesla has unveiled a new concept of integrating solar technology into homes. Its CEO Elon Musk revealed solar roof tiles made of glass that can be manufactured in a range of different styles. The energy generated by the tiles would be stored in its big home battery ‘Powerwall’ which would deliver clean electricity when the sun is […]

Business rates for rooftop solar ‘to rise next year’

Businesses with solar rooftop installations in the country could see a rise in their rate taxes next year. That’s according to the Solar Trade Association (STA) which added they could increase by between six to eight times from current levels. This could happen from April 2017 unless the government intervenes, it stated. The STA’s warning follows […]

Australia now ‘world leader in rooftop solar’

Australia leads the world in rooftop solar, according to a new report. The Energy Supply Association of Australia stated the country has the highest rate of  household solar installations as 15% of homes have solar panels. South Australia is the region with more rooftop installations than anywhere in the world, with 25% of homes being […]

M&S installing ‘UK’s largest’ rooftop solar system

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has started work on what it claims will be the largest roof-mounted solar panel system in the UK. The installation on its East Midlands distribution centre in Castle Donington will include 24,272 solar panels and generate more than 5,000 MWh of electricity every year – enough to power nearly 1,200 homes. […]

Thailand boosts solar capacity to 3GW by 2021

Thailand has announced plans to increase its solar generating capacity by 50% more than its previous target, reports claim. The Government has approved new subsidy rates for rooftop and village-based solar projects, with the aim of adding 3GW of capacity by 2021. The Ministry of Energy said it will work with a state-run credit provider, […]

Solar panels ‘on every commercial rooftop by 2018’

Almost every commercial rooftop in the UK could have solar panels installed within the next five years. That’s according to the Business Development Director of a renewable energy firm, who claims it is “inevitable” that firms in the UK will soon realise the economic benefits of solar. Mariano Costa (pictured) from Scotland-based Renewable Resources said: […]

Hyundai’s factory to be powered by solar

Car manufacturer Hyundai Motor has announced plans to install a solar power plant in one of its South Korean factories. Reports claim around 40,000 solar panels will be installed on the rooftops of four buildings of its Asan factory – covering 68% of the total rooftop area – in the South Chungcheong Province. The new […]