Government changes legislation to encourage larger battery storage projects

The change will enable storage projects above 50MW to be developed in England, while batteries larger than 350MW will be given the go-ahead in Wales

British solar firm bags €20m to build two solar farms in the Netherlands

The projects could provide enough clean energy to power more than 9,000 homes

Indian utility-scale solar parks ‘have kickstarted India’s energy sector transition’

India is now home to several ‘ultra-mega solar parks’ with capacities of more than 1GW

Solar farms to create natural habitats to protect wildlife

UK energy efficiency solutions firm Anesco has announced a project which aims to enhance the biodiversity of solar farms. The firm has partnered with the RSPB, Europe’s largest nature conservation charity, to create natural habitats at its solar sites for some of the country’s most-at-risk species. RSPB experts will visit a number of Anesco’s existing solar […]

Waste firm to turn rubbish dumps into solar farms

Recycling and waste management firm SITA UK has teamed up with British Solar Renewables (BSR) to turn a number of landfill sites into solar farms. BSR will help assess and shortlist the landfill locations it considers to be suitable for solar development. SITA UK already extracts methane gas from its closed landfills but is exploring […]

UK solar hat-trick for green investment firm

A renewable investment company has bought a trio of operational solar farms in the UK for £73.7 million. The solar parks in Dorset, Norfolk and Cornwall have a combined electricity generating capacity of 56.6MW. The new contracts takes The Renewables Infrastructure Group’s (TRIG) portfolio to around 398MW. Richard Crawford from InfraRed Capital Partners, TRIG’s Investment […]

Make solar farms wildlife reserves say nature groups

Solar farms are the perfect place for wildlife reserves, according to new advice from nature groups and solar researchers. The guide was launched today at Kew Gardens by groups such as The National Trust, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust with the Solar Trade Association and the BRE National Solar Centre. They said solar farms often take […]

Malta hunts for spaces to put solar farms

The sun-blessed island of Malta is looking to make the most of its natural resources by kick-starting a solar farm policy. Officials at the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) are working on plans with the Ministry for Energy and Conservation of Water. Space for large scale solar farms on precious agricultural land is clearly […]

Mobile robots help cut solar costs

A US robotics company has built “solar robots” that could cut the cost of energy from solar farms. The machines, built by California-based QBotix, are expected to cut costs by around 20%. The firm claims the “robots” are operated by a single battery that manages the rotation of up to 200 panels at a fraction […]