UK funds solar project for Pakistani schools

The UK is funding solar panels for primary schools in a province in Pakistan. The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) are providing £6.5 million for around 2,000 government schools in seven districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Lack of basic facilities in government schools in Pakistan is said to […]

London mayor unveils £34m energy efficiency and solar schemes

The latest phase of the £34 million Energy for Londoners programme has been unveiled by Sadiq Khan. The mayor’s new scheme aims to make energy bills more affordable, workplaces more energy efficient and supply London with cleaner and more local energy sources like solar power. A new £2.5 million package will target fuel poor homes, […]

US offers $3m to boost solar manufacturing

The US Department of Energy has announced a $3 million (£2m) competition to boost innovation in solar manufacturing. It is seeking entrepreneurs to develop new processes and products “that will reassert American leadership in the solar marketplace”. The programme will help catalyse early and ongoing connections with both corporate and venture capital to bring crucial […]

IFC backs Jordan solar project with $188m finance

A solar power project expected to be the largest to date in Jordan has received financing of up to $188 million (£133m). IFC, a member of the World Bank, is supporting the 248MW Baynouna facility developed by Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company. The solar plant is expected to generate enough electricity to power around […]

Thumbs up for Wales’ largest solar storage project

Planning permission has been granted for the largest solar and storage project in Wales. The 49.9MW scheme on Anglesey will generate enough electricity to power around 15,500 UK homes or 14,000 electric vehicles every year. Developed by Countryside Renewables, the project is expected to help save around 612,000 tonnes of carbon over its 30-year lifetime. […]

BP buys 43% stake in solar developer Lightsource

BP has announced it is buying a 43% stake in solar power developer Lightsource for $200 million (£149m). The energy giant said it is “excited to be coming back to solar” as the two companies aim to drive the growth of the renewable source worldwide. The majority of the investment, paid over three years, will […]

E.ON to offer five years of free solar with new EV

E.ON will offer five years of free solar power for buyers of its new electric vehicle (EV). The Big Six energy supplier is working with Swedish auto manufacturer Uniti to develop the Uniti One car, which is expected to be unveiled in 2019. The car’s €15,000 (£13,250) price tag will include the free energy, which […]

Welsh Government calls for onshore wind and solar support

The Welsh Government is urging the UK Government to enable onshore wind and solar technologies to compete in the renewable energy auctions. The Contracts for Difference (CfDs) scheme currently provides subsidies for technologies including offshore wind, marine energy and biomass. It excludes support for onshore wind and solar, which the Welsh Government believes could potentially […]

Guest Blog: Nick Boyle – UK Solar Market – Light at the End of the Sleeve?

It’s the question on everyone’s lips at the moment (everyone in solar circles, anyway) – are we finally reaching the point where solar can be developed to be competitive with the grid, providing an unsubsidised renewable power supply for corporate customers? Can additional renewables compete with the secondary market of subsidised assets? Well, it might […]

British Embassy provides solar power in rural Peru

A UK-backed solar power project in Peru has officially been opened. Located at an altitude of more than 4,000 metres, it provides renewable electricity to one of the nation’s most remote regions of Ocoruro, Arequipa. It is not connected to the grid but the solar technology installed by the British Embassy in Peru, with technical […]