Global solar sales to beat $151bn by 2024

The yearly revenue from global solar panel installations is expected to be more than $151 billion (£96.7bn) by 2024. That’s according to a new report which forecasts the cost of solar panels to fall and potentially replace other energy technologies. Roberto Rodriguez Labastida, Senior Research Analyst at Navigant Research, said: “The distributed solar PV generation market continues to transition […]

Brits get bright with solar panels

We’re getting smarter when it comes to greener sources of power in the UK. New government statistics out yesterday show more than 125,000 homes put solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on their rooftops last year. Around 700 megawatts (MW) of solar power was also installed on buildings and in ground-mounted solar farms because of the Feed in Tariff […]

Sharp’s Welsh solar factory running ‘nearly at full throttle’

Tech manufacturer Sharp says its Welsh solar panel factory is nearly running at full throttle. The plant in Wrexham, North Wales which makes photovoltaic (PV) panels is at “near full production” of 400MW. Announcing the news yesterday, the European firm touted this as evidence of its strong commitment to solar in Europe. Last September there […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – Village idiots behind bonkers EU solar panel move?

I never cease to be amazed at the roller-coaster mentality which has invaded what is a potentially huge cash earner and employer in the UK. What am I talking about? The renewable energy market, especially solar PV. Despite immense obstacles it has shown signs of growing in a difficult UK market. Not that you’d think […]

I’ll have a ‘green’ and tonic

Bombay Sapphire is renowned for its distinctive blue glass bottle – but what’s inside is about to become ‘green’. The gin’s distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire has become both the first distillery and first refurbishment to hit the level of ‘Outstanding’ in a sustainability measure. Based in a Grade II listed Victorian building, the […]

Hitachi expands smart grid trial

Japanese technology firm Hitachi is expanding trials of its smart grid technology in South West England and South Wales. The series of field tests are looking at how to link renewable sources of electricity into local distribution networks more simply and cheaply. UK firm Western Power Distribution (WPD) which is running the tests is using […]

Solar firms to sue government for £140m

A group of solar firms are planning to sue the Government for £140million in the latest twist to the sage over subsidy cuts, it emerged this week. 17 British solar and construction firms have banded together to demand compensation for loss of business because of what they describe as the “illegal” solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) […]

Satellites improve solar panels’ energy

A Slovakian-based firm claims it has made technology which detects underperforming solar panels – using satellites. GeoModel Solar claims its solar tool uses solar modelling to improve solar panels’ energy production in Europe and South Africa. The firm says its system beats typical practices which use data from cheap sensors or nearby meteorological stations because […]

Spate of low carbon jobs for UK

More jobs in the recycling and low carbon sector will be created in the UK it was revealed today, to coincide with the announcement of £100 million funding for energy efficiency projects from BIS. Alongside this fund, a plastic bottle recycling plant in Dagenham run by British Closed Loop Recycling set out £12 million expansion […]

EU carbon agenda could mean “troubled waters” for renewables

Renewable energy could be in for some “very troubled waters” if Europe pursues its carbon targets and new energy sources without an eye to cost. This was the stark warning from the chief executive of RWE Innogy Fritz Vahrenholt, who told ELN the impact of carbon emissions on global warning was not as “catastrophic” as […]