Solar power

Kiran Stacey

The group of UK solar companies behind the campaign against the reduction of the feed-in tariff for larger projects has asked the courts to quash the government’s review altogether. Read more

Kiran Stacey

As Italy becomes the latest European government to consider changing its solar subsidies, ministers should pay attention to today’s report into green investment from the Pew Environment Group. Read more

Kiran Stacey

In this week’s readers’ Q&A session, Francesco Starace, chief executive of Enel Green Power, answers your questions. Read more

Kiran Stacey

One of Europe’s top renewables bosses has contradicted much of the rest of the solar industry by saying he is unconcerned about the changes being made to subsidies for solar power by governments around Europe. Read more

David Blair

The government points out that its proposed reduction in feed-in tariffs for large solar arrays will not apply retrospectively. Only new entrants after August 1 this year will be affected by the plans.
But it can take 12–18 months to set up a big solar power scheme.  Read more

Kiran Stacey

Greg Barker, the UK energy minister, has completed his review of subsidies for solar power under the feed-in-tariff scheme, and, as expected, he has reduced the amount of money available for installations that provide over 50kW. Read more

Kiran Stacey

The row about UK solar feed-in tariffs rumbles on. This morning, energy secretary Chris Huhne tried to persuade people in the South West that solar subsidies should not go to the kind of large-scale wind farms that are in development in that part of the country. Read more

Kiran Stacey

“Greg Barker has been rude and unprofessional.” This was the assessment of the UK’s energy minister by John Moreton, chairman of MO3, a UK solar power company. Read more

Kiran Stacey

The UK government’s plan to review the scope of its feed-in tariff looks sensible. The scheme is there to stimulate small-scale solar energy production, the reasoning goes, so we should stop large corporations from soaking up subsidies meant for householders with panels on their roofs.
But the review is in danger of giving the renewables industry and its investors very mixed messages. Read more

Kiran Stacey

[Solar panels wind turbine] Banks will have to supply 2 per cent of Europe’s GDP, or €2.9 trillion, to meet consumer demand for projects and technologies that tackle climate change, according to a new report from Barclays and Accenture. Read more