Solar Industry News
SolarUK Ltd maintains a watch on current news about our industry. We have presented our up to date list of news items below.
UK's first Coal Free Christmas Day since the industrial revolution
This included the first Christmas Day without coal since the Industrial Revolution, with 30.9% of electricity coming from gas, 27.1% from wind, 21.4% from nuclear, 9.1% from imports, 7% from biomass, 2.9% from hydro and 1.5% from solar ensuring no coal was needed, according to National Grid ESO.
Source: solaruk, Date and Time of entry: 19 January 2021 09:27
VAT on Battery storage
Following the changes, the VAT rate on home energy storage jumped from 5% to 20%, a move that Richard Partington, managing director of AceOn, said has “not helped the rollout of this important renewable energy storage technology”.
Source: solaruk, Date and Time of entry: 06 January 2021 09:12
Solar proved a winning technology for the UK
Solar proved a winning technology for the UK’s first ever Citizens' Assembly on climate change, with 81% supporting it.
Source: solaruk, Date and Time of entry: 11 September 2020 11:16
Domestic solar PV installs jump 185% in June
Ian Rippin, CEO of MCS said: “It is reassuring that we are seeing a consistently improving picture. Having spoken to several contractors they tell me not only have they managed to hold on to some of the pre-lockdown work that they had secured, but that enquiries have improved dramatically too.
Source: solaruk, Date and Time of entry: 27 July 2020 08:56
Renewables smash more generation records
In Q1 of 2020, renewable energy generated more electricity than fossil fuels, smashing a number of records along the way.
Source: solaruk, Date and Time of entry: 26 June 2020 13:05
World has six months to avert climate crisis, says energy expert
The IEA’s analysis shows that targeting green jobs – such as retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient, putting up solar panels and constructing wind farms – is more effective than pouring money into the high-carbon economy.
Source: solaruk, Date and Time of entry: 18 June 2020 06:13
Solar installs rise 37% in ‘early signs’ of recovery
The average number of installations in May rose by 37% compared to April, with installers now reporting that following easing of lockdown restrictions they are starting to build pipelines back up and start work again.
Source: solaruk, Date and Time of entry: 16 June 2020 12:59
the cost of solar PV globally dropped by 82%
A new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) found that between 2010-2019, the cost of solar PV globally dropped by 82%. Across the board the cost of renewables have fallen, with concentrated solar power also seeing a drop of 47%, while onshore wind costs fell 40% and offshore wind 29%.
Source: solaruk, Date and Time of entry: 03 June 2020 14:39
Solar smashes peak generation records as it soars to 9.68GW
As the UK enters the sunnier months, where solar generation usually sees a surge, there is also now significantly lower levels of pollution than usual due to the COVID-19 lockdown. This has therefore contributed to clearer conditions, which have combined with the relatively cool temperatures to provide the optimal conditions for maximizing solar PV efficiency.
Source: solaruk, Date and Time of entry: 22 April 2020 13:34
Britain's power system is decarbonising faster than anywhere
Dr Iain Staffell of Imperial College London, the lead author of the Electric Insights report, said: “In the past decade, we’ve seen unprecedented changes in Britain’s power system, which has transformed at a speed never seen before.
Source: solaruk, Date and Time of entry: 17 February 2020 07:19