UK virtual power plant company appoints ex-Tesla chief as advisor

2018-09-21T09:17:14+00:00September 2018|

A UK project to build a virtual power plant (VPP) has appointed the former EMEA vice-president for Tesla in an advisory role, according to Energy Storage News. Ben Hill will act as commercial and technical advisor for Solo Energy, which plans to launch a system to link up residential and commercial battery systems through a [...]

Industry leaders call for government to continue payments for excess solar energy

2018-09-21T08:34:51+00:00September 2018|

This summer’s heatwave has helped solar energy to reach record weekly highs. While this may have generated more interest in solar power, the government’s plans to remove the feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme is having the opposite effect. As a result, industry leaders are urging the government to reconsider and continue making payments to small producers [...]

Businesses increasingly back clean energy

2018-09-12T11:02:26+00:00August 2018|

UK businesses of all sizes are starting to realise the power of clean energy. Not only does investment in this area boost green credentials and reduce operational costs, it also helps to future-proof companies in ultra-competitive markets, the Daily Telegraph recently discussed. While senior vice-president of energy solutions at the Green Investment Group, Richard Braakenburg, [...]

Energy as a Service and its impact on the energy market

2018-08-28T10:10:25+00:00August 2018|

Smart meters, renewables, energy storage, interconnectors, and a greater choice of energy suppliers… there’s no denying that the energy market has transformed in recent years. Despite this, customers continue to face confusing tariff pricing structures, unclear tariff names, and high costs, Current News recently discussed. But could the energy sector be on track to put [...]

UK risks missing overall renewable energy targets

2018-08-24T13:44:16+00:00August 2018|

Last year was a stellar year for renewable generation capacity in the UK, putting the country on track to meet its target for renewable-produced electricity. However, slow progress on heat and transportation means the UK now risks missing overall renewable energy targets, Greentech Media reports. 2017 saw highest annual increase share of electricity generations Energy [...]

ENA launches smart grid consultation

2018-08-24T14:01:32+00:00August 2018|

The Energy Networks Association has launched the “Future Worlds” consultation as part of its Open Networks Project to discuss the future of the UK’s energy networks, Utility Week reported. Decentralised Energy System could offer consumers big savings The aim of the consultation is to deliver a “smarter, more flexible, and more decentralised energy system”. Research [...]

Third of London councils sign up to Mayor’s Solar Together renewable energy initiative

2018-08-24T14:15:23+00:00August 2018|

Homeowners in London are signing up for reduced power bills thanks to 'Solar Together' initiative launched by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. His Solar initiative, launched this year with a pilot scheme in the boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Merton and Sutton, has expanded and now more than a third of boroughs have joined. Collective Buying Power [...]

Calls for clarity on solar’s exit from Feed-in Tariff

2018-08-24T14:24:13+00:00July 2018|

The UK government has published a new consultation discussing proposals to close Feed-in Tariffs and export tariffs for renewables. The Solar Trade Association (STA) is now calling for clarity on what will happen if tariffs are closed, urging the government to work with the industry to provide a sustainable solution. The Call for Evidence comes [...]

Heatwave helps solar power reach new weekly records

2018-08-24T14:32:55+00:00July 2018|

The recent heatwave has done more than just lift the country’s spirits, it has also helped the UK to break numerous solar power-generation records, the Guardian reports. Renewables main source of power in UK in July The installation of new solar power has somewhat flatlined over the last 12 months but the prolonged period of [...]

UK solar installations halve for second consecutive year

2018-08-24T14:40:10+00:00July 2018|

Government subsidy cuts continue to impact on solar panels in the UK as installations across the country halved in 2017 for the second year in a row, the Guardian reports. New solar capacity in the UK fell to 0.65GW, down from 1.97GW in 2016 and 4.1GW in 2015. Overall EU solar growth impacted The numbers [...]