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The REA claims that the closure of the solar export tariffs would put thousands of jobs in the UK's solar sector at risk

40% of solar installers 'set to leave UK amid subsidy cuts'

Companies accounting for more than 40% of the UK's solar installation industry could leave the national market if the Government does not extend the export tariff and provide a replacement for the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme.

More than 200 stakeholders have signed a letter claiming that the closure of the solar export tariffs would slow progress towards a smart and flexible energy system

Calls for Government to 'urgently' stabilise UK solar sector amid subsidy closures

More than 200 stakeholders in the UK's solar sector, including energy companies, NGOs and city leaders, have called on the Government to continue an export tariff once the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme ends next March.

Cuts to the FiT scheme back in 2015 created a 75% fall in installations

Sadiq Khan calls for rethink on solar subsidies closure

London mayor Sadiq Khan was written to the Government expressing his concerns that a decision to let financial solar incentives expire next year could create a "cliff edge" for the wider solar market.

The consultation paper states Government intervention may still be required to support solar and wind projects

No replacement for Feed-in Tariff 'major blow' for renewables

The Government has axed subsidies for new small-scale low-carbon electricity generation, sparking dismay from renewable energy bodies.

British solar firms have been hit by a round of subsidy cuts in 2015 and 2016, as well as changes to business rates for buildings with rooftop solar

UK solar power growth halves for second year running

New solar power installations halved in the UK last year for the second year in a row, as the fallout of government subsidy cuts continued to shake the sector.

More than £227m was invested in 400 new independent renewable energy projects across Great Britain in 2017

Subsidy cuts slow growth of independent renewables, report finds

Investment in new, independent renewable energy projects in the UK totalled £227m in 2017, down by almost 20% from 2016 figures, according to a new report published this week.

Energy management experts from manufacturing and retail firms across the country came together to discuss the potential solutions to some of the biggest challenges around energy resilience

Energy resilience roundtable: Paving the path to a clean energy future

Energy management experts from some of the world's biggest manufacturers and retailers recently came together for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and Centrica Business Solutions to explore some of the biggest challenges and opportunities when it comes to building energy resilience.

Keeping a weather eye: 5 key developments for renewables

Reading the popular media or governmental press releases alone might lead us to despair at the prospects for renewables - something that's flavour of the month today can be an environmental pariah the next. So, what is really happening? Should we be battening down the hatches or making hay?

With the right support the biogas industry could deliver 250MW of new generation capacity over the next two years, according to ADBA

ADBA: UK risks missing carbon budgets unless AD is given Government backing

EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government must revise its policy approach to help companies realise the significant economic and environmental benefits of sending food waste to anaerobic digestion (AD), the industry's trade association has insisted.

It is feared that an increase in business rates could restrict future investment in commercial rooftop solar systems

Big brands call on UK Government to 'stop the solar tax hike'

More than 160 leading green businesses including Sainsbury's, Ikea and Kingfisher have today (5 December) called upon Chancellor Philip Hammond to scrap scheduled tax increases on solar PV.

Due to the stadium’s size and activities, all of the electricity generated from the rooftop solar system is expected to be used on site

Bristol's solar revolution continues with innovative stadium PV partnership

Bristol Sport's Ashton Gate Stadium, home to Bristol Football Club and Bristol Rugby, has partnered with Bristol City Council to install solar PV panels on one of its stands as part of a major refurbishment of the ground.

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 04 - Plan A progress and carbon-neutral beer

Listen to exclusive interviews with M&S's director of sustainable business Mike Barry, the new director of the Corporate Leaders Group Jill Duggan, and Heineken's director of global sustainable development Michael Dickstein in this fourth episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast.

To combat the dramatic cuts, DECC is suggesting an introduction of a default degression to the tariffs

DECC launches consultation proposals to slash biogas subsidies

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has delivered another blow to the UK's clean energy industry, after proposing to completely cut Feed-in Tariff (FiT) schemes for large anaerobic digestion (AD) site and "severely" reduce subsidies for small and medium scale plants.

The move will see Ecotricity enter the domestic solar market for the first time

Ecotricity snaps up solar business from struggling SunEdison

Ecotricity has taken its first step into the UK domestic solar market, with the acquisition of the home rooftop solar business of troubled US company SunEdison.

Aviva's new rooftop solar systems all qualify for feed-in tariff subsidies, having been registered before the 15 January reduction in tariff rates

Aviva on the road to 100% renewables with rooftop solar investment

Aviva has invested in rooftop solar PV systems across three of its UK sites as part of the investment providor's commitment to use 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

 There was 21MW of small solar installed in February and March this year compared to 81MW for the same period in 2015, according to Ofgem

UK solar power installations plummet after Government cuts

The amount of household solar power capacity installed in the past two months has plummeted by three quarters following the Government's cuts to subsidies, according to new figures.

Under the new ruling – which has gained cross-party support - it is expected that the House of Commons will agree to keep solar and other renewable sources in the lower VAT tax band

Good news: Solar VAT hike set to be vetoed in Parliament

After enduring a series of policy changes, Britan's solar community could finally be set for some welcome political news as it has been reported that a potential VAT hike on solar installations will be vetoed.

Nuclear plants and innovation funds are part of the steps DECC has introduced to boost investor confidence

10 ways DECC is boosting investor confidence in the UK's energy market (according to DECC)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released a list of ten ways it will stimulate investor confidence in the UK's energy market in the wake of widespread criticism aimed at numerous abrupt policy amendments.

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom was involved in a heated exchange with ECCC chair Angus MacNeil in Parliament yesterday (2 March)

Andrea Leadsom is 'sick and tired' of green policy critics

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom is "sick and tired" of the barrage of complaints being fired at the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) over its punitive cuts to renewable energy subsidies.

The report cites the UK’s slide out of the top 10 of analysts EY’s respected international league table on renewable energy as a cause for concern

MPs warn of 'dented' investor confidence over UK energy policy

The Government is risking higher energy prices and stalling new investment through 'sudden and numerous' energy policy changes that are denting investor confidence in the UK energy market, MPs have warned today (2 March).

The STA believe that solar can make up a large proportion of the energy mix in Scotland

20 ways Scotland can ignite a solar revolution

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has released a new document of 20 ways the Scottish Government can catalyse significant growth in the deployment of solar energy across the country.

Once operational the solar farm will add to Swindon’s renewable capacity of 140MW

Swindon welcomes first UK council solar bond

The UK's first ever council solar bond has been launched in Swindon, offering councils and local authorities the chance to raise capital for a 5MW community solar farm.

London is performing worse than any other major British city in regards to solar growth, Greenpeace claims

Next London Mayor urged to ignite solar energy revolution

A London-exclusive feed-in tariff (FiT) subsidy scheme and a new solar taskforce are among the new approaches to renewable energy generation that should be taken by the next Mayor of London, a new report from Greenpeace has claimed.

An existing Green Highlands hydro project in Wester Ross

£13.5m hydro project underway in the Highlands

Scottish renewable energy company Green Highland Renewables has started work on a £13.5m hydropower scheme in the Scottish Highlands.

The £200,000 installation was completed in ‘record time’ to be finalised before the lower feed in tariff subsidy came into effect on 15 January

Brighton University installs rooftop solar array in 'record time' to beat subsidy deadline

The University of Brighton has unveiled a new solar panel array that will reduce carbon emissions at its Falmer campus by 82 tonnes annually, placing Brighton as one of the top universities in the UK for on-site renewable energy production.

Under the new subsidised cuts the tariff rates for domestic solar installations has decreased from 12.03p/kWh to 4.39p/kWh

Solar installations surge to beat subsidy cut-off date

Domestic and commercial solar installations in the final quarter of 2015 shot up by approximately 63% year-on-year, as developers scrambled to get projects up and running before subsidy cuts took effect.

Trade body says solar panel installation is still attractive for consumers but average payback period will almost double

Solar still a good option despite subsidy cut and VAT hike, says industry

Solar panels still make financial sense for consumers despite a double whammy of subsidy cuts and a rise in VAT rates, the industry has said.

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed details of the £175m subsidy for diesel generators in December

Rudd blames Labour for £175m 'diesel farm' subsidies

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has been forced to defend her decision to allocate a new subsidy to back-up 'diesel farms' in Parliament today (7 January).

Total UK solar PV capacity reached 8.4 GW as of November 2015

National Grid seeks more accurate solar data to refine power balancing act

The National Grid has enlisted the help of Sheffield University's solar research team to better understand how much power the UK's ever-growing array of solar panels is producing.

Many traders are unwilling to take on another installer's work due to a fear of being found liable for hidden faults

Confidence boost for solar sector with new repair scheme

A new solar trade agreement has been launched which allows member companies of the Solar Trade Association (STA) to repair and maintain damaged installations that were constructed by other companies.

Solar companies have gone bust, community projects have closed and some energy experts are now predicting the end of the UK solar industry

Updated Feed-in Tariff timeline: The rise and fall of solar subsidies

With the Government's decision on major cuts to solar subsidies finally revealed, edie charts the rise and fall of the successful feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme which have been slashed by 64%.

Just over seven months ago, the UK was boasting the third-largest utility-scale solar capacity in the world

Anger from renewables industry as key technologies set for VAT hike

Solar panels, wind and ocean hydro turbines could all be subject to a 15% VAT increase - from 5% to 20% - under new proposals from the Government.

The Autumn Statement document included a pledge to reduce the projected cost of green policies on the average annual household energy bill by £30 from 2017

7 questions George Osborne didn't answer in his Spending Review

Chancellor George Osborne spoke for an hour and the Government released a 154-page document detailing the changes made to Britain's economic plan today, but when it comes to green policy, there STILL seems to be more questions than answers.

DECC is expected to see budget cuts of around 30%, with up to 200 staff made redundant

Autumn Statement and Spending Review: The green business wish list

Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his update on the Government's plans for the economy, known as the Autumn Statement, in Parliament today. The hopes are high, but expectations are seemingly low among green groups and industry.

DECC's Paul van Heyningen was speaking at a Food and Drink Federation event in London. Photo: FDF

Carbon reduction incentives could ease 'complex' policy landscape, says DECC

UK businesses are operating within a "complex" energy policy environment and need to engage with Government over the potential introduction of new financial incentives to stimulate carbon reductions, a DECC official has claimed.

Public support for green energy has never fallen below 75% since the survey in March 2012

Brits still back renewables despite subsidy cuts

More than three quarters of the UK public support the use of renewable energy, according to the latest opinion poll from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The solar energy sector has already lost 1,000 jobs as a result of planned subsidy cuts

Government to cut tax relief for community green energy schemes

The government plans to cut tax reliefs for community energy schemes to build new renewable power capacity such as solar and wind in a move that will deal a further blow to the UK's embattled renewables sector, green campaigners have warned.

80% of participants believe that the FiT changes will reduce annual installation capacity by 80%

FiT cuts would 'cripple' 70% of solar industry, survey finds

A new survey launched on the back of the Government's controversial feed-in tariff (FiT) consultation has found that 70% of solar installers are concerned that the anticipated cuts to subsidies could 'cripple' their financial stability.

Once completed the Godley site will dwarf the only other solar site in the UK, an 800 panel pilot scheme in Berkshire

Manchester set for Europe's largest floating solar project

Installation has started today (26 October) on Europe's largest floating solar power system which will generate 2.7GWh of renewable, zero carbon energy each year on a reservoir near Manchester.


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