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Defra delivers fresh blow to solar industry through farmer subsidy crackdown

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Environment Secretary Liz Truss brands solar farms as 'ugly' and warns they are undermining UK's ability to grow crops

20 Oct 2014

Solarcentury reveals how it is planning to make solar farms even greener

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Company pledges 'industry-leading' environmental standards at new 48MW solar farm in Hampshire

17 Oct 2014

SolarCity offers $200m green bonds

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Scheme allows individuals to earn up to four per cent returns while helping to boost clean energy, company says

16 Oct 2014

Renewable Energy Association and Solar Trade Association to split

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Trade bodies say end of formal affiliation at start of 2015 will allow both to focus on their core strengths

13 Oct 2014

Stable economic and political frameworks can drive the solar energy sector

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James Watson of EPIA calls for an end to trade tariffs and greater renewables ambition at an EU level to bolster the growing industry

13 Oct 2014

Is the government really putting 'rocket boosters' under rooftop solar market?

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DECC impact assessment says deployment could fall 150MW by 2020 despite its ambition to increase onsite solar PV investment

10 Oct 2014

Kingspan touts £5bn solar power savings for UK businesses

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New study identifies potential for corporates to cut energy bills with solar PV

09 Oct 2014

Solar Schools educating green energy investors

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Scheme to finance solar panels on school roofs inspires further involvement in community projects, study finds

08 Oct 2014

Solar power market could hit 200GW milestone by year end

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NPD Solarbuzz predicits nearly 20GW of new capacity will be added globally in fourth quarter

07 Oct 2014

Breaking: DECC sweetens solar farm subsidy shake-up with renewables funding boost

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Government sticks with controversial change in solar farm subsidies, but promises £95m increase in support for renewable energy projects

02 Oct 2014

UK hails first floating solar farm

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Developer targeting utilities and reservoirs to roll out land-saving solar technology

29 Sep 2014

Solar could be world's largest power source by 2050, IEA says

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International Energy Agency says solar has potential to provide more than a quarter of global electricity with right policy framework

29 Sep 2014

Solar boom helps UK renewables deliver record energy share

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Growth in capacity sees renewables deliver 17 per cent of UK power during the second quarter of the year

25 Sep 2014

Is this heart-shaped solar farm the world's most beautiful power plant?

Artist's impression of heart-shaped solar farm in New Caledonia - photo Conergy

'Heart of New Caledonia' to power 750 homes in French overseas territory

25 Sep 2014

Solar's multi-billion pound potential stalled by 'unreliable' policy, industry warns

Howbery solar park - photo Solarcentury

Trade body says sector can reach 60GW and power 18 million homes, but needs subsidies to help it achieve further cost reductions

25 Sep 2014

IKEA to sell solar panels in eight more European countries

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Swedish retail giant set to extend offer already available in UK to Netherlands and Switzerland by the end of the year

23 Sep 2014

Reports: India to raise solar power goal to 15GW by 2019

Narmada solar canal - photo Sardar Sarovar Narmada Ltd

Analysts say government may ditch plans to auction 1,500MW of solar projects in a bid to install 5,000-7,000MW each year

22 Sep 2014

White House unveils solar power and energy efficiency boost

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Paper outlines more than 50 actions and commitments designed to avoid 300 million tonnes of CO2 emissions, as administration sets out climate negotiating stall

19 Sep 2014

Solarcentury brings Africa's largest solar carport to Kenya

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UK solar firms inks second major deal in east Africa as expansion plans gather pace

18 Sep 2014

UK solar farm issues Europe's first certified climate bonds

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Big60Million Solar Bonds released to finance Willersey Solar Farm accredited under the Climate Bond Standards and Certification Scheme

17 Sep 2014

Farmers given recipe for solar-powered roast lamb

Sheep under solar panels near Axminster - photo Lightsource

New guidance from National Solar Centre outlines how solar systems can be combined with agriculture

16 Sep 2014

Google debuts latest solar investment, as company's carbon intensity keeps falling

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IT giant reveals $145m equity commitment to new 82MW solar farm in California, completing its 17th renewable energy investment since 2010

11 Sep 2014

Primary schools to compete for 'crowd-funded' solar panels

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Friends of the Earth launches new competition offering schools the opportunity to wind a solar array

09 Sep 2014

UK should ditch 'dying' utilities for localised wind and solar revolution, think tank says

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IPPR argues policies favouring large nuclear and offshore wind are costly and outdated when compared to distributed energy systems

08 Sep 2014

Good Energy teams up with Trillion Fund in £1m crowdfunding push

Juliet Davenport Good Energy

Green energy specialist launches first crowdfunding offer in bid to raise capital for planned solar farms

08 Sep 2014

Solar farm set to transform Welsh coal mine

Conergy solar farm near Cardiff

Developer Conergy to build 13.5MW plant at a disused coal mine in the Rhymney Valley

04 Sep 2014

Kyocera announces plan for world’s largest floating solar farm

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Joint venture planning to build 2.9MW floating solar farm in Hyogo Prefecture

02 Sep 2014

Estee Chaikin: Hanergy, IKEA, and the transformative power of solar panels

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BusinessGreen's Young Sustainability Executive of the Year reveals how an interest in consumer behaviour helped shape one of the world's most exciting solar initiatives

28 Aug 2014

Aviva Investors beefs up £76m domestic solar portfolio

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Institutional investor makes latest move into the residential solar market with acquisition of 11.3MW portfolio from Zouk Capital

28 Aug 2014

US green energy share hits record levels as solar power doubles

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Government figures show renewables accounted for more than 14 per cent of total US electricity production in the first half of this year

28 Aug 2014

Glasgow scientists hail new tool to boost solar productivity

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Cheap optical concentrators in windows could quadruple power generation, says Glasgow Caledonian University

26 Aug 2014

Toyota revs up giant Welsh solar array

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Auto giant switches on system designed to meet 10 per cent of Deeside factory power demand

22 Aug 2014

How old car batteries could power solar panels that are more efficient

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MIT scientists recycle lead from batteries to form new perovskite solar cells

21 Aug 2014

Cameron defends latest proposed solar subsidy cuts

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Prime minister says solar power is 'priority' in renewable energy mix, but refuses to meet with industry to discuss looming subsidy changes

19 Aug 2014

Veolia seeks to turn rubbish dump into solar farm

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Plans submitted for 38MW solar array at disused clay quarry and landfill site

20 Aug 2014

How Sheffield Solar is shining a light on PV performance

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University-based Microgen Database compares real-world performance with predictions to help make the case for solar in the UK

18 Aug 2014

Government must tear down community energy barriers

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The latest challenges faced by community energy projects can be easily addressed - it is time for Ed Davey to act

15 Aug 2014

Green energy co-ops blocked by government regulator

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Financial Conduct Authority accused of undermining official policy by refusing new applications for community projects

15 Aug 2014

Citigroup: Solar set to shine as costs plummet

Mauritania solar pv plant - photo Clement Tardif-Masdar

Investment bank expects 'pure economics' of solar will allow technology to out-compete fossil fuels in the longer term

15 Aug 2014

UK renewables industry celebrates record start to 2014

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Government figures confirm renewables generation was up 43 per cent compared to first quarter of 2013

14 Aug 2014

Good Energy sells Norfolk solar farm amid subsidy cut threats

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China's Trina Solar agrees to buy West Raynham project with price dependent on meeting government's April deadline

14 Aug 2014

Coal generation down as Germany breaks yet another renewables record

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Green electricity meets 28 per cent of demand in first half of 2014

13 Aug 2014

UK breaks 5GW solar capacity milestone

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Solar panels can power six per cent of households according to NPD Solarbuzz, but Britain still trails far behind market leader China

12 Aug 2014

British Solar and Santander sell solar farms for £73m

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TRIG buys three solar farms as the market for completed projects heats up

08 Aug 2014

The solar damages case has major implications for policymakers

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Prospect Law explains why the solar industry's case against government feed-in tariff changes sets a precedent for policy

04 Aug 2014

Emerging markets to the fore as Pakistan's 100MW solar farm prepares for take-off

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Pakistan, Uruguay and Burkina Faso all report progress on flagship renewable energy projects

07 Aug 2014

Sheffield scientists hail 'spray-on solar' breakthrough

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Team hope to slash costs with development of spray-painted solar cells using perovskites

05 Aug 2014

Areva jettisons solar businesses

French company writes down €373m in closing loss-making concentrated solar power subsidiary

04 Aug 2014

Planning barriers dropped for large solar rooftop schemes

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Government unveils proposals that would see systems up to 1MW approved automatically in most circumstances

04 Aug 2014

Solar firms to sue government over subsidy cuts once again

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Solarcentury, Lark Energy, TGC Renewables, and Orta Solar Farms to seek judicial review over DECC plans to close Renewables Obligation to large solar farms

03 Aug 2014

Centrica snaps up America's Astrum Solar in £32m deal

Solar-powered home with rooftop solar panels

Energy giant's North American subsidiary, Direct Energy, enters US domestic solar market with latest acquisition

29 Jul 2014

BMW unveils robot-powering solar array

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Auto giant becomes the latest car manufacturer to install a giant solar array at its UK factory

29 Jul 2014

NextEnergy snaps up Suffolk solar farm for £18m

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Investment firm buys 14.9MW project, as Compton Solar Group secures planning permission for 45.7MW project in North Wales

29 Jul 2014

US solar tariffs on Chinese imports will 'hinder' deployment, industry warns

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Levies of more than 165 per cent imposed after anti-dumping complaint threaten to re-ignite US-China trade spat

28 Jul 2014

Bradford schools set to go solar

Castle school in Cambridge making use of solar panels

Council to issue up to 40 loans and technical support to help curb carbon emissions and energy bills

25 Jul 2014

Solar revenues set to double worldwide by 2020, analysts say

Solarcentury solar farm at tea plantation in Kenya

Frost & Sullivan predicts revenues will hit $137bn by the end of the decade as long as governments implement stable policies

25 Jul 2014

Modi doubles down on Indian solar revolution

Narendra Modi in Rewari at ex-servicemen rally - by Narendra Modi Flickr

New budget announces further support for solar projects, as government plans to double tax on coal

14 Jul 2014

BusinessGreen readers help send 730 solar lamps to Africa

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BusinessGreen Leaders Awards raises more than £2,000 for SolarAid

11 Jul 2014

Legal row escalates as solar firms slam government over "inflated" cost claims

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Lawyers reject government's claim that controversial cuts to solar subsidies saved households £50 a year

11 Jul 2014

High Court rules solar firms entitled to compensation over illegal subsidy cuts

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Solar companies to pursue claim for £132m after crucial ruling, as government signals that it will appeal against court decision

09 Jul 2014

Apple extends solar farm plans

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City of Claremont in North Carolina approves 100-acre, $55m solar farm plans from Apple to power its data centres

09 Jul 2014

British Gas backs innovative £60m community solar project

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New partnership between British Gas Solar, Generation Community and Social Finance aims to bring solar installations to public buildings across the UK

09 Jul 2014

Conergy lines up £200m solar investment following Lumicity acquisition

Conergy solar project in Germany

Solar farm developer underlines commitment to UK solar market with acquisition of 166MW project pipeline from Lumicity

09 Jul 2014

SolarAid slashes supply costs to power up Africa

Victor Koyier with the SunnyMoney team in Kenya

Charity reveals distribution costs have halved since 2012 as a result of growing demand for solar lamp technology

08 Jul 2014

Solar revolution drives negative electricity prices in Australia

Brixton solar rooftop scheme

Coal industry threatened by rooftop solar as it competes with daytime power provision

07 Jul 2014

Government and industry reveal fresh plans to help businesses embrace solar power

Bentley solar array at Crewe

Solarcentury unveils new approach to commercial solar installation, as government sets date for roundtable discussion to overcome barriers to deployment

07 Jul 2014

Cameron urged to overrule solar subsidy cuts

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More than 150 businesses call on government to revisit proposals to halt solar farm subsidies

07 Jul 2014

Yingli's World Cup goals include solar 'legacy'

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Chinese company is not only first renewable energy company to sponsor the World Cup, but also its first carbon-neutral sponsor

04 Jul 2014

Good Energy: Solar subsidy cuts threaten 70 per cent of pipeline

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Juliet Davenport warns government plans to halt Renewables Obligation next year will cause an investment hiatus

03 Jul 2014

Mayor Boris urged to kick start London 'solar revolution'

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Green Party says businesses in the capital should get more help to generate their own energy

03 Jul 2014

How tofu could help create the ultimate green solar panel

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Liverpool University scientists replace cadmium-containing salt with magnesium chloride to cut costs and toxins

01 Jul 2014

China boosts solar exports to developing countries as trade tension with US mounts

Mauritania solar pv plant - photo Clement Tardif-Masdar

United Nations report finds China accounts for around 30 per cent of renewable energy trade to developing nations as market expands

27 Jun 2014

Solar industry set to hit 9GW in rush to meet subsidy deadline

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Industry insiders predict changes solar developers could install 4-5GW over the next 12 months in a bid to avoid government policy changes

25 Jun 2014

Old coal mines set to be transformed into solar farms

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Anesco announces plans for up to 30MW of solar capacity at collieries in Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire

24 Jun 2014

Updated: High Court quashes Eric Pickles' solar farm block

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Judge rules against Secretary of State over Lark Energy's Ellough solar park in Suffolk

23 Jun 2014

SolarCity seeks to beat the grid by making its own panels

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SolarCity is doing something few solar installers would ever dream of: it's going to make its own cutting-edge solar panels to lower solar energy costs

20 Jun 2014

Which MP is the Cabinet's solar champion?

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Friends of the Earth compiles rankings of the sunniest Cabinet Ministers - and it's not good news for Ed Davey

20 Jun 2014

Abundance closes in on solar crowdfunding target

BNRG Gorse solar farm - photo Abundance Generation

Investors have pledged £665,000 towards the refinancing of two 249kW solar sites in Kent

20 Jun 2014

Labour: Government solar cuts could slash development pipeline by a third

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Shadow energy minister says government's own figures show changes to subsidies could reduce predicted deployment by 30 per cent

19 Jun 2014

Mini plant flicks switch on massive solar array

Solar panels on the new bodyshop at Mini plant Oxford

Oxford facility fits 3MW rooftop system across area the size of five football pitches

19 Jun 2014

Solarcentury inks first community solar deal

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Company selected to build 2.4MW Hampshire solar farm by West Solent Solar Cooperative

17 Jun 2014

Kenya shelves tax on solar power

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SolarAid drops price of solar lamps by 16 per cent following move by MPs to cut cost of renewable energy products

12 Jun 2014

Disruptive solar - has the race already been won?

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David Casale of clean tech-focused merchant bank Turquoise International argues that solar power could revolutionise the global energy market

10 Jun 2014

Pickles deals fresh blow to UK solar farm sector

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Communities Secretary blocks a further two solar farm projects, fuelling fears of a war on renewables

09 Jun 2014

Carbon calculator helps solar firms map environmental footprint

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New LCA To Go tool from Ecodesign Centre Wales aims to improve payback time for small solar arrays

09 Jun 2014

Giant Amanecer solar plant comes online in Chilean desert

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Power produced by new 100MW plant - thought to be largest in Latin America - purchased by metals company CAP Group

06 Jun 2014

Solar energy deployment hit record 38GW in 2013

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Industry figures shows China added more solar energy than all of Europe where subsidy cuts hampered installations

03 Jun 2014

Solar plane takes to the skies ahead of world record attempt

Solar Impulse 2 first flight over Payerne - photo Solar Impulse Revillard

Solar plane takes first step towards round-the-world mission by completing inaugural test flight in Switzerland

03 Jun 2014

Would a 'carbon tariff' on solar panels solve EU-China trade spat?

Solar manufacturing at Bosch

Researchers call for new tax that would take account of significantly bigger carbon footprint of Chinese solar modules

02 Jun 2014

Barclays downgrades US power sector over solar threat

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Move hailed as major milestone in transition towards distributed energy supplies and a low carbon economy

30 May 2014

US set to fit 6.6GW of solar over 2014 as residential market booms

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Industry figures show household PV systems overtook commercial installations for the first time in the first three months of 2014

29 May 2014

More than 200 solar farms face uncertain future if subsidies slashed

Going Solar rooftop installation in Ipswich

NPD Solarbuzz reveals there are 215 schemes in the pipeline that are larger than 5MW in capacity

23 May 2014

Williamson Tea bags East Africa's largest solar farm

Solarcentury solar farm at tea plantation in Kenya

New Solarcentury project in Changoi will reduce company's dependency on diesel and power from the grid

23 May 2014

Report: Newly-elected Modi aims to bring solar to every Indian home by 2019

Narendra Modi in Rewari at ex-servicemen rally - by Narendra Modi Flickr

Party official reveals ambition to scale up current national solar policy in drive to connect communities and create jobs

22 May 2014

Ingenious wraps up £27m financing for three solar parks

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Company secures £15m loan from Barclays to fund projects in Somerset, Dorset, and Hampshire set to power 4,000 homes

20 May 2014

Foresight Solar Fund closes £100m debt facility in bid to double capacity

Lightsource 5MW utility scale solar plant close to the village of Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire

Company inks deal with RBC, RBS and Santander as it moves to acquire 37MW Kencot solar farm in Oxfordshire

19 May 2014

Why we really need a stable solar strategy

Juliet Davenport Good Energy

Good Energy's Juliet Davenport argues solar can play a crucial role in a cost effective low carbon energy mix, but only if government stops chopping and changing policies

19 May 2014

China aims for 70GW of solar in race to ditch coal

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New target aims to more than triple current installed capacity as China continues clean energy investment drive

19 May 2014

Philippines cuts ribbon on first utility-scale solar farm

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President urges business and governments to end "wait-and-see attitude" and step up investments in clean energy

16 May 2014

Are solar farms really too costly for DECC's budget?

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Industry accuses government of over-inflating cost savings from scrapping existing subsidies and refusing to consider less drastic reforms

15 May 2014

Is the government balancing the budget books on solar's back?

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Leonie Greene of the Solar Trade Association accuses the government of using solar as the fall guy for its clean energy budget woes

15 May 2014

Solar subsidy review: The reaction

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"The government should be providing solid, stable support for such developments and not disadvantaging this growing sector"

14 May 2014

Solar industry once again falls victim to its own success

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Time after time the solar industry has been hit by policy changes designed to rein back investment, but it doesn't have to be this way

13 May 2014

Solar industry accuses government of attempting to "strangle" development pipeline

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But DECC insiders suggest ambition will actually increase, despite planning to close support for solar farms next year

13 May 2014

Breaking: DECC unveils shock changes to solar farm subsidies

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Government confirms drastic reforms to solar subsidy regime, as fears mount over impact of solar farm development on clean energy budget

13 May 2014

Subsidy review announcement threatens shake up for solar farms

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Controversial consultation on solar subsidies widely tipped to be published this week

13 May 2014

Is the EU over-stating the cost of wind and solar power?

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Greenpeace urges Commission officials to look again at falling costs of renewable energy technologies as it prepares 2030 climate package

13 May 2014

White House solar panels power up

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Barack Obama unveils new solar expansion plans as officials confirm White House panels are now operational

09 May 2014

Government ducks questions over controversial solar subsidy review

Lightsource 5MW utility scale solar plant close to the village of Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire

Response to parliamentary question confirms only that planned changes to solar subsidies are "intended" to take effect from next April

08 May 2014

Caroline Lucas slams prospect of "unjustified and harmful" solar subsidy review

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Green MP tables urgent parliamentary question calling on government to confirm it will maintain current levels of subsidy until April 2015

07 May 2014

Labour accuses government of "turning its fire" on the solar industry

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Shadow Energy Minister Julie Elliott warns lack of clarity over reported solar subsidy review "serves only to choke off investment and damage confidence"

02 May 2014

True Green nets $130m for solar portfolio

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Asset management firm says deal shows "immense potential" in distributed solar power

02 May 2014

Solar industry responds angrily to threat support will be "slashed"

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Industry demands urgent clarification on nature and scale of prospective changes to subsidy regime

30 Apr 2014

Concerns escalate over fresh solar subsidy reforms

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EXCLUSIVE: Imminent review of solar support schemes expected to tilt market in favour of large rooftop installations, but move fuels fears among solar farm developers

29 Apr 2014

UK solar market to lead Europe in 2014

Ketton cement works solar array

New NPD Solarbuzz figures suggest large scale solar farms will play a key role in efforts to hit 20GW goal by 2020

29 Apr 2014

Could 'solar-powered' kerosene hold key to greener jet fuel?

Solar reactor at the Solar Jet project

EU-backed research project produces first kerosene derived from solar-powered syngas

29 Apr 2014

Solar farm guidelines aim to help birds and bees

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New industry guidance comes as Climate Minister Greg Barker urges councils to ensure new developments are sensitively sited

28 Apr 2014

GE invests $24m in giant Indian solar plant

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Stake in Welspun Energy's 151MW Neemuch project is US company's first entry into Indian solar market

28 Apr 2014

Google puts another $100m into solar generation

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Search giant sets up third deal to finance domestic solar installations in the US as it continues to clean up its own energy supply

24 Apr 2014

RWE moves into UK solar with 37MW array

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German energy giant plans to install 144,000 panels on a former airbase in Oxfordshire

23 Apr 2014

Bloomberg ploughs $5m into off-grid African solar

Workers from Little Sun distributors Alight Little Sun Zimbabwe build a Little Sun shop in Chitungwiza.

Bloomberg Philanthropies to provide $5m loan to Little Sun as it seeks to replace the kerosene lamp across Africa

23 Apr 2014

White House promotes green power in solar summit

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New package of measures aims to deliver on president Obama's Climate Action Plan

22 Apr 2014

Solar Aid urges industry to help fuel African switch to renewables

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Charity offers new corporate opportunities to help it eradicate the kerosene lamp from Africa by 2020

17 Apr 2014

Prudential joins investors in backing NextEnergy's solar IPO

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NextEnergy confirms it has raised £85.5m, as Macquarie and Forrest offer free solar installations to businesses

16 Apr 2014

Abundance Generation launches new solar schools project

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Leading green crowd-funding platform promises seven per cent rate of return from latest solar rooftop project

15 Apr 2014

SolarAid launches solar recycling research initiative

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PhD project with University of Edinburgh to investigate how solar lights used in developing countries can be safely repaired and recycled

15 Apr 2014

Women in solar: does the industry need a skills strategy?

Solar panel at Fulston Manor in Kent

The Solar Trade Association's Leonie Greene urges government to help create a pool of talent, but could industry be doing more too?

15 Apr 2014

Solar Impulse unveils around-the-world solar plane

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Solar Impulse 2 sets March 2015 launch date for solar-powered circumnavigation of the globe

10 Apr 2014

An effective UK solar strategy means investor stability

Jaguar Land Rover installs UK's largest rooftop solar panel array at its engine manufacturing centre

Solar Trade Association's Leonie Greene welcomes the government's new strategy, but asks why Ministers have to detract from the launch by bashing solar farms?

08 Apr 2014

Could a solar-powered plane soon circumnavigate the globe?

Solar Impulse aircraft powered by solar power

Engineering giant signs up to Solar Impulse project to complete round-the-world solar powered flight

08 Apr 2014

Greg Barker: Solar energy should be default option for UK businesses

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Energy and Climate Change Minister says new strategy will provide a major boost to commercial solar rooftop sector

04 Apr 2014

UK Solar Strategy - At a glance

1MW solar array at Morrisons distribution centre in Bridgwater

From the goal of deploying 20GW of solar capacity to new plans for public sector buildings, we look at the main commitments from the government's new Solar Strategy

04 Apr 2014

Government to put rooftop "solar hubs" at heart of renewables strategy

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Department of Energy and Climate Change publishes long-awaited solar strategy

04 Apr 2014

Jaguar Land Rover flicks switch on UK's largest rooftop solar system

Jaguar Land Rover installs UK's largest rooftop solar panel array at its engine manufacturing centre

More than 21,000 panels set to provide 30 per cent of new Engine Manufacturing Centre's energy requirements

04 Apr 2014

How SunnyMoney sold one million solar lamps in Africa

Victor Koyier with the SunnyMoney team in Kenya

SolarAid hits major milestone on its path to eradicating the kerosene lamp in Africa

03 Apr 2014

Solar sector beats floods to install 1GW before April subsidy cuts

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News comes as Greg Barker and Michael Gove launch campaign to encourage more schools to fit solar arrays

03 Apr 2014

Foresight Solar Fund adds 40MW of solar capacity to UK grid

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Investment company flicks switch on three solar projects worth a combined £51m

01 Apr 2014

Southend Airport lands solar system on terminal roof

London Southend Airport - photo Photon Energy

Almost 500 solar panels will provide electricity for terminal shops and cafés while avoiding 1,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions

28 Mar 2014

Balcombe residents ditch fracking for solar power

Repower Balcombe cooperative

New co-operative aims to install £300,000 worth of solar arrays in and around village

27 Mar 2014

Jeremy Leggett on the solar solutions to Africa's energy problems

Jeremy Leggett with school children in Kenya

SolarAid chairman Jeremy Leggett writes about the three days he spent with the SunnyMoney team in Kenya and Zambia

27 Mar 2014

Yingli retains top spot in solar crystalline PV manufacturing

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Trina closes in on Yingli's lead in 2013 as photovoltaic market recovers from recession

27 Mar 2014

Commercial solar hits grid parity in Germany, Italy, and Spain

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Study finds low installation costs are enabling solar PV to compete on price with grid electricity

21 Mar 2014

Concentrated solar to top 1GW capacity by 2020

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New report predicts further market consolidation

20 Mar 2014

Women in Solar: SunnyMoney's Linda Wamune

Linda Wamune operations director of SunnyMoney Kenya office

Sunny Money's head of operations in Kenya explains how solar lamps are helping to transform people's lives

18 Mar 2014

Good Energy trials 'feed-in tariff made easy' app

Solar panels on urban roof

Technology promises to help customers record and submit meter readings without need for lengthy online forms

18 Mar 2014

From mines to megawatts: The promise of 'conflict-free Big Solar'

Masdar solar farm

Millions of acres of degraded terrain could hold 100 times the current US solar capacity - and avert the environmental tradeoffs of blockbuster solar projects

14 Mar 2014

Is Europe letting its solar market leadership slip?

Solar panels in the Canaries

Europe's solar market may be slowing at a time when huge opportunities for the technology are popping up all around the world

10 Mar 2014

Why more women should work in the solar sector

Susannah Wood of Solarcentury

Solarcentury's Susannah Wood says women would be wrong to think the solar industry is full of macho men or grungy engineers

08 Mar 2014

Solar subsidies are a catalyst, not a crutch, says Enphase chief

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Microinverter company believes technology can compete on its own merits and says falling costs will continue to drive growth in traditional markets

07 Mar 2014

Could Big Ben get a solar makeover?

Big Ben photo by UK Parliament

Parliament confirms it is considering installing solar panels on the clock face and insulating the Palace with sheep's wool

07 Mar 2014

Solar industry urges EU to rethink subsidy restrictions

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European solar industry predicts planned auctions could derail efforts to hit 2020 renewable energy goals

03 Mar 2014

Bloomberg: Solar installations set to hit record 45GW this year

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Industry expects rapid growth as Chinese market thrives and problems posed by panel glut recede

27 Feb 2014

Lightsource continues expansion drive with rooftop solar acquisition

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Solar developer announces acquisition of Renewable Resources as it seeks to strengthen team offering rooftop installations to corporate customers

25 Feb 2014

Hounslow Council brands solar panels a threat to future generations

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Couple told to pull down £20,000 development despite being encouraged by local council to go ahead

21 Feb 2014

DECC rejects call for subsidy deadline extension for flood-hit solar parks

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Industry warns weather could delay connections needed for higher ROC payments, but government rules out extension

19 Feb 2014

India unveils latest phase in solar master plan, as trade spat escalates

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Government announces four new solar mega-projects, as US steps up calls for WTO action

19 Feb 2014

Google backs study on economic benefits of solar lamps

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SolarAid secures funding to conduct two-year study to understand how renewable energy can improve lives in Kenya

17 Feb 2014

World's largest solar thermal project heats up in the Californian desert

Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System

Ivanpah concentrated solar power project comes online, offering 392MW of capacity

17 Feb 2014

Foresight Solar Fund snaps up 10.7MW Hunters Race project

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West Sussex development is the seventh solar farm to be added to Foresight's £150m portfolio

14 Feb 2014

How online maps can speed up solar site selection

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National Land Realty's mapping tool can identify prospective sites in weeks, rather than months

12 Feb 2014

Lightsource closes financing for latest solar farm

Lightsource 5MW utility scale solar plant close to the village of Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire

Investec Bank provides first construction debt finance deal to support development of 19MW project

11 Feb 2014

US homeowners offered crowdsourced solar loans

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New financing initiative aims to drive adoption of domestic solar panels

06 Feb 2014

REC to focus on commercial solar after selling residential arm

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US installer to concentrate on corporates and public agency customers after deal with Sunrun

06 Feb 2014

IKEA to light up refugee camps through new solar campaign

Jahed uses Ikea solar lamp

Retail giant to donate €1 for solar lighting in refugee camps for every LED lightbulb sold until April

05 Feb 2014

India maps out ‘ultra mega’ solar power project

Masdar solar farm

Record-breaking 4GW plant to be build in two phases over seven years at a cost of $4.4bn

05 Feb 2014

World's largest solar bridge boils 79,000 cups of tea

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Commuters travelling into London Blackfriars celebrated the opening of a major new solar powered which produces energy for up to half of the station

04 Feb 2014

SolarCoin promises solar energy producers new incentives

Israel's first photovoltaic power plant Ketura Sun installed by Siemens

Bitcoin-style digital currency aims to help mobilise investment in new solar projects

03 Feb 2014

Kuala Lumpur airport lands 19MW solar system

SunEdison and MAHB Announce First Malaysian Solar Installation at KLI.

Largest connected installation in Malaysia comes as countries all over the globe boost solar capacity

30 Jan 2014

Conergy acquires 100MW of solar farms from stricken Wirol

Conergy solar project in Germany

Purchase sees company more than double portfolio as it eyes future expansion

28 Jan 2014

Foresight on track to complete £150m solar farm investment

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New solar fund says investment round will be completed by the end of the first quarter

28 Jan 2014

Solar power: Not just for rooftops

Planet Solar's solar catamaran docks in Abu Dhabi

BusinessGreen looks at the many innovative ways solar photovoltaics are being deployed to help boost energy security and cut carbon

27 Jan 2014

Communities to be offered shares in wind and solar farms

Brixton solar rooftop scheme

Energy and Climate Change Secretary says community energy will no longer be 'policy footnote' in government

27 Jan 2014

NextEnergy aims to raise £150m solar fund through London listing

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Company intends to tap into growing institutional investor interest in UK solar

24 Jan 2014

Solarcentury and Network Rail push button on world’s largest solar bridge

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Blackfriars station secures half its power from solar panels as pioneering solar roof comes online

22 Jan 2014

Blackfriars Solar Bridge - in pictures

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Network Rail has opened the world's largest solar powered bridge in the heart of London

22 Jan 2014

Japan enjoys solar boom as nearly 4GW of capacity comes online

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Government figures show 3,993MW of solar PV capacity added over a seven month period

22 Jan 2014

Kingspan launches solar-for-business division

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Kingspan Energy aims to help make solar technology deployment "effortless" for UK firms

21 Jan 2014

Low Carbon and Macquarie fuel solar boom with latest phase of 300MW expansion plan

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Two further UK solar farms announced as investors back fast-expanding industry

17 Jan 2014

Hampshire solar park secures planning green light

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Invitations for tender expected for new 37MW solar farm as planning approval granted

16 Jan 2014

Shock-warning - The Energy of Nations and the prospect of economic catastrophe

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Jeremy Leggett's new book warns things could "get much worse before they get better" - it is a sobering alarm call about the very real prospects of oil shocks and climate crises

15 Jan 2014

UK solar panels reach half a million rooftop milestone

Man installing solar panels photo by Green MPs on Flickr

Government figures suggest British solar industry past major landmark last week, as installers work towards delivering one million roofs by 2015

14 Jan 2014

New York to boost community solar market in state-wide drive

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo's latest State of the State address includes plan to reduce "soft costs" of solar power for schools

14 Jan 2014

Eneco seeks to partner with corporate solar projects

Amonix solar panels

Dutch wind power developer buys Swindon solar plant to power Honda factory

10 Jan 2014

Is solar PV on the brink of a second 'gold rush'?

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Deutsche Bank predicts surge in demand for solar PV led by fast-expanding domestic market

08 Jan 2014

Reports: China prepares solar industry shake-up

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Government reaffirms long term commitment to solar industry, but reforms promise significant market consolidation

08 Jan 2014

US judge rules in favour of solar power over gas

Israel's first photovoltaic power plant Ketura Sun installed by Siemens

Court ruling in Minnesota recommends Xcel Energy purchase new capacity from Geronimo's planned solar farms

06 Jan 2014

Ford debuts C-MAX Solar Energi concept car

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Auto giant unveils "sun-powered" car with integrated rooftop solar panel

03 Jan 2014

Trina set to build giant 1GW solar farm in Western China

150000 solar PV panels installed at Greenough River Solar Farm

Solar panel manufacturer hoping to start work on 1GW project early this year

02 Jan 2014

How to go from a shipping container to a solar farm in 30 minutes

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UK start-up Renovagen touts innovative new flexible solar design that promises to cut the cost of off-grid power

30 Dec 2013

Solar and smart grid SMEs secure £1.7m from East Anglia University

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Push Energy, AMiHo and GEO latest to benefit form Low Carbon Innovation fund

30 Dec 2013

Scottish solar industry hits 100MW milestone

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WWF joins Solar Energy Group to call on government to boost market for solar pv

27 Dec 2013

Fort Collins aims to plant seeds for 'solar garden'

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Colorado city reveals ambitious plans to slash emissions and embed clean technologies across the community

24 Dec 2013

Africa's lighting must move off-grid to succeed

Child does homework with solar lamp

The Global Off-Grid Lighting Association outlines progress at recent talks to develop an efficient lighting strategy for West Africa

23 Dec 2013

Is the government missing the plot on solar power?

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker and Paul Barwell of the STA

Leonie Greene says the bottom-up solar revolution is a global story but worries DECC is still ignoring its potential

20 Dec 2013

Use less to create more – and reap the rewards

Peter Sermon of Solarcentury

Big Yellow Self storage has slashed energy bills and boosted its reputation with investors through a series of green measures, says Peter Sermon

19 Dec 2013

SolarCity brings power to schools in developing regions

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By creating a foundation, SolarCity plans to bring light to rural villages outside the US with solar and back-up battery systems

18 Dec 2013

Concentrated solar scheme debuts in Lincolnshire

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Larkfleet Group installs demonstration project to test technology in British winter

17 Dec 2013

Sharp to stop solar production at Wrexham factory

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Electronics giant blames sharp drop in the price of panels since 2012 for making plant uncompetitive

17 Dec 2013

Welcome to the BusinessGreen Solar Hub

Israel's first photovoltaic power plant Ketura Sun installed by Siemens

Launched in association with Solarcentury and SolarAid, our new hub will bring together the very best coverage of one the world's brightest clean tech sectors

16 Dec 2013

Greg Barker predicts solar resurgence in 2014

Greg Barker Climate Change Minister

Climate Change Minister pledges to knock down barriers faced by "under-deployed" commercial solar rooftop sector

16 Dec 2013

Jeremy Leggett: It's flattering when people dismiss solar power

Jeremy Leggett founder and chairman of Solarcentury

The founder of SolarAid pays tribute to Hermann Scheer, the architect of the feed-in tariff

16 Dec 2013

Climate Change Minister warns industry over 'monster solar farms'

Lightsource 5MW utility scale solar plant close to the village of Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire

Greg Barker says inappropriately sited projects could destroy good reputation currently enjoyed by sector

16 Dec 2013

Micropower Council to rebrand as Sustainable Energy Association

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EXCLUSIVE: Organisation says new name aims to reflect tightening integration between microgenerators, energy efficiency, and smart grids

16 Dec 2013

Poll: Public prefers green energy investments to fossil fuels

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Survey reveals renewable energy is second only to property as Britons' preferred investment area - and is the most popular category with young people

13 Dec 2013

Abundance unveils £1.13m solar crowdfunding scheme

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Latest initiative offers investors inflation-linked returns on debentures to refinance three solar energy projects

12 Dec 2013

Solar park powers forward in David Cameron’s constituency

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Solarcentury's 13.4MW solar farm in Eynsham, Oxfordshire gets green light from local councilors

12 Dec 2013

Solar panels: Best thing since sliced bread?

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Greggs installs fleet of photovoltaic panels to cut emissions by 600 tonnes per year

11 Dec 2013

Will your company be powered by Tesla?

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Leading US clean tech pioneers team up to offer businesses access to energy storage systems

09 Dec 2013

Quercus ups UK solar stake with £300m acquisition

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Luxembourg-based management company acquires 254MW pipeline of projects following on from 14MW Cornish purchase

03 Dec 2013

Government boosts funding for African solar project

Child does homework with solar lamp

SolarAid confirms Department for International Development funding, as Macquarie Capital and Low Carbon fund £29m in new solar projects

29 Nov 2013

Anyone fancy some free power?

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Clean energy is healthier, better for the planet, and free - supporters should step up efforts to promote its benefits

02 Dec 2013

New York City to ramp up green power with giant solar array

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Mayor Bloomberg earmarks 47-acre site on Staten Island for planned solar system that is expected to power more than 2,000 homes

27 Nov 2013

The BusinessGreen guide to installing corporate solar arrays - part two

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In the second part of the series, BusinessGreen Plus asks industry experts what companies can expect when installing solar systems

10 Apr 2013

The BusinessGreen guide to installing corporate solar arrays - part one

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In the first in a two part series, BusinessGreen Plus explores what companies need to know when considering onsite solar installations

09 Apr 2013

The world's five coolest solar projects

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Office blocks, bridges and canals have all been transformed by solar systems

11 Apr 2013

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