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All the latest news and analysis on the solar power market

BusinessGreen's Solar Hub, in partnership with SolarAid and Solarcentury, brings you all the latest news and analysis from one of the most promising sectors of the low carbon economy.

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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?

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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

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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'

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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?

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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

Met Office solar scheme

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

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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

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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

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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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