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Solar Photovoltaic (PV) - The most popular form of solar technology, solar PV cells convert the sun's rays into usable electricity. The technology is used in a variety of applications, ranging from utility scale solar farms to on-building solar panels and device integrated solar cells. The technology has been previously hampered by relatively high costs and low levels of conversion efficiency, but economies of scale and nano-technology breakthroughs have led to a drastic reduction in the cost of solar energy. Some experts predict solar PV systems will be cost competitive with fossil fuels by the end of the decade.

Latest - Solar PV

Green energy from farms could power 1.3 million homes

Industry coalition says 10GW of potential could be tapped to help UK meet its renewable energy targets without impacting agricultural production

Have your say 21 Nov 2014

Eight19 grows funding for organic photovoltaics with £1m investment

Financing round led by IP Group plc promises significant boost for UK developer of flexible and lightweight solar cells

Have your say 20 Nov 2014

SunEdison to become 'world's largest' clean energy developer with $2.4bn First Wind deal

Solar company moves into the wind market after signing 'definitive agreement' to purchase First Wind

Have your say 19 Nov 2014

Cisco, 3M, NatGeo illuminate solar as an employee benefit

Kimberly-Clark and Johnson & Johnson are also among those joining with Geostellar to make solar more affordable and accessible

Have your say 14 Nov 2014

A broader and bolder vision for community solar

Leonie Greene of the Solar Trade Association welcomes new plans to boost community ownership of solar projects, but warns against side-lining alternative mechanisms for encouraging community engagement

Have your say 12 Nov 2014

Ford to debut wind and solar powered dealers

Innovative new US partnership with Wind Energy Corporation aims to slash emissions of auto dealers

Have your say 12 Nov 2014

Indian government confirms renewables has key role in $250bn energy investment push

Energy Minister reveals government plans to mobilise $100bn investment in renewables over the next five years

Have your say 06 Nov 2014

The national interest demands it, let's ban golf courses

Liz Truss' campaign to boost UK food security is heading for the bunker, unless she moves urgently to tackle the golf blight

Have your say 05 Nov 2014

Defra dodges questions over solar farm impact on livestock production

Farming Minister again forced to admit that government does not have an estimate on how many solar farms are co-located on grazing land

Have your say 05 Nov 2014

Scottish wind energy exceeds domestic power demand

New analysis from WWF Scotland reveals last month the country's wind turbines provided enough power to meet more than 100 per cent of demand from Scottish households

Have your say 04 Nov 2014

John Smiths raises glass to UK's largest solar brewery

Over 4,000 panels installed on Tadcaster brewery as part of company's push to cut emissions 40 per cent by 2020

Have your say 03 Nov 2014

Row ignites over BPVA Powering Knowledge solar schools campaign

Friends of the Earth rejects claim it is 'working closely' with controversial trade association, as row sparks host of questions over schools-focused lead generation initiative

Have your say 31 Oct 2014

Friends of the Earth distances itself from BPVA Powering Knowledge solar schools campaign

NGO says it is not 'working closely' with trade association, despite BPVA's claims to the contrary

Have your say 31 Oct 2014

IKEA goes Dutch with solar retail offer

Retail giant extends Hanergy partnership to bring solar offer to the Netherlands

Have your say 29 Oct 2014

Defra admits it has no idea about size of solar farm impact on food production

Written ministerial answer confirms no estimate has been produced as to the amount of land taken out of fruit and veg production to make way for solar farms

Have your say 28 Oct 2014

Fresh reports reveal how solar and wind are closing in on grid parity

Rooftop solar set to be as cheap as grid energy in all 50 US states by 2016, while forecasts for huge wind energy growth raise prospects of falling costs

Have your say 28 Oct 2014

M&S installing UK's largest rooftop solar PV system

Project to fit 24,272 panels on distribution centre will make building almost energy self-sufficient during the day

Have your say 23 Oct 2014

Hanergy revs up energy storage with Williams F1 technology

Company signs deal to work on two projects with Williams to extend applications for solar systems

Have your say 23 Oct 2014

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