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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

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

Could DECC cut solar farm subsidies yet again?

Officials insists there are 'currently no plans' to reduce support for smaller solar farms, but ministerial statement leaves door open for pre-election cuts

Have your say 23 Oct 2014

Seven questions for Liz Truss' solar farm crackdown

Defra's plans to reduce CAP payments for farmers installing solar arrays raise more questions than answers

Have your say 21 Oct 2014

Solar panels powering classrooms for 2.7 million US students

New research reveals solar installations at US schools have expanded more than 1,000-fold over the past decade, slashing carbon emissions and energy costs in the process

Have your say 21 Oct 2014

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

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

Have your say 17 Oct 2014

SolarCity offers $200m green bonds

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

Have your say 16 Oct 2014

Renewable Energy Association and Solar Trade Association to split

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

Have your say 13 Oct 2014

IEA: Renewables could power prosperity in Africa

Unlocking huge hydro and solar resources, as well as wind and geothermal, key to driving economic growth, International Energy Agency says

Have your say 13 Oct 2014

Stable economic and political frameworks can drive the solar energy sector

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

Have your say 13 Oct 2014

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

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

Have your say 10 Oct 2014

Kingspan touts £5bn solar power savings for UK businesses

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

Have your say 09 Oct 2014

Solar Schools educating green energy investors

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

Have your say 08 Oct 2014

Solar power market could hit 200GW milestone by year end

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

Have your say 07 Oct 2014

How IKEA is furnishing customers with greener lifestyles

Swedish retailer is building on €1.5bn green energy investment to bring sustainable living to more than a billion customers across the world

Have your say 07 Oct 2014

Global clean energy investment rallies, but UK market plummets

UK clean energy investment drops from $3.1bn a year ago to $789m, despite global recovery in investment levels

Have your say 02 Oct 2014

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

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

Have your say 02 Oct 2014

Iconic London phone boxes inspire first 'solarbox'

Traditional phone box on Tottenham Court Road given green makeover, as it is converted into a free solar-powered mobile phone charging point

Have your say 01 Oct 2014

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