Solar PV articles

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.

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Prudential joins investors in backing NextEnergy's solar IPO

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

Have your say 16 Apr 2014

Abundance Generation launches new solar schools project

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

Have your say 15 Apr 2014

SolarAid launches solar recycling research initiative

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

Have your say 15 Apr 2014

Solar Impulse unveils around-the-world solar plane

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

Have your say 10 Apr 2014

The green home market is poised for take-off, clean tech firms need to crank up the heat

The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive is the final piece in the jigsaw for the government's green home package - green businesses need to respond

Have your say 09 Apr 2014

New government fund backs green community projects

New report shows benefits of government-backed responsible investment fund

Have your say 09 Apr 2014

An effective UK solar strategy means investor stability

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?

Have your say 08 Apr 2014

Could a solar-powered plane soon circumnavigate the globe?

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

Have your say 08 Apr 2014

Lightsource debuts commercial rooftop division

New division aims to help businesses cut energy bills by up to 20 per cent

Have your say 07 Apr 2014

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

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

Have your say 04 Apr 2014

UK Solar Strategy - At a glance

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

Have your say 04 Apr 2014

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

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

Have your say 04 Apr 2014

Five finance models bringing clean power to the people

From no-money-down storage to crowdfunded solar, financial innovation is making renewable energy more accessible than ever

Have your say 04 Apr 2014

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

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

Have your say 04 Apr 2014

How SunnyMoney sold one million solar lamps in Africa

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

Have your say 03 Apr 2014

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

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

Have your say 03 Apr 2014

PassivSystems eyes £12m IPO

Smart energy services company set to float on the AIM market in April

Have your say 01 Apr 2014

Bring home the revolution

Steven McNab and Jessica Holt describe the energy revolution that will bring renewable energy to the people

Have your say 31 Mar 2014

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