United Kingdom

UK community energy projects: a viable way forward?

Given that the U.K.’s policy support for the solar industry has waned significantly, pv magazine explores whether community energy projects can offer a viable solution for the sector.

Sadiq Khan puts forward London Community Energy Fund in a bid to encourage locally created solar energy sources.

With the aim of producing 2 GW of installed capacity by 2050, the Mayor sets out his vision to reduce emissions in London to make it a cleaner space for people to live, and a more energy efficient city in general.

Clean Growth Strategy: has solar become a dirty word for UK government?

The £2.5 billion Clean Growth Strategy makes no direct mention of solar power, despite explicitly laying out support for numerous policies that will rely – directly or indirectly – on the presence of PV, such as EV charging, property retrofits and green mortgages.

Solar again overlooked in UK’s £557m clean energy support package

Confirmation of sizeable financial support for offshore wind, marine power, biomass CHP and energy from waste welcomed by renewable energy groups, but government’s solar blind spot continues.


Drax teams with Sheffield Uni on battery research drive

British power group sponsoring three PhD projects at the University of Sheffield to support research designed to revolutionize country’s energy future.

Sheffield set to welcome UK’s first mega-battery plant

Sheffield will host Britain’s first industrial-scale battery plant, in a bid to help the grid adopt to the rapidly increasing amount of renewable power in the U.K.

UK: EVs will not alter peak demand hugely if smart charging in place, says National Grid

A presentation by the National Grid, owner and operator of Britain’s transmission grid, at last week’s UK Solar and Storage show in Birmingham shed light on the potential impact of a widespread EV roll-out to the country’s electricity demand.


UK’s new Faraday Institution to invest £65m in energy storage research

As part of the government’s £246 million drive to augment its battery and energy storage knowledge and network, the new Faraday Institution will deliver steady funding to some of the country’s leading universities to support their storage research.


Interview: Anesco talks about its subsidy-free solar plans for the UK

British renewable energy developer Anesco this week commissioned the U.K.’s first large-scale, subsidy-free solar farm. pv magazine talks to Anesco Executive Chairman Steve Shine to learn more about the project, and the company’s future plans.

easyJet eyes battery-powered short haul flights within decade

The U.K.-based low-cost airline believes it could operate electric flights under two hours in duration within the decade, having partnered with U.S. firm Wright Electric to develop a battery-propelled aircraft.