UK

Octopus adds 300,000 customers and launches community energy JV
Another large scale transaction by the electricity and gas supplier has enhanced its standing in the U.K. energy market, with the business now counting more than one million customers.
Sep 1, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, UK, Europe, London, Octopus Energy, Midcounties Co-operative, Co-op Energy, Phil Ponsonby
ReVision Energy installs 130.6-kW of rooftop solar for Boys & Girls Club
The Boys & Girls Club of Manchester has transitioned to solar energy. ReVision Energy installed 408 solar panels this summer on three rooftops, at the Union Street Clubhouse (81.3 kW) in Manchester, New Hampshire, and the Pool House and Stebbins Family Hall buildings at Camp Foster in Bedford (49.3 kW).
Aug 26, 2019 // Rooftop PV, UK, Europe, Boys & Girls Club of Manchester, ReVision Energy, rooftop solar, Diane Fitzpatrick
European subsidy-free markets have ‘developed rapidly’, investor says
One of Europe’s leading utility-scale solar investors has said that the continent’s subsidy-free solar market has “developed rapidly” in recent months.
Aug 22, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Tariffs, UK, Europe, subsidy-free, Foresight Solar Fund, NextEnergy Solar Fund
Actis bags US$1.23bn for new clean energy investment fund
London-based renewables investor Actis has raised US$1.23 billion for a new investment fund destined for existing infrastructure assets in emerging markets, starting with its own 100MW PV plant in Chile.
Aug 20, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, UK, SunPower, Chile, PV plant, Engie Energía, London, Actis, ALLIF
UK energy company loses license over unpaid renewables obligations
URE Energy repeatedly missed deadlines to settle a £209,000 bill after it failed to source enough of the electricity it supplied two years ago from renewable generation.
Aug 16, 2019 // Plants, UK, Ofgem, URE Energy, ROCs, license, Eversmart Energy, Solarplicity
UK post-subsidy solar pipeline swells to 5GW
The UK’s post-subsidy large-scale solar pipeline has swelled to more than 5GW after a flurry of activity in the first half of 2019.
Aug 12, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, UK, Europe, post-subsidy solar, ground-mount, PERC panels, multi panels
‘Unprecedented’ collaboration between EV manufacturers could launch large-scale transition
Energy analysts from the United Kingdom have found that many of the world’s largest car manufacturers that are launching EVs, or looking to launch EVs, are engaged in an “unprecedented” level of collaboration in order to share the costs and risks inherent in EV development. Cornwall Insight found that the collaboration could see a major boom in supply from the early 2020s.
Aug 8, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Storage, Transport, Toyota, UK, Hyundai, Transport, EV development, Cornwall Insight, Tom Lusher
Solar-plus-storage grid parity sweeps through top EU markets
The costs of residential solar-plus-storage have already dropped or will only take a few years to drop to nation-wide grid averages across key European markets, according to Wood Mackenzie.
Aug 7, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Residential, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Policy, ENERGY STORAGE, Spain, France, Germany, UK, Italy, Wood Mackenzie, Europe, solar-plus-storage, energy storage economics, solar economics, woodmac, stats, analysis
Lightsource BP proposes 100 MW solar farm in South Australia
U.K. solar developer Lightsource BP plans to host a community information event in the town of Mannum, South Australia, to outline a proposal to fund, build and operate a 100 MW solar project.
Aug 5, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Solar, UTILITY-SCALE SOLAR, UK, Lightsource BP, South Australia, Adam Pegg, Europe, shell
Understanding solid state degradation
Scientists at the U.K.’s Faraday Institution have been able to observe degradation mechanisms at the lithium metal anode in a solid state battery, and made several discoveries which could improve the performance and design of future solid-state lithium-ion batteries.
Aug 5, 2019 // Technology, Storage, Lithium-ion batteries, storage, UK, Oxford University, Tony Harper, Europe
Reform power billing or risk hindering clean energy, Spain told
Spain has an opportunity in its upcoming reform of electricity charging to clear hurdles for self-consumption and electric vehicles (EVs), according to national PV body UNEF.
Jul 22, 2019 // Tariffs, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, France, Greece, Germany, UNEF, UK, Italy, CNMC, Europe