Northern Irish utility turns to solar to save £500,000 each year

Northern Ireland’s NI Water has started work on a 5MW solar farm which it says will save the utility more than £500,000 in energy costs each year.

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Engie races to complete 14.2MW NI solar farm

ENGIE Fabricom is aiming to complete a 14.2MW solar farm in Northern Ireland by February 2018 in one of the last projects to be built before the final deadline of the region’s Renewables Obligation a month later.

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Batteries help enable Britain’s first subsidy-free solar farm

UK-based renewables developer Anesco says the inclusion of battery storage has been central to the economic viability of the country’s first subsidy-free solar farm, a 10MW site the company has just unveiled in the east of England.

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Aberla sets sights on grid-parity solar and ‘booming’ storage

Aberla’s new leadership is targeting significant growth in both solar and storage markets, considering the former to be at grid-parity and the latter to be “on the cusp of a boom”.

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Scotland’s ‘largest’ solar farm approved with more to follow from Elgin

Plans for the largest solar farm in Scotland have been approved, allowing Elgin Energy to construct what is expected to be a subsidy-free 20MW development on the north coast.

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Hive readies ‘subsidy free’ solar farm for summer 2018 build

Hive Energy has revealed it is planning to build a solar farm in the UK without subsidy support next summer.

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NextEnergy sets sights on subsidy-free solar with development project purchase

NextEnergy Solar Fund has announced its intention to develop subsidy-free solar in the UK by acquiring nearly 60MW of development projects.

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ESB and Bord na Móna commit €10 million to joint solar developments

ESB and Bord na Móna have announced a joint development agreement to deliver solar farms across Ireland, with grid connections already lodged for sites in Roscommon, Offaly and Kildare.

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Wirsol opens Australia office, to relocate UK staff following ‘landmark’ finance deal

Solar company Wirsol is to open an office in Australia and relocate some of its UK-based staff there after clinching what it has described as a “landmark” finance deal.

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Amarenco lands Prudential backing for UK, Ireland and France solar JV

Irish renewables firm Amarenco has partnered with Infracapital, the infrastructure investment arm of Prudential company M&G Investments, to develop utility-scale renewables in the UK, Ireland and France.

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‘Cash for ash’ scandal heaping scrutiny on future Ireland solar schemes

The infamous ‘cash for ash’ Northern Ireland RHI scandal which brought down the country’s government has heaped scrutiny on the Republic’s looming solar support schemes.

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