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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Joint venture to deliver 200MW of solar to Ireland with O&M opportunity

BNRG Renewables has partnered with global French renewable energy developer Neoen to develop 23 solar projects in Ireland in a joint venture expected to invest €220m.

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UK Solar year in review: November to December

As an intriguing year for UK solar concludes, Solar Power Portal looks back at some of the most interesting, popular and important news stories of the last 12 months. Today, we look at November and December.

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The time is right for solar in Ireland, claim leading figures

The development of solar in the Republic of Ireland will benefit from the late introduction of a support scheme compared to other markets and improve public opinion of renewables, according to leading figures in the sector speaking at last week’s Solar PV Ireland event.

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