Co-location of solar and storage may accelerate the deployment of profitable merchant renewable energy projects in the United Kingdom, according to a report by Aurora Energy Research. The study predicts installed solar capacity in the U.K. may increase from around 13 GW next year to 19 GW in 2030 and 32 GW in 2040.
PV Magazine 18th Sept 2019 read more »
THE Solar Trade Association of Scotland held its annual conference last week in Edinburgh. At it, Newton Property Management presented a reality check on the situation regarding installation of solar (PV) systems on to properties, including blocks of flats. The association is a diverse group of businesses that encompass manufacturers, suppliers, installers and energy consultants – and if we are going to swiftly move the country to being carbon neutral and neutralise the energy consumed by some of our many blocks of flats, we face a real problem unless we start thinking radically about the laws governing what can be done with these properties. And to who, or what percentage of the ownership will agree to installing all kinds of renewable power generation. The potential for Scotland is huge. Tenements could generate electricity – yes even on a dull day! Solar panels, combined with battery storage could form a Virtual Power Plant, allowing energy to be harvested and stored on a local level, street by street and released into the local grid where it is needed. Thomas McMillan, vice chair of the Solar Trade Association Scotland has noted: “The Tenements (Scotland) Act is one such area which the STA would like the Scottish government to look at, so that the rollout of solar is not unnecessarily hindered by outdated legislation.” Take a standard tenement. Currently, if you want to add something that wasn’t there before, you must get a unanimous decision from all eight owners. Otherwise you’re looking at a convoluted legal process that involves lands tribunals or changes to title deeds. The very thought is enough to put most people off even trying.
Herald 18th Sept 2019 read more »