The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) Scotland Forum has published a report outlining the scale of UK Government cuts to renewable energy subsidies in the past year which now jeopardise the ongoing low carbon revolution in Scotland. And the report urges the next Scottish Government to concentrate on support for solar energy – an area of renewable energy where Scotland lags behind other parts of the UK. The Solar Trade Association has suggested a 2020 target of 2GW for solar PV (compared with around 180MW already installed), and 141MWth for solar thermal, while renewable consultants Sgurr Energy have suggested that raising Scotland’s solar ambition to 2GW is possible and could get Scotland close to its 100% renewable target by 2020.
Scottish Energy News 14th April 2016 read more »
A new report has called for the next Scottish government to tap into the potential for solar deployment within local authority areas, which it says could play a pivotal role in achieving the country’s renewable energy consumption targets. The briefing from Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) claims local authorities are still supportive of deploying solar panels, despite subsidy cuts damaging the financial case to do so. It adds that while many have been installing solar PV on social housing due to what was an attractive feed-in tariff, recent cuts have caused only a short hiatus in new projects while councils adjust to the new support framework. These findings support comments made recently by councillor Alan Clark of Nottingham City Council, who said: “The change in FiT has hit our ability to meet our ambitions. That was clearly a blow to us as much as it anyone else in this field. But we are determined to continue to install renewable energy wherever we can make the business case.”
Solar Power Portal 13th April 2016 read more »
The UK’s solar panels have generated more electricity than coal in a full day for the first time ever, Carbon Brief analysis shows. On Saturday 9 April, solar generated 29 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity, 4% of the total used that day and more than the 21GWh output from coal (3% of demand). This pattern was repeated on Sunday, with solar (6%) outpacing coal (3%). The milestone is largely symbolic. Solar output had already started regularly topping coal during the middle of the day. And it has yet to overtake coal across a full week, month or year.
Carbon Brief 13th April 2016 read more »
Guardian 13th April 2016 read more »
The Solar Trade Association (STA) has launched a campaign aimed at highlighting the aesthetic prowess of modern solar installations, in an attempt to promote the number of installations on old and new buildings.
Edie 13th April 2016 read more »