UK’s large-scale solar ‘could cost less than £40/MWh by 2030’. The Solar Trade Association says the government must introduce supportive policies to help the technology realise its full potential. That’s the verdict from the Solar Trade Association (STA), which in November 2014, had anticipated solar’s Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) to be around £80/MWh by 2019 – the group’s updated analysis shows the price reduction has already exceeded expectations and is now predicted to be between £50-60MWh next year. The STA says this makes it highly competitive with Combined Cycle Gas Turbines (CCGT) and onshore wind, suggesting it is now attractive for commercial and industrial consumers under long-term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). Chris Hewett, CEO of the STA, said: “We have a clear message for government and corporate energy buyers today: UK solar electricity is now cost-competitive with fossil fuels. “By establishing the right policy framework for solar and storage, including expediting a smart, flexible energy system, government can enable this technology to realise its full potential in delivering an affordable, low carbon future energy system.”
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UK integrated solar manufacturer Viridian has signed a national supply agreement with Keepmoat Homes, expanding the roster housebuilding firms it supplies. The exclusive supply agreement will expand on Keepmoat’s use of Viridian’s Clearline fusion system, which is currently in use within various housing developments across the UK and Scotland. Viridian has been on a run of supply arrangements with the country’s housebuilders having already signed up the likes of Persimmon and Bloor Homes earlier this year.
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U.S. solar takes hit from Trump tariffs but is cheaper than ever: report. U.S. solar installations fell 15 percent in the third quarter as the Trump administration’s tariffs on overseas-made panels forced developers to put off large projects, according to a report commissioned by the industry’s primary trade group. Solar energy system prices are at historical lows in all segments of the market, the report said. U.S. module prices are down more than 15 percent from a year ago.
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