Solar in the UK: What next for the solar industry?
On the 22 July 2015, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) issued a consultation paper proposing to end eligibility for ROCs for projects below 5 MW, subject to retention of ROC eligibility for projects which fulfil specified "grace period" criteria.
Some developers are still working on projects above 5 MW with a view to participating in the autumn CfD auction scheduled but it is unclear whether this will go ahead. A FiT review is imminent and it is clear that FiTs are providing internal rates of return well above DECC’s target rate of 5-8 percent.
The UK solar industry has been hit by setbacks before and has overcome them and now the holy grail of grid parity is tantalisingly close. Reductions in the cost of modules and other equipment over the next few years are widely predicted and technology is increasing in efficiency. Reductions in other costs such as grid costs and planning fees are more difficult. Developer fees will obviously come down and landowners will have to get used to lower rents than have been the case.
It is difficult to say when grid parity for large-scale solar in the UK is likely to happen, particularly if wholesale energy prices maintain a downward trend, but most commentators think that it is likely to be by 2020 and possibly earlier than that.
There is no reason (subject to planning and grid constraints) why solar should not have a very positive future in the UK. Join Solar UK on November 12th to find out from the experts the best way forward in 2016. This one day event will be a master class in understanding where the supply chain is going and how to be part of the solar success story.
Registration is open for the 5th Solar UK Conference and Solar UK Industry Awards. Each booking includes entry to all presentations and a tour of the BRE Innovation Park. In addition, price includes lunch, drinks and inclusion at the evening Awards event. This is a conference of substance with first class networking opportunities. Places are limited.
Regulatory update: ROCs, FiTs and CfDs; The transition from tariffs to energy parity; UK Solar - Where to next?; Value of energy storage and aggregation to UK grid; Green energy legacy or fallacy?; Siemens Financial Services; Opportunities for solar PV plus storage at the start of a new policy; Why the crowd is essential to a secure energy future?; What next for solar PV financing?; Cost reductions, efficiencies & market impact of MIP; Beating the UK’s solar talent and skills shortage.
Solar UK Awards
At the conference we will be presenting the Solar UK Industry Awards. (1st parts before coffee break and 2nd part before lunch). 10 trophies will go to the best in class and recognise the excellence that exists in the industry.
Speakers & Sponsors 2015 Include
Solar UK News
This year’s forecast from BNEF sees solar energy costs dropping a further 66 percent by 2040, and onshore wind by 47 percent, with renewables undercutting most existing fossil power stations by 2030.Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance, New Energy Outlook 2017
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2015 Solar Industry Awards Winners
2014 Delegates Include
2F Capital, 3E, abakus solar AG, Alpin Sun, Belectric Solar Ltd, Bloomberg, BNRG Renewables, BPVA, BRE National Solar Centre, British Solar Renewables, Capita plc Carbon Alliance, Centrica Energy, Chubb Insurance Company, CIM, Cobalt Engineering, Conergy UK, CREST, DB Schenker, Delta Energy, Dragon Infrastructure Solutions, Ecopower, Ecotricity, Ecuity, EDF Energy, EIM Energy, Elan Global Renewables Ltd, Energy Circle, Enphase Energy, ET Solutions, Evogreen, EY, Flogas Renewables, Futura Holding Ltd, Gamesa Electric, GDF SUEZ, Greencoat Capital LLP, Grupotec, Hanwha SolarOne GmbH, IEWC UK & Ireland, Imperial College London, Infrata Limited, IPSol Energy Limited, JA Solar, Krannich Solar Ltd Lark Energy Ltd, Lightsource Renewable Energy, Liverpool University, Loughborough University, Mastervolt UK Ltd, Neas Energy Ltd, NPD Solarbuzz, Oxford University, Physis Energy Ltd, PV Labs, Red Triangle Energy Ltd, Recharge, Regen SW, ReneSola MPRG International, Renewable Solution, SavewithSolar, Saving Energy Renewables North East, Schletter, Seraphin SGH Martineau, Shakespeares Legal LLP, Sheffield University, Silverstone Green Energy, SMA, Solar Advanced Systems, Solar BIPV Ltd, Solar Energy Partners Ltd, Solar Securities, Solarcentury, Solaredge Technologies, Sun Future Energy, Sungrow Power UK Limited, Sun & Wind, Sun Premier UK, The Mail on Sunday, The Solar Cloth Company, University of Bath, vyzVoice SA, WinPower, SA Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP, Yingli Green Energy
Previous attendees include
|35 Degrees Ltd||Dulas||Imperial College||RPS Group Rexel UK Ltd||Travis Perkins Plc|
|Abantia Instalaciones||DWF||Innotech Solar||REI||Upsolar|
|Antaris Solar||Ernst Young||Jaguar Land Rover||RECOM||Umicore|
|Armorgreen||E.E.W Eco Energy World Ltd||Lightsource||Renewable Energy Agency||University of Bolton|
|ACL International||ELTEK | Enphase Energy||Lark Energy||Sadef||University of Sheffield|
|Arun Construction Services Ltd||EOS Law LLP||Littlewood Renewables||Schletter UK Ltd||UK Trade & Investment|
|BeBa Energy UK Limited||Fischer Fixings UK Ltd||Macquarie Bank Limited||Schneider Electric||Vacon UK|
|BNRG Renewables Ltd||Forrest Ltd||MAP Environmental||SIG plc.||Vento Ludens Ltd|
|Bristol Power Co-op||Fronius UK Ltd||Mastervolt UK Ltd||Silverstone Green Energy||Yingli Solar|
|BPVA||Foreign & Commonwealth Office||Micropower Council||SMA Solar Technology||Vogt Solar|
|BRE||Finergia Advisory & Finance Srl||M-Solv Ltd||Solarcentury||Wagner Solar|
|Bournemouth Town Hall||Gamesa Electric||Mowland Ltd||Solvatec AG.||SGH Martineau|
|Bloomberg||Gillamor Stephens||Natural Technology Developments||Solarmax||ZC Energy|
|Chubb Insurance||GreenPowerMonitor Ltd||NPD Solarbuzz||Solar Associates|
|Critical Software SA||Heriot-Watt University||Oskomera||Solar Green Ltd|
|Conergy||Hanergy Solar||Ofgem||Sun & Wind Energy|
|Corbin Industries Ltd||Hanwha Solar||Oxford Photovoltaics||SUPERSOLAR Solar Energy Hub|
|Dacorum Borough Council||HEC||Polysolar||Suncredit Ltd|
|Danfoss Solar Inverters||Hilti Solar||Phono Solar||Strip Tinning limited|
|Dragon Infrastructure Solutions||IPSOL Energy Limited||PV Insider||Sybac Solar AG|