Green light for 350MW mega solar farm in Kent, 700MWh storage to follow

Britain’s biggest solar PV farm to date, the 350MWp Cleve Hill project near Faversham, Kent, has been given the go ahead. The £450 million development...

Greenpeace slams mega solar farm in Kent, Drax closes in on 3.6GW gas giant

Two minute briefing on energy stories to start the week: Britain’s biggest solar farm, Hive Energy and Wirsol Energy’s £450m Cleve Hill project on...

Government launches £40m clean tech incubator

Clean tech start-ups can now seek investment from a new £40 million public-private fund, backed by government and a major City institution. The Clean Growth...

Renewable UK: Green hydrogen key to net zero

Green hydrogen created from carbon-free power including wind will be key to decarbonising the economy by 2050, according to lobby group Renewable UK. The group...

Solar and wind generators take hit as Covid-19 depresses prices

Renewables generators are bearing the brunt of power prices depressed by the coronavirus lockdown, analysts suggest. Cornwall Insight reports settlement prices for solar and wind...

International investors cooling on UK energy assets?

Global appetite for UK energy assets appears to be cooling, as investors hunt more favourable regimes for low carbon growth, according to a poll...

Smartest Energy launches self-serve flexible PPA platform

Marubeni-owned Smartest Energy claims its new self-serve trading portal helps unlock better value from flexible power purchase agreements (flexible PPAs). Smartest Energy claims by digitising...

Coal-free month as National Grid balances high renewables and low demand

Another clean power record tumbled over the VE bank holiday weekend, as Britain clocked up its first ever 30-day period of generation without using...

National Grid confirms Sizewell B deal, says no need to panic

National Grid ESO has confirmed it will pay EDF to reduce output from the Sizewell B nuclear power station over summer to help keep...

Lockdown lows make ‘renewables the new baseload’

So far, Europe’s biggest grids are delivering glitch-free supply, even as renewables contribute record shares of depressed demand, according to analysts Cornwall Insight. Coronavirus shutdowns...

Climate Change Committee: Focus coronavirus recovery on clean heat

CCC says economic stimulus and policy efforts should focus on clean heat and boosting electricity network to accommodate electrification of heat and transport. Delivering Britain’s...

Old coal mines to heat £7m Tyneside district heating scheme

Coal mines as heat sources took another step forward this week a councillors approved an ambitious municipal district heating scheme. South Tyneside’s hybrid Viking Energy...

Drax consults on biomass supply chain emissions

Drax is seeking input to ensure a tool it has created to calculate carbon emissions within the biomass supply chain is accurate, transparent and...

Steelmaker swaps LPG for hydrogen

Swedish steel maker Ovako this week claimed a world-lead first, as it replaced conventional LPG as a heat source with clean-burning hydrogen. The process...

Ørsted posts fat profit, shrugs off coronavirus, eyes more PPAs

Danish energy company Ørsted increased operating profit 33 per cent in the first quarter, with wind driving earnings. The firm flagged risk of short-term delay...

Hydrogen-powered bus maker eyes £500m package for 3,000 vehicles

Wrightbus, builders of Britain’s first hydrogen-powered double deckers, has unveiled plans to ramp up production - if it can land a £500m support package. The...

Beis touts £4k grant for heat pumps plus green gas subsidies

Government is planning to offer grants of £4,000 in a bid to boost heat pump uptake. The grant, for both businesses and households for schemes...

National Grid: UK generation coal free for 18 days

Britain’s power output has been coal-free for a record 18 days, according to National Grid ESO. With wind and solar hitting new records this month,...

Vattenfall finally secures finance for South Kyle onshore wind farm

Swedish state-owned generator Vattenfall has committed to build its biggest UK onshore wind farm in the Scottish Borders. South Kyle, five kilometres east of Dalmellington...

Firms plan green hydrogen from seawater via offshore rigs

Oil and gas company Neptune Energy is prepping a project to produce the world’s first seawater-sourced green hydrogen from an offshore production platform in...