News: Blog

Keeping us in the loop

There’s a lot of information to keep on top of, and not enough hours in the day. So we’ve downloaded our favourite commentators on the climate, covering social, podcasts and newsletters.   On social  Eric Holthaus – giving real-time warnings and some hope along the way.   Eric is a meteorologist and climate journalist. He maps extreme weather events and does his best to sound the alarm for people who may be affected. But more than that […]

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The journey of a 300 tonne transformer

Our Contracts and Logistics Manager, Jose Lopez, had a task on his hands when faced with transporting a 300 tonne transformer 2,850 miles across Europe from Croatia to Spain. Here he talks us through that journey.    A transformer fit for purpose  Talayuela Solar in Spain is one of the largest solar energy projects in Europe. At 300MWp (and almost one million solar PV panels), it will generate approximately […]

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Day in the life of Sarah Howarth, Head of Content & Design; a lockdown special

Sarah, Head of Content & Design (and working-mum), hopes for better decision-making in a post-Corona world   I’m told we’ve passed 100 days of lockdown, a third of the year. I can’t say it feels like that, but perhaps that’s because we’re now coming out the other side – things are being booked in the diary, I’ve had a hug with my brother (social-bubble-legal), and kids are enjoying a few hours of school. These extra allowances each […]

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Day in the life of Barbara Flesche, Deputy CEO

Barbara Flesche became Deputy CEO at Solarcentury earlier this year, having previously led the company’s development and project financing teams. She tells us what makes her tick. How did you end up working in renewables? I’m a trained banker and started my career focused on M&A, structured finance and corporate finance. I gained experience of […]

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Dan Davies: a farewell

This July, Dan Davies leaves Solarcentury after a career here spanning four decades. He shares his journey. A bit more than 21 years ago – a few weeks after becoming a dad for the first time – I joined Solarcentury. I’d been working for Jeremy Leggett as a consultant the year before, developing a number […]

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Solar and the longest day

We’re approaching the longest day in the Northern hemisphere. But will it be the best day for solar? The answer may not be as you’d expect. Jan Muller, Director of Asset Management, explains. Solar really likes a combination of low temperatures and high levels of irradiance. It still works in cloudy conditions, but performs best […]

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How the Coronavirus crisis impacts the construction of our largest solar farm in the Netherlands

Like most of the world, our team in the Netherlands has tried to make the best of the bizarre changes our society is experiencing since the Coronavirus came to our shores. Our offices are empty, and the only way we can communicate with our colleagues is via phone and video conference. But the effects are […]

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Four key requirements for CfDs

As the consultation closes for the proposed CfD scheme, Susannah Wood shares our thoughts on what’s needed to make CfDs work for solar. It’s good news for the UK’s low-carbon future that the Government wants to include solar into the CfD scheme. A successful solar scheme will see plenty of low-carbon electricity being built at […]

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Day in the life of Chris Banks, UK Business Development Manager

Continuing our day in the life series, UK Business Development Manager, Chris Banks, shares why the industry inspires him and why he’s willing to roll with the punches Our normal series is a question and answer style, but Chris went off-piste, and we like it. I became hooked Renewable energy always seemed like common sense […]

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What lies ahead for energy storage in Europe?

Tadgh Cullen, Energy Storage Manager, examines barriers, progress and opportunities There has been much written recently about utility-scale energy storage projects in Australia and the US. Two examples include the expansion to the 100MWh Hornsdale Power Reserve project in South Australia, and in California, where a power supply company selected energy storage projects instead of […]

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