As the UK's feed-in tariff scheme draws to a close, our sister site Solar Power Portal is running a series of articles looking at the impact it has had and the new opportunities emerging for the sector. Here Alice Grundy speaks to some of those there to witness the 'gold rush' created by the flawed subsidy programme.
Solar PV has a strong role to play in the Philippines where energy demand continues to grow and the power mix remains expensive. While significant utility-scale solar deployments peaked ahead of a deadline to qualify for the Feed-in-Tariff in March this year, a new subsidy quota is on the horizon. PV Tech caught up with Pete Maniego, senior policy adviser of the Institute for Climate & Sustainable Cities and of Counsel of Dime & Eviota Law, to gather his insights on solar subsidies and how PV can compete with fossil fuels in the Southeast Asian country.
Bill Gates once again shunned solar power from his vision for energy access in Africa in his talk at the University of Pretoria in South Africa on Sunday, where he argued that whilst “cheap, clean energy” is what Africa needs, solar does not fit the bill.
Spain’s Court of Arbitration has ruled against two companies who filed a lawsuit against the Kingdom of Spain over reforms to the PV sector made in 2010, according to a statement from the Spanish Ministry of Industry.
Renewable energy could become “extinct” in the Czech Republic if the energy regulator refuses to approve payments to wind, solar and biomass plants, and the country will face legal challenges, trade groups have warned.