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Implications for Solar Energy in the Countdown to Contracts for Differences (CfDs)

Gaynor Hartnell - Livos Energy“The sooner Solar Energy no longer needs support, the better!” says Gaynor Hartnell, who has worked in the Renewable Energy sector for nearly twenty years and is a Non-Executive Director for Livos Energy.

The Renewable industry has to deal with the transition from Renewables Obligations (ROCs) introduced in 2002 to Contracts for Difference (CfDs) which take over in 2017. 

Gaynor Hartnell suggests that there are plenty of things to worry about regarding Contracts for Differences (CfDs) but, for solar, having to compete on price is not likely to be one of them. She shares some of these concerns in a guest blog post on Solar Power Portal and asks:

  • Will CfDs be good value for money?
  • Is there enough money in the pot?
  • Are solar park projects going to prove too small for CfDs but too large for FiTs?
  • Can the timetable be met?
  • Who’ll be taking part in the competition?

To read the full blog post on Solar Power Portal, click here :

Countdown to Contracts for Differences – What’s the outlook for Solar?

To read Livos Energy response to Contracts for Differences (CfDs) click here:

Livos Energy response to DECC consultation

Solar Energy’s falling costs can cut politics from Renewables

Gaynor Hartnell - Livos EnergyHave you considered the implications of the falling costs of Renewable Energy and it’s long term impact?  Gaynor Hartnell, who has worked in the Renewable Energy sector since 1995, and is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of  Livos Energy, shares her views  about how the falling costs of solar power can cut the politics from Renewables in this interesting post.

She looks at the recent “open” disagreement between Cameron and Clegg on onshore wind energy and it’s implication for solar energy.

She says, “Solar’s cost is falling so fast that the conventional energy sector does not realise how inexpensive it has become, policy makers find it a challenge to keep pace with and find the comparison metrics challenging.”

To read the full post on Solar Power Portal: