PODCAST: Solar procurement challenges escalate, inside Britain’s power market volatility

PODCAST: Solar supply chains under the microscope; World must move faster for net zero

Published: 21 Sep 2021, 10:49

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The cost of shipping modules has soared in recent months, caused largely by a shortage of containers. Image: Luke Price/Flickr

All signs point to growing solar installations this year, with up to 191GW expected to be deployed, but reaching that figure won’t be without its challenges as procurement remains subject to shipping constraints and higher costs, the September 2021 episode of the Solar Media Podcast hears.

Liam Stoker and Andy Colthorpe discuss the root causes of supply chain tightness, the ever-shifting policy landscape for solar in the US and how investment is pouring into energy storage companies as the energy transition bids to shift gear ahead of COP26.

Meanwhile, there’s also an exploration of the current power market volatility affecting wholesale power prices throughout Europe, but in particular Britain, where soaring gas prices, generator maintenance and a fire at the IFA1 interconnector have sent wholesale and imbalance prices skidding out of control.

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