The economics of solar-and-storage in the UK are being proven, Anesco has said. Speaking at the Energy Storage Summit in London, Steve Shine, Anesco’s chairman, explained that while the company had not proven the case for subsidy-free solar, the business model for its hybrid Clay Hill project was panning out. When Clay Hill was unveiled as the UK’s first subsidy-free solar project last summer it captured the attention of industry and government officials alike. Energy and climate minister Claire Perry has since used the project’s completion to claim that solar PV is capable of deploying without subsidy support. But Anesco has distanced itself from those specific claims and yesterday Shine insisted that it was not true that the industry has “cracked” subsidy-free solar. Instead, Shine sought to stress the difference between true subsidy-free solar and hybrid projects that combine the generating capacity with battery storage.