The UK solar market is beginning to defy difficult conditions as developers emerge with new, post-subsidy models. Yesterday Solar Media’s head of market research Finlay Colville and analyst Lauren Cook presented a webinar which updated the audience on the UK solar and storage markets, with Colville insisting there was life yet in UK solar. Colville admitted that the UK market was now “very different” to the one which boomed throughout the subsidy-driven years of 2010 – 2016, but said it was now beginning to face the “very real prospect” of subsidy-free developments coming to the fore. “Much of the resurgence of UK solar is being kept below the radar for now, especially on the large-scale side, with a select group of project developers identifying 40-50MW sites for subsidy-free potential in 2018-2020. Two sub-sectors in particular have been raised as being of particular interest to the solar sector; new build and council or local authority installs. While a number of installers have enjoyed success in partnering with construction firms like Wilmott Dixon and Taylor Wimpey, public sector solar continues to be of significant interest given reduced expectations for returns and payback periods. The UK market is also seeing interest in new solar business models from housing associations, perhaps best typified by the model launched by Solarplicity which Solar Power Portal reported on earlier this month. These are only likely to be driven further by continually falling module prices, which Colville said were nudging towards the $0.40c/W price across the globe.