Rutherglen & Cambuslang solar project
Sarah Boyack MSP on a visit to the Rutherglen & Cambuslang
Housing Association solar project which has seen the installation of 52 solar
Scottish Housing News 22nd June 2007
week ending 10 August 2007
The construction industry is charged with reaching the holy grail of making every new home carbon neutral by 2016. There is a gulf between larger companies, such as Barratt, which are building eco-homes now and smaller firms, which have to "get up to speed".
Assetz Property News 9th August 2007
Housing minister Yvette Cooper today hailed an agreement with housebuilders and councils which will make zero carbon housing a reality within 10 years. Key members of the homebuilding industry, councils, green groups and homeless organisations have given their support to the Government's housing agenda by signing up to Communities and Local Government's 2016 Commitment, joining with it in an ambition to build 240,000 new zero carbon homes a year by 2016.
Local Government Chronicle 9th August 2007
Solar panels and wind turbines are to be fitted to 13 new homes being built in Croydon. The new homes represent a significant landmark for Croydon, as this will be the first council housing built in the borough since the 1980s. Funding has been secured for a total of 34 properties, with further sites being considered.
Croydon Guardian 9th August 2007
A NORTHUMBERLAND couple are looking to cut their carbon footprint by putting up their own personal 12-metre high wind turbine, but the plans have angered neighbours.
Newcastle Journal 9th August 2007
Water power could help cut energy bills, South Hams Council has told South West Water. The council is urging South West Water to investigate the possibility of using the Avon Dam to generate hydroelectricity.
Devon Herald Express 9th August 2007
West Midland small businesses are confused about the cost of generating their own renewable energy and unrealistic about the time it would take to see a return on their investment, new research suggests. A study by consultancy energyTEAM revealed that nearly three-quarters of SMEs wanted payback within three years in order to justify installing devices such as solar panels or wind turbines.
Birmingham Post 8th August 2007
There are three things we can do locally as a borough to help. We can invest in more renewable energy sources throughout Islington. Last year we created the £3million climate change fund to do exactly that, and we have erected a series of wind turbines and will see other alternative energy sources as a result.
Islington Gazette 8th August 2007
Northern Ireland Biomass
DROITWICH based combustion specialist Nu-way has won the contract to supply renewable heating equipment to the Northern Ireland Office at Hillsborough Castle. The company's Ecoflex and EcoMass 750 boilers, which operate on biomass fuel - wood pellets - are to provide heating at the 18th century mansion house, home to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
Worcester News 8th August 2007
St columb Minor School has launched a £100,000 bid to become the most eco-friendly site in Newquay.The school has submitted plans to build four solar thermal panels and six photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on the roof, plus a 12m wind turbine in the grounds. If the plans get the go-ahead from councillors, St Columb Minor will become the most environmentally-friendly school in the Newquay area.
Cornish Guardian 8th August 2007
WORK is to start on creating a £16 million visitor centre at Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden after the Scottish government promised an extra £1 million for the project. The building will include a massive glass wall to give visitors the impression of being outside in the garden. It is designed to be as sustainable as possible, with wind turbines, a biomass boiler and rainwater collection.
Bedford College is a centre for exellence in green energy, providing training for small businesses in installing and maintaining solar panels, wind turbines and bio-mass technology.
Further Education News 7th August 2007
John Bell, the council's energy manager, said the council had managed to reduce its use of fossil fuel energy by 20 per cent since 2001. However, he revealed most of this had been achieved through reducing heating costs by installing new boilers, mainly in schools. Mr Bell said it was becoming clear "normal energy management" procedures at the council were not stemming the increase in electricity use. He said: "We will get to the point shortly where we can't do any more to offset electricity use through reduced heating. There is only one obvious step beyond that stage and that is the use of the renewable energy." Mr Bell said going green with wind and solar power would require a major policy shift by the council.
Hull Daily Mail 7th August 2007
Yorkshire Post 7th August 2007
WEST Norfolk has some of the greenest buildings in the county, according to an organisation that is fighting to protect the countryside. A backpackers’ hostel, a coastal visitors’ centre, a church, council offices and a private house are among the eco-friendly buildings and projects that feature in a list compiled by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. The Campaign has selected 21 examples of renewable energy in action and seven of them are in the west and north of the county.
Lynn News 7th August 2007
Liverpool Heat Pumps
ENERGY-efficient heating systems using the earth’s natural underground
resources are being installed at a north Liverpool business park. Builder Bluestone
has drilled 32 100-metre holes in the ground for heating pipes which will draw
energy to heat and cool new buildings on the £11m Wellington Employment
Park South scheme, by developer Langtree.
Liverpool Echo 7th August 2007
The Lord Mayor's Design Awards, were launched on Thursday. "Judges will be looking for buildings that not only are attractive but also efficient in terms of light, heat and other energy." "It's about taking a really deep-rooted approach to design as a whole, rather than just adding a solar panel or a wind turbine, or whatever."
Nottingham Evening Post 6th August 2007
Alternative energy company Energetix Group PLC said it plans to raise 12 mln stg before expenses from a placing of 10 mln new shares at 120 pence each to fund opportunities for its units and increase its reach in the energy market. The company also said its Genlec subsidiary has signed letters of intent with Dutch heating equipment supplier Daalderop BV and another 'major mainland European boiler company' to further develop its micro combined heat and power (CHP) boiler system.
Hemscott 5th August 2007
The Findhorn Community has buildings designed for efficiency, with good insulation, solar panels and a district heating scheme. Electricity is supplied by four community-owned wind turbines, which also export 40% of their power to the grid.
Sunday Herald 5th August 2007
Power firms had argued it was unviable for them to invest in energy-efficient equipment in homes because customers were free to switch to competing suppliers once the work had been carried out. Ofgem has introduced the change of regulations to encourage providers to change their stance and invest in green technology. But commentators have warned this could have an adverse effect on consumers and result in them paying higher bills.
Scotsman 4th August 2007