Proven Turbines (like this one photographed in Dunbar, East Lothian) are springing up all over Merton and Croydon in London thanks to the Merton Rule according to Adrian Hewitt - Principal Environment Officer for the London Borough of Merton, speaking at the Friends of the Earth Scotland Seminar in Edinburgh on 18th January.
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Ayrshire-based, Proven Energy, has been awarded an industrial development grant of £250,000 by the Scottish Government to create 29 new jobs making and installing the turbines.
BBC 21st Jan 2008 more >>
week ending 25 January 2008
Community grants totalling £320,000 were awarded during 2007 by the Highlands and Islands Community Energy Company (HICEC) to North Highland communities and organisations opting for a range of renewable systems to heat and power their community halls and buildings.
Northern Times 25th Jan 2008
The Scotsman newspaper presents four possible architectural solutions to Scotland's housing supply challenge. Some, such as the Berwickshire Housing Association's "ECO-5" house in Ayton, are ambitious but expensive. Others, like Stewart Milne's mass-market model, are as eco-friendly as they can be at such a modest price.
Scotsman 25th Jan 2008
LIVERPOOL John Lennon airport has installed wind turbines in a bid to generate sustainable power and reduce its impact on the environment. Bosses believe the two 15 metre high turbines, capable of generating 6kW each, or equal to the electricity consumption of two 4-6 bedroom houses, are the first to be installed at a UK commercial airport.
Liverpool Echo 24th Jan 2008
A Barrow man has applied for permission to put a turbine on the gable end of his house.
North West Evening Mail 24th Jan 2008
AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY hostel for the homeless has been given the green light by Brent Council. The building will be built in Pound Lane, Willesden, by London's biggest homelessness charity St Mungo's and include a green roof, solar panels and wind turbines.
Harrow Observer 24th Jan 2008
You may have seen the news that E.ON have signed a deal with EC Power to distribute their micro CHP products in the UK. This rather confusing announcement is due to the number of definitions of "micro CHP" floating around. The Carbon Trust categorise what used to be called "micro CHP" as "domestic micro CHP" including only packaged units designed for individual homes, whilst "commercial micro CHP" comprises an assembly of ancillary components such as boilers, heat exchangers etc in a plant room configuration. The EC Power unit, at 15kWe electrical output, is clearly in the latter category. Perhaps it should be referred to it as "mini CHP".
Microchap 23rd Jan 2008
THE winds of change are blowing at a school which has installed two micro wind turbines to provide green energy. Meters at Turners Hill Primary School, Surrey, will show pupils how much electricity the turbines generate. And when the school is closed, excess power will be fed into the national grid.
ICSurrey 23rd Jan 2008
Green & Arty Manchester
WHEN the Manchester Academy opens its smart new doors after a multi-million-pound refurbishment it will be the 'greenest' concert venue in the country. “There are brand new technologies being installed here to make it as environmentally friendly as it is possible to be," says general manager Alistair MacGregor. Heating will come by means of a deep borehole heat conversion system and solar panels.
Manchester Evening News 23rd Jan 2008
Green Garden Centre
Dobbies is planning a massive development, to be known as Garden World, to be situated at Peel Park, East Kilbride. “Water will be recycled through a ‘Grey Water System’ and heating and much of the building’s power will come from a biomass boiler, fuelled by sustainable timber. This will include providing a minimum of 10 per cent of Dobbies energy requirements from renewable sources and may include the use of wind turbines to generate power and biomass for heat.
East Kilbride News 23rd Jan 2007
TOP Government scientists are to examine an ambitious green scheme to convert water power into electricity for Saddleworth villages. The idea would be to tap into the River Tame and the reservoirs at Saddleworth Moor to provide an alternative energy source for thousands of homes.
Oldham Advertiser 23rd Jan 2008
Oldham Cold Feet
A £26m housing regeneration scheme for the former St Mary’s estate hangs in the balance, after Oldham Council’s partner is said to have developed cold feet. The plans envisaged 200 houses designed to achieve the EcoHomes ‘excellent’ standard with rooftop lawns, wind turbines and solar panels.
Oldham Advertiser 23rd Jan 2008
“Look at me” Turbine anyone?
Of course the thing you really want when you're eco-ing your home is a wind turbine on the roof that says to everybody: "Look how virtuous we are!" It's the David Cameron approach to going green. The reality is that you have to change your lightbulbs, and put little silver screens behind all the radiators to push the heat into the room – ie, nothing that anybody will notice. Unfortunately, going eco is not really supported by the Government. You pay VAT on having your windows double-glazed as a luxury, when the only reason we've done it is to use less energy.
Independent 23rd Jan 2008
Residents of a German suburb where solar panels, biomass heating and energy saving initiatives are the norm are bracing themselves for the arrival of Europe's civic leaders.The visitors are hoping to copy the "sustainable model district" that exists in the Vauban suburb of Germany's 'eco-city' Freiburg.The leaders will take notes on how they live after it was announced that renewable energy was at the top of the Europe's wish list to fight climate change.Some houses in Vauban actually generate twice as much as electricity as an ordinary one uses.
Sky News 23rd Jan 2008
Home of King Coal goes Solar
A BARNSLEY school is set to become one of the greenest in the country. Wellgate Primary in Mapplewell, is to get £20,000 of solar panels funded by The Co-operative's £1m Green Energy for Schools scheme and the Government's Low Carbon Building Programme.
Sheffield Star 22nd Jan 2008
TWO wind turbines have been bought after more than 1,000 people joined a green energy scheme. The Fenland Green Power Co-operative offered a shares scheme, where 1,110 shareholders invested on average £2,400 each in the green scheme to purchase the 2MW wind turbines at a cost of £2.66 million.
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 22nd Jan 2008
Nailsea's new £30 million flagship school will be partly run on renewable energy and will have a woodchip biomass boiler and solar panels to heat the water.
Bristol Evening Post 22nd Jan 2008
WORK HAS begun on a £2.7 million hydrogen office which aims to become one of Europe’s most advanced and integrated testing sites for innovative renewable energy technology. Once complete, the development at Methil docks will be a state-of-the-art demonstration centre powered by a renewable energy and hydrogen fuel cell, integrating other technologies such as solar, wind and geothermal heat pumps.
Dundee Courier 22nd Jan 2008
Construction work has started on Wales' first Renewable Hydrogen Research and Demonstration Centre based on Baglan Energy Park. The 1.7 million pound centre is being developed by The University of Glamorgan in partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council.
News Wales 21st Jan 2008
The Milton Keynes Rule
A PIONEERING green planning policy in Milton Keynes requiring most new builds in the city to be climate friendly could be the blueprint for all new buildings across the UK. Milton Keynes claims its policies are more advanced than Merton. Recently the Planning and Energy Bill, a private members bill with cross-party support, was launched at the House of Commons with the aim of allowing all local authorities to adopt policies similar to Milton Keynes Council's planning policy that requires all developers to build CO2 friendly buildings.
Milton Keynes Council 21st Jan 2008
More than 50 people attended an energy road show in Filby, near Yarmouth, on Saturday showcasing a range of ways to save energy - and cut bills - from simple insulation to installing solar panels and domestic wind turbines. Filby was one of three Norfolk communities - along with Thurton and Ashill, near Swaffham - chosen to take part in a pilot Village Green project organised by the Energy Saving Trust.
Great Yarmouth Mercury 21st Jan 2008
A panel of Government-appointed advisers reviewed the South West region's draft Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) during a ten-week public examination last year. One of the key policies in the plan is the low carbon building escalator, which is intended to improve the energy standards of most new homes built in the region. It will require developments of more than 10 homes to reduce their carbon emissions by approximately 25% if approved as part of the RSS later this year. This will rise to 50% by 2011, and 100% by 2016, when Government legislation will require all new homes to be zero-carbon.
Edie 21st Jan 2008
A school in Wigan has become a shining example of how to harness renewable energy. Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley has installed £20,000 worth of solar panels. The 24 photovoltaic panels, part funded by the Co-operative Group, should generate around 3,300 kWh of electricity each year.
Wigan Evening Post 21st Jan 2008
Peterborough zero carbon project
AN INNOVATIVE project to build 450 carbon neutral homes in Peterborough has opened the door to a range of opportunities for a variety of city businesses including: Applied Energy, which is able to provide solar collectors, heat pumps and wind turbines; ITM Power of Barnack which offers hydrogen fuel cell technology, and Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) which can provide assistance with controlling, managing and minimising construction waste.
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 21st Jan 2008
The Scottish Government has awarded an industrial development grant of £250,000 to an Ayrshire-based firm, Proven Energy, to create 29 new jobs making and installing wind turbines. The company, based in Stewarton, makes small-scale wind turbines for home and commercial use.
Home Energy Efficiency
Can’t build a new home from scratch? Don’t despair: there are plenty of ways to make your existing house green. And, although payback times are long, government grants will cover part of the costs
Sunday Times 20th Jan 2008
Bury Solar School
Pupils at a Bury Primary School officially switched on their £20,000 solar panels installed with funding from the Co-operative Group. The rooftop panels are half funded by the group's £1 million Green Energy for Schools scheme with match-funding from the government's Low Carbon Building Programme (LCBP).
Bury Times 19th Jan 2008
An allotment society has been given £10,000 of lottery cash to create a new environmentally-friendly building on its site. The new eco-building will be equipped with an environmentally-friendly composting toilet, and there are plans to use solar panels and a wind turbine to provide power to the building.
Leicester Mercury 19th Jan 2008
WIND turbines will arrive at an eco-friendly housing development in Chippenham in the spring. Once installed, the turbines will power the communal lights throughout the Market Quarter area.
Wiltshire Times 19th Jan 2008
A WIND turbine big enough to serve local needs and more is planned for council offices. The turbine will be able to generate enough electricity to allow the surplus to be sold to the National Grid outside office hours. Cambridgeshire County Council hopes to attract government funding to allow the 20kW turbine to be built at its offices.
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 19th Jan 2008
Residents in South Gloucestershire are being given a cash incentive to install renewable energy technology in their homes.South Gloucestershire Council has teamed up with Severn Wye Energy Agency to launch SG Futurenergy, which will provide advice and grants of £500 to householders who install renewable technology to help save money on their fuel bills and create a more sustainable home.
Western Daily Press 18th Jan 2008
Zero Carbon South West
A panel of three government-appointed planning experts has backed the south
west's ambitious plans to accelerate the development of low-carbon homes.
In the panel's report on the region's long-term plan - the draft Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) - published following a ten-week examination in public last year, the panel has backed the policies that would result in the south west having some of the most advanced building standards in Europe.
Regen South West 17th Jan 2008
Two of Britain's leading energy suppliers have signed agreements with companies aiming to put mini-power stations into Britain's homes. Centrica is investing more than £20m in Ceres Power, an Aim-quoted fuel cell company, for the development of combined heat and power (CHP) products and E.ON is linking with Energetix in Chester to produce a CHP unit.
Guardian 15th Jan 2008