Photovotaic Panels on the roof of a Sports Club in Dunbar East Lothian.
week ending 1 February 2008
Heat pump didn’t work
AN eco-friendly heating system – an air source heat pump - which could potentially be fitted in thousands of council houses throughout the Highlands is failing to work in one particular house. A pilot scheme, which is being managed by the Energy Saving Trust on behalf of the Scottish Executive, is being run across Scotland. The new installations have been monitored and in March their impact will be assessed. The results from this monitoring will help the Scottish Executive in determining what future role renewable technologies can play in helping meet the 2016 target to eradicate fuel poverty. There are 35 of the systems in Inverness-shire, 18 in Ross-shire and six in Lochaber.
Highland News 2nd Feb 2008
A renewable energy supply giving the Isle of Eigg power 24-hours-a-day is due to come online for the first time.
BBC 1st Feb 2008
Scotsman 1st Feb 2008
Times 1st Feb 2008
The tiny Hebridean island of Eigg has never had a mains supply of electricity, relying on micro-generators to power its crofthouses and small businesses. So what's the feeling ahead of the big switch-on?
BBC 31st Jan 2008
A Hull supermarket could become one of the first in the country to use wind turbines to help power the store.
Hull Daily Mail 31st Jan 2008
A group of 14 codgers calling themselves The Geezers claim they have the knowledge and experience to solve London's power problems. They have joined community artist Loraine Leeson from the University of East London to put together a forward-thinking renewable energy project using the tidal power of Old Father Thames.
East Lothian Advertiser 31st Jan 2008
Bath Pupil Power
A secondary school is harnessing the power of the sun to educate the next generation about the measures that can be taken to combat climate change. The School in Bath wants to become a renewable energy pioneer following the installation of 24 photovoltaic panels. The project has been jointly funded by the Co-operative Group's £1 million Green Energy for Schools Scheme and the Government's Low Carbon Building Programme.
Bath Chronicle 31st Jan 2008
Exeter Pupil Power
Pupils at Silverton Primary School switched on their new rooftop solar panels in a special ceremony yesterday.The panels, worth over £20,000, are funded by the Co-operative Group and the Government's Low Carbon Building Programme.
Express & Echo 31st Jan 2008
Stornoway Wind Co-operative
HOT on the heels of the Scottish Government's refusal to permit the development of Lewis Windpower's 181-turbine windfarm, eight communities in the Western Isles are set to form a co-operative to build their own smaller windfarms to bring benefit to the community. Four of them are ready to submit planning applications for projects ranging up to four turbines in size, following the successful two-turbine scheme approved for the North Harris Estate last year.
Stornoway Gazette 31st Jan 2008
Hotel not renewable enough
A MULTI-MILLION pound hotel scheme has been put on ice after developers were told to reduce the building's carbon footprint. Leith Walk Developments, who want to build the 175-room hotel in Edinburgh, have been told by councillors to increase the amount of renewable energy it will generate. The move is one of the first to be made under the city council's sustainable buildings policy, which was introduced last February.
Edinburgh Evening News 31st Jan 2008
Chinese renewable hotel
A Team of Bristol architects that won an international competition to design a five-star hotel in China has started work on the project. High on the agenda is the sustainability of the building and the use of renewable energy. Features such as solar power, groundwater energy extraction and green roofs will be included.
Bristol Evening Post 30th Jan 2008
The European Commission has launched the Covenant of Mayors - the most
ambitious initiative to-date involving the citizens in the fight against
Enviro Solutions 30th Jan 2008
IKEA aims to cut its global energy consumption by 25 percent and power all its stores, offices and warehouses with 100 percent renewable energy sources within five years.
Calibre 30th Jan 2008
Combined Heat, Power and Workers’ Co-operative
Meridian Energy has confirmed a joint venture with Spanish manufacturer Mondragon to mass-produce the WhisperGen domestic heating and power unit for Europe's market. The domestic unit heats water and generates a small amount of electricity to reduce the amount a household draws from the local electricity network. The generator was also 95 per cent energy efficient, compared with the traditional gas boiler which was only 80 per cent energy efficient.
Stuff.co.nz 30th Jan 2008
Three years after announcing their 80,000 micro CHP unit deal with Powergen (now E.ON) in the UK, WhisperGen have finally managed to set up a JV with Spanish white goods manufacturer Mondragon CC to produce their 1kWe Stirling engine microCHP unit for the European market. This is really good news for those who have been eagerly awaiting the availability of mass produced units following Powergen's limited roll-out in 2004, since when WhisperGen units have been rather hard to come by!
Microchap 30th Jan 2008
Solar Housing Co-operative
LISTER Housing Co-operative has submitted plans to the council to install solar panels on its properties in Lauriston Place, Keir Street and Heriot Place. The scheme has been devised as part of a "renewable heritage" project that aims to encourage the incorporation of renewable energy sources into old properties across the city.
Edinburgh Evening News 30th Jan 2008
Free Solar Panels for all
Letter: Over the past decade, this New Labour government has wasted a colossal £28 billion subsidising nuclear power. This cash could have been put to better use by installing free solar panels to every house in the UK. To help support the solar panel manufacturing industry, the German government passed a law that forced the national grid to buy surplus energy which is generated from domestic solar panels at a "big fat premium price".
Yorkshire Evening Post 30th Jan 2008
Ballymoney renewable trials
JOANNE McNaughton's Housing Executive home in the heart of the Antrim Glens is at the cutting edge of tests for renewable energy sources. A wind turbine installed will mean lower electricity bills for Joanne’s household. The project is part of a pilot scheme involving five rural homes where a range of new technologies are being tested. The project is being delivered by the Housing Executive with its partners, Northern Ireland Energy Agency, NIE, Department for Social Development, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and the Northern Health Board.
Ballymoney Times 30th Jan 2008
Sainsbury's has lodged a planning application for a canal-side store with Gloucester City Council. Extra energy saving measures will be introduced to make the store greener, such as two wind turbines at the entrance to the site and the use of wind cowls to allow natural ventilation. The level of natural light will be boosted by solar tubes and there will be a rainwater harvesting collector at the back of the store.
Gloucestershire Citizen 30th Jan 2008
ACOMPLEX of 12 new office suites close to the centre of historic Alnwick is now less than a month away from completion. The development is eco-friendly, using materials from sustainable sources and with an under-floor ‘Air Source Heat Pump’ heating system, fuelled by renewable energy.
Newcastle Journal 30th Jan 2008
Many of the British contractors working in the Thames Gateway are also giving advice and expertise to the Chinese on the planning and building of Dongtan, an eco city. ARUP of London has been appointed as the planning consultants for the new city. Petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned, all energy used will be generated from renewable sources and solar and wind power. It will comprise three villages connected by green corridors and will provide employment and all public facilities.
Nottingham Evening Post 29th Jan 2008
The drive towards increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources is taking Sherwood-based T4 Sustainability from strength to strength. T4 was set up to meet the increasing demand for detailed renewable energy advice and installation services. T4 became a limited company in 2002 and its team of ten engineers and consultants delivers projects to the commercial, public and domestic sectors.
Nottingham Evening Post 29th Jan 2008
Dagenham goes green
Building work has recently completed on a retirement development in Dagenham.
The development - managed by Hanover Housing Association, in partnership with The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham and Care UK - comprises 36 flats and 16 bungalows in total. The development is environmentally friendly with grass roofs, solar panels and wind turbines.
Southern Housing 29th Jan 2008
Windsave University Tie-Up
AN event marking a partnership between renewable energy expert Windsave and Napier University is set to take place on 30th Jan. Environment Minister Michael Russell MSP will attend the ceremony at the university, along with Principal Joan Stringer.
Edinburgh Evening News 29th Jan 2008
Californian R&D start-up Marquiss Wind Power has secured $1.3m in Series A funding to help bring its rooftop wind generator to market. The device, designed to generate power on the flat rooftops typically found on offices and other commercial buildings, is based on a ducted design. The company claims the 19ft tall Aerowind turbine will produce 12Kw of energy in a 28mph wind.
Business Green 29th Jan 2008
A MASSIVE green investment portfolio has been launched by the Co-operative Bank. The £400m set aside for companies looking to finance renewable energy, and carbon reducing products and services, is thought to be the largest pot of money ring-fenced by a bank for such initiatives.
Newcastle Evening Gazette 29th Jan 2008
Recycle for Renewables
PUPILS are trying to turn their school green by collecting and recycling mobile phones. A local company has agreed to buy the unwanted phones, which will be repaired and sent to developing countries. Hipswell CE Primary School, at Catterick Garrison, hopes the project will raise £2,000 towards installing a wind turbine and solar panels. The rest of the money will come from grants and school funds.
Northern Echo 29th Jan 2008
Firstlight Energy is a company committed to developing innovative products that reduce reliance on natural resources. Each of its four systems - SunStream solar thermal, wind turbines, Hybrid lighting and air destratification - take established technologies and move them forward several steps to create more efficient and cost-effective energy-saving solutions.
Edie 29th Jan 2008
Energy Minister Eamon Ryan unveiled a new renewable energy grant scheme which will offer funds to businesses, schools and hospitals that want to install biomass-fuelled and anaerobic digestion combined heat and power units (CHPs). The Minster explained that farmers had a vital role to play in the scheme as their forests, crops and cows will be able to produce their own energy in the future.
Edie 28th Jan 2008
A private member's bill that would give councils the legal right to set quotas for the provision of renewable energy in new developments has passed through its second parliamentary stage. Conservative MP Michael Fallon's Planning and Energy Bill was voted through its second reading in the House of Commons on Friday by 45 votes to nil.
Regen.net 28th Jan 2008
Nick Hurd MPs speech 25th Jan 2008
Opposition in Merton
Plans to erect a 30m (100ft) turbine on the proposed site of the London
Regional Fire Control Centre have put the wind up neighbouring residents.
This is Local London 28th Jan 2008
BASILDON could be swamped by huge unsightly wind turbines if it becomes a guinea pig for renewable energy, a councillor has warned. Tory councillor John Dornan urged caution as Basildon Council seeks to become a green silicon valley with model low-carbon buildings and renewable energy manufacturers setting up base. The council's regeneration arm, Basildon Renaissance Partnership, is working with Renewables East, set up by the Government, to see if the district is suitable for firms to transform the town into one of the country's green hotspots.
Essex Echo 28th Jan 2008
A FAMILY has launched a bid to join the green revolution - by asking Town Hall planning chiefs for permission to build a 40ft wind turbine in their back garden.
This is Lancashire 27th Jan 2008
Decentralised energy is Cameron's Next Big Thing, politically speaking. It involves a rethinking of the power system, so that individuals focus more on generating their own energy - with solar panels, with wind turbines, with combined heat-and-energy boilers - and then have the opportunity to sell any surplus back to the central grid.
Observer 27th Jan 2008
Isle of Wight Eco-Island
Council bosses are hoping to harness the power of the wind and waves so that by 2013 most of its electricity will come from renewable sources. The bulk will be made up of tidal power, along with on and perhaps off-shore wind farms. The island's ultimate goal is to produce an excess of renewable energy so they can export it back to the mainland.
Sky News 26th Jan 2008
PUPILS at Ladygrove Park Primary School in Didcot switched on their new energy-saving solar panels with the help of their sun-loving friend, Sunny Solar. The £20,000 panels were installed and funded by the Co-operative Group, who sent their climate-change character along to help.
Didcot Herald 26th Jan 2008
A Devon dairy farmer has unveiled plans to build a £25m renewable energy centre powered by farm waste. Winston Reed, director of food and energy specialist Greener for Life, hopes to get the go-ahead to build an energy centre to produce renewable electricity and biofuel for the local community.
First4Farming 25th Jan 2008
A 17-metre high wind turbine could be erected at an infant school in Luton if plans get the go-ahead from councillors. But neighbours say it will be a noisy eyesore.
Dunstable Today 23rd Jan 2008
Birmingham’s Climate Resilience
Birmingham City Council has committed to the 2016 target of Zero Carbon Homes and will raise the standard of new homes across the board and narrow the gap between homes built in the private sector and affordable market homes that routinely achieve Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, as well as Housing Corporation prescribed standards. The Regional Sustainable Development Checklist strengthens the drive towards more climate resilient building standards, as will the upcoming Birmingham Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan, which specifies a target for 10% of new build requirements to be generated from on-site renewable energy.
Public Service.co.uk 2nd Jan 2008