The Glasgow Science Centre launched its wind turbine in May 2008 to educate the people of Scotland about wind energy. Proven Energy formed a partnership with the Science Centre (GSC) and assisted in the funding of this Proven 6kW wind turbine. Other funds were provided by Glasgow City Council, The Energy Saving Trust and SUST. The turbine is situated beside GSC on the side of the river Clyde. The GCC is one of Scotland’s premier tourist venues and attracts some 400,000 visitors each year. Proven Energy will be working with GSC to promote wind energy. A sign explaining wind turbines will be located by the installation for everyone to see and enjoy.
week ending 24 October 2008
House of Lords
A House of Lords committee has called for a greatly expanded system of grants to encourage people to consider micro-energy generation at home. And it said ministers should introduce aggressive demand-reduction policies to cut the UK’s total energy use by 20% by the 2020 deadline.
BBC 24th Oct 2008 more >>
House of Lords European Committee Press Release 24th Oct 2008 more >>
A development of 34 environmentally friendly, affordable apartments could be coming to Congleton if new plans are approved. Jephson Housing Association has applied for planning permission to build the apartments in Buglawton, near another site earmarked for a major development. There will be solar panels built into the roofs and space for 34 bikes to be parked.
Chronicle 23rd Oct 2008 more >>
A WARM welcome now awaits users of the 102-year-old Fountain Road church hall in Golspie. Community Energy Scotland’s North Highland area manager Jon Priddy, who is based in Golspie, was brought in to give advice and information. Under his guidance, church members paid a series of visits as far afield as Perth to look at various systems using ground source heating, wood chips and wood pellets. They eventually plumped for an automated wood-fired heating system which runs on pellets made of compressed sawdust – the pellets resemble sheep nuts.
Northern Times 23rd Oct 2008 more >>
The owner of a 16th century coaching inn is building two semi-detached three bedroom houses from bales of straw for the families of his staff to live in at his hotel and restaurant Ralegh’s Cross, in Exmoor, Somerset. Made of 530 bales of straw they form part of Mr Rowan’s plan to reduce the inn’s energy bills and carbon footprint along with installing solar panels and a 20 kilowatt wind turbine.
Birmingham Post 23rd Oct 2008 more >>
Another Micro-CHP Boiler
CHESHIRE green energy product supplier Energetix says today it has signed an agreement with a domestic boiler maker which could see its technology installed in millions of homes across Europe. Energetix subsidiary, Energetix Genlec, is to collaborate with Germany heating technoogy firm, Stiebel Eltron, to integrate its micro combined heat and power (micro-CHP) unit into a boiler for the European domestic heating market.
LDP Business 23rd Oct 2008 more >>
Following the destruction of their Perthshire church, the Bankfoot congregation decided to rebuild and wanted the construction, design and future use to be as sustainable as possible. That has been achieved, with the church including numerous features that make it environmentally friendly. These include renewable energy sources with two wind turbines and a ground source heat pump.
Dundee Courier 23rd Oct 2008 more >>
Christian Today 22nd Oct 2008 more >>
THE Duke of Kent will officially open Huddersfield University’s £15m creative arts building and view the building’s environmentally friendly aspects, which include a roof tank to collect rain water as well as the six wind turbines and solar panels.
Huddersfield Examiner 22nd Oct 2008 more >>
The Solaris Centre is widely know as an environmentally friendly building, incorporating wind turbines, solar roof panels alongside the latest insulation and energy conservation technologies – meaning it’s the perfect place for the council to introduce Fairtrade products.
Blackpool Gazette 22nd Oct 2008 more >>
Micro Power Audit
More and more people are becoming interested in the possibilities of generating renewable energy at home. There are loads of ways you can do this, and it’s not as expensive as you might think. These technologies include things like solar panels, small windturbines and boilers that burn wood instead of gas. As a group, we call them micropower. Up till now there has been a confusing amount of information on which of these technologies might be suitable for you, depending on your property. That’s why we created the Micropower Audit. It’s a simple set of questions to answer about your property to see which of these technologies might be suitable.
FoE Scotland 22nd Oct 2008 more >>
Micro-Combined Heat and Power (micro-CHP) developer Ceramic Fuel Cells has insisted its long term development plans have not been significantly damaged by one of its multi-million pound investments being hit by the global market downturn.
H&V News 22nd Oct 2008 more >>
GREEN SCHEMES being mooted for Angus Council’s HQ could see a 60-metre wind turbine become a feature of the Forfar skyline. Officials admit achieving planning approval could be difficult but say detailed investigation of the idea and a scheme for biomass heating is worthwhile in view of potential environmental and financial benefits.
Dundee Courier 22nd Oct 2008 more >>
The first community-funded hydro-electricity plant in Yorkshire has attracted £25,000 of investment since its share offer was launched – in spite of the current economic climate. It still needs to confirm permission will be granted, but Settle Hydro Ltd, wants to install a 50kW hydro-power plant at Bridge End Weir in Settle.
Yorkshire Post 22nd Oct 2008 more >>
The revitalisation of the derelict former St Ebbas Hospital in Epsom has moved a step. Plans include 322 new homes, which will be built to English Partnerships’ ‘Eco-homes Excellent’ standard. As part of the commitment to design and build the development to a high environmental standard, 20 percent of energy will be generated from onsite renewable sources.
English Partnerships 21st Oct 2008 more >>
A wind turbine up to 50ft high could be built on the roof of Carlisle Civic Centre to help the city council go green.
Cumberland News 21st Oct 2008 more >>
Construction of an Eco-friendly Education Centre has begun in Dorset. It will be powered by solar thermal, photovoltaics and biomass heating.
DorsetFourYou 21st Oct 2008 more >>
Shawlands Academy has plans to raise funding for solar panels and a wind turbine in the future - the building already has sensors on light fittings in the toilets to reduce electricity use.
Guardian 21st Oct 2008 more >>
On October 16, in his first speech to parliament as head of the newly-created Department of Energy and Climate Change, Miliband said he will amend the climate change bill to raise the carbon emissions cuts from 60% to 80% to be met by 2050. He said part of that effort includes greater support for microgeneration technologies including combined heat and power (CHP). He added the amended bill will include a feed-in tariff for microgeneration as well as “small community-scale renewable energy projects”.
Heating and Ventilating Review 22nd Oct 2008 more >>
Park & Generate
Three eco-friendly wind turbines could be built at Southport’s Kew Park and Ride. The 18-metre structures would power the lighting at the site and provide heating in the passenger waiting area.
Sefton Council 20th Oct 2008 more >>
PLANS for a scheme to generate electricity from the power of rivers in the Lyn Valley continue to flow onwards as funding becomes available. On Wednesday, October 22, the Executive Committee of North Devon Council will be asked to release £75,000 allocated to the project so a detailed technical feasibility study and design work can be carried out.
North Devon Gazette 20th Oct 2008 more >>
East Cheshire Training and Assessment (Ecta), has opened a training centre to deliver Logic Certification’s renewables courses. These cover ground and air source heat pumps, as well as solar, gas and electrical.
H&V News 20th Oct 2008 more >>
Tackling Existing Homes
Ed Miliband, the new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, is drawing up plans for a “big shift” in the way Britons heat and power their homes, The Independent on Sunday can reveal. The plans – which are scheduled to be published at the end of next month – are expected to include tough targets for cutting energy use in the country’s 26 million homes, notoriously the worst insulated in Europe, and generous incentives to make it easy for householders to meet them.
Independent on Sunday 19th Oct 2008 more >>
Staff at Co-op Travel are appealing for Widnes Schools who might want to be involved in the Co-op group solar schemw.
Runcorn and Widnes Weekly 17th Oct 2008 more >>
NOTTINGHAM South MP Alan Simpson, a Labour rebel, has spoken in favour of the Government’s new energy policy. Energy secretary Ed Miliband announced Britain will introduce tariffs which guarantee producers of renewable energy an above-market price for power they sell back to the National Grid.
Nottingham Evening Post 17th Oct 2008 more >>
Tynedale Biomass Project
Celebrations for the successful completion and official opening of the Bellingham Station Yard project were in full swing on 10 October. The project includes the relocation of the Tourist Information Centre, the extension and refurbishment of the Heritage Centre, and the installation of a biomass boiler using locally sourced fuel providing a sustainable renewable energy supply.
Tynedale Council 10th Oct 2008 more >>