week ending 19 March 2010
Scotland’s environment regulator, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), has urged the hydropower industry to respond to its consultation on guidance for developers of run-of-river hydropower schemes.
New Energy Focus 19th Mar 2010 more >>
A KILMARNOCK nursery is taking baby steps back to life after it was closed by the council in 2007. It is hoping to install a wind turbine and solar panels to make the place more eco-friendly and if costs allow, it will upgrade the central heating systems.
Kilmarnock Standard 19th Mar 2010 more >>
Renewable Heat Incentive
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) this week (March 16) called on the renewable heat industry to provide technical data and practical suggestions on how to improve and expand the proposed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
New Energy Focus 18th Mar 2010 more >>
Derby Farm Turbines
Ian Chambers, of John Bowler Eggs, wants South Derbyshire District Council to let the company build two wind turbines at its Woodcock Farm base, in Willowpit Lane, Hilton. On his behalf, agent Joanne Peaks, of Lancaster-based Segen Limited, has submitted proposals to construct two 11- kilowatt Gaia turbines mounted on 27m galvanised steel masts on company farmland.
Burton Mail 18th Mar 2010 more >>
Eco Building Products
The Deepings Trading Company has launched a renewable energy products division. Eco Building Products is based at the Eco Innovation Centre in Peterborough with a showroom in Market Deeping. The company’s new dedicated website showcases a wide range of high quality renewable energy and sustainable building products including heat pumps, solar panels, under floor heating, thermal insulation, timber frame and cladding, water saving plumbing and rainwater harvesting.
ADF Online 18th Mar 2010 more >>
Plumbing Park 18th Mar 2010 more >>
A new Clean Energy Trends report said that combined global revenue for the three major clean-energy sectors – solar photovoltaics (PV), wind power, and biofuels – grew by 11.4% in 2009 compared to 2008, reaching $139.1 billion.
Appliance Magazine 18th Mar 2010 more >>
The government announced yesterday (March 17th) a key programme to ensure that the UK is supplied with the skills needed to fuel the growth of new industries such as microgeneration. New National Skills Academies (NSA) will be developed to cover five new sectors - including green building services - thanks to £12 million of public investment matched by the private sector.
Rapid 18th Mar 2010 more >>
RHI should reward eco-homes
Provisions to reward developers of sustainable “eco-homes” who install renewable heat technologies should be included in the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, according to low carbon home building company, ZeroC Holdings Ltd.
New Energy Focus 18th Mar 2010 more >>
East of England businesses will for the first time have the opportunity to have their food waste turned into bio energy to heat homes and power cars thanks to a new anaerobic digestion facility set to be built in Suffolk. The anaerobic digestion (AD) facility, which will be the first of its kind to generate renewable energy for the gas grid, will be sited on land owned by Southwold-based independent brewery Adnams.
Greenwise 17th Mar 2010 more >>
The Welsh Assembly Government plans to use up to £34 million of European funding to improve energy efficiency in existing homes Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones announced.
Welsh Assembly Government 17th Mar 2010 more >>
Low Carbon Economy 18th Mar 2010 more >>
One of the toughest challenges he has faced so far was the energy saving makeover of a home in the Fulwood district of Sheffield - the home that secured the award for the Best Home Installation at the Yorkshire and the Humber Microgeneration Partnership Awards. Positive Footprint secured its success by combining electricity-generating solar cells with an air source heat pump, back up battery and a tenfold increase in the depth of insulation. But, that is only half the story. The home has the biggest solar cell array to be installed on a house in mainland UK and a complex hot water system.
Sheffield Star 17th Mar 2010 more >>
Markets and government policy cannot be relied upon to make the transition to a low carbon economy and instead the UK must rely on community renewables projects and civil activity, according to a new report. ‘Making Good Society’, a report by an independent inquiry committee made upof figures from business, politics, charity and faith groups and supported by not-for-profit foundation the Carnegie UK Trust, said that civil society would have to do more of the “heavy lifting” on climate change after the failure of the Copenhagen talks.
New Energy Focus 16th Mar 2010 more >>
Good Energy, a leading UK renewable electricity supplier, is leading a national campaign urging the Government to re-assess its reward scheme for early adopters of microgeneration.
Click Green 15th March 2010 more >>
Reaping Energy Rewards
Reepham in Norfolk has been given nearly £1m from the government’s Low Carbon Communities Challenge (LCCC) to spend on a wholesale low energy makeover of the town as part of a plan to make it one of the first, so-called, Low Carbon Communities in the UK. The cash will be split between 20 groups and organisations, funding everything from a biomass boiler at a preservation railway line and ground source heat pumps in the town’s churches to the world’s first electric minibus for the town’s high school - all during the next six months.
Fakenham Times 15th March 2010 more >>
Eastern Daily Press 15th March 2010 more >>
CORDEAUX School, Louth, showed the region the efforts they have made to become a sustainable school at a showcase event at the Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground. The school’s work on reducing energy use and becoming more efficient through its solar panels and potential wind turbine attracted particular attention.
Grimsby Telegraph 15th March 2010 more >>
Where there’s water there’s brass
ENVIRONMENTALISTS have welcomed a new report mapping out potential spots for water-power projects. More than 3,000 sites in Yorkshire and the Humber’s rivers have been identified by the Environment Agency, which could power around 130,000 homes.
Halifax Evening Courier 15th Mar 2010 more >>
East Lothian Solar
East Lothian provost Sheena Richardson hopes to put solar panels on her roof in Haddington. She has applied for planning permission for the scheme, since she lives in a conservation area. She is already trying to set a good example by driving an eco-friendly hybrid car. Cllr Richardson said: “The south side of my roof actually gets quite a lot of sun. It won’t be enough to provide heating, but hopefully it will heat the water.”
Edinburgh Evening News 15th Mar 2010 more >>
Council Tax Rebates
EDINBURGH residents who make their home more energy efficient are to be given a discount on their council tax under a new scheme. The city council is to provide residents with £60 off their annual council tax bill if they introduce loft or cavity wall insulation to their homes. It is part of the council’s attempts to cut down on carbon emissions across the city. The rebate will initially only be available to people who pay Scottish Gas to carry out the insulation work, although council officials say they are looking at possibly including other providers in the scheme in the future.
Scotsman 15th Mar 2010 more >>
Elephant & Castle
While wind speeds in the concrete jungle at the tower’s (The Razor at Elephant & Castle) base would render a wind turbine pointless, at 42 storeys up they are capable of 35mph gusts – a serious challenge for the workers who created the complex steel structure – and are projected to generate 8% of the building’s electricity needs.
Guardian 15th March 2010 more >>
Public Sector Efficiency
A £57m government loan scheme designed to help public sector bodies such as schools, hospitals and councils invest in energy efficiency projects has confirmed that less than a year after its launch, all the loan funding has been successfully allocated.
Business Green 15th March 2010 more >>
Key actions at a community level in a new Welsh Plan include: Working with stakeholders in Wales to encourage the take-up of renewable energy financial incentives from micro- to macro-scale projects; Maximising the significant benefits of providing domestic heat through renewable means in all our programmes; Further reducing the need for planning permission for installing domestic low carbon energy efficiency equipment; Championing the potential benefits of feed-in tariffs for community renewable energy projects; Encouraging the piloting of smart-grid technology in Wales; Supporting small-scale renewables developments through the planning system in Wales.
New Energy Focus 15th Mar 2010 more >>
New homes could become up to 25 percent more efficient in a bid to reduce up to two million tonnes worth of carbon emissions from UK households. The government has announced new proposals that will see new-builds become more energy efficient, with savings on water and other resources. According to the government, older buildings will also be subject to new regulations, with extensions, new boilers and windows meeting energy-saving standards.
Low Carbon Economy 15th Mar 2010 more >>
Building Integrated Turbine
The first wind turbines to be built into the fabric of a building in the UK will be completed this week. South London’s £113 million Strata building, nicknamed the ‘Electric Razor’ because of its shape and colour, will be able to generate around eight percent of the energy needed to run its 408 apartments.
Low Carbon Economy 15th Mar 2010 more >>
Home owners will be encouraged to club together to negotiate discounts from their energy bills under plans to be put forward in Labour’s general election manifesto. Such community energy co-operatives could also be used to get good deals on insulatiing properties and renewable energy devices such as solar panels or wind turbines. Labour will not pledge money for the idea, but will offer to set up an advisory service to support groups. No target will be set, but a Labour source said there could eventually be “several thousand” such projects.
Guardian 13th Mar 2010 more >>
Business Green 16th March 2010 more >>
Small Wind not FiT
The UK’s small wind turbine manufactures are saying that they will lose out to foreign solar panel manufactures in the race to cash in on the UK government’s new feed in tariff scheme. They go on to claim that their products will be penalized, because solar panel owners will receive higher government subsidies than wind turbine buyers. Right now, as the arrangement stands, a wind turbine would qualify for 26.7 to 34.5 per Kwh in government subsidies. However, solar panels would typically bring in 41p per Kwh.
Electric 12th Mar 2010 more >>
S INCE the Government announced its Feed-in-Tariff scheme last month, green electricity company Green Energy UK has seen a significant rise in the number of farmers looking into becoming electricity generators. The majority of these enquiries are about wind turbines. But Green Energy UK is urging farmers to consider other options. “Anaerobic digestion or small hydro generation requires a little more investment to set up, but unlike wind turbines, which only begin producing electricity when the wind is at a certain speed, hydro and anaerobic digestion can produce electricity around the clock. Some farmers we are working with on anaerobic digestion have found they are getting more from the process than just electricity to use and sell.”
Western Morning News 12th Mar 2010 more >>
Solar Country Life
Faced with having to give up her treasured family home of 21 years, a Cotswolds pensioner has come up with a thoroughly Green-and original-solution to the financial burden of running it, and has nearly halved her power bills. Christine Shine now owns and manages her own Ofgem-accredited renewable electricity plant, which powers not only her home, but others in the area. The power station comprises a series of 390 photovoltaic panels, which cover an area roughly the size of two tennis courts and are concealed in the grounds of Mrs Shine’s Gloucestershire home.
Country Life 11th Mar 2010 more >>
Solar and Wind Developer
A new company has formed to partner with landowners, commercial property owners and managers, to build, own and operate wind and solar power generating assets on sites across the UK. Vigor Renewables has launched to take advantage of the new feed-in tariffs (FiT), which come into effect at the beginning of next month. Also known as the Clean Energy Cashback scheme, FiT guarantees an inflation-linked income for on-site renewable energy projects under five megawatts in size for a period of up to 25 years.
Greenwise Business 8th Mar 2010 more >>
Two British clean technology firms have combined forces to unveil a blueprint for the eco schools of the future. PassivSystems is to work with ModCell on the creation of the ModCell Renewable Schools across the UK, targeting the Government’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
PassivSystems 4th Mar 2010 more >>