week ending 19 November 2010
Bourne-based builder FE Peacock Construction Ltd part of the Larkfleet Group, has enhanced its ability to produce low carbon buildings by becoming an MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) accredited installer of photovoltaic (PV) panels.
24 Dash 19th Nov 2010 more >>
Small Wind Boost
The small wind sector in the Northwest is to receive a boost thanks to £1 million of new European funding. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has agreed to invest £1.1 million in a project being launched at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to develop a world-class, high-tech small wind energy technologies sector within the Northwest region. The initiative also aims to increase the uptake of small wind technologies (SWT) by small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
Greenwise Business 19th Nov 2010 more >>
AN egg producer is branching into eco-friendly energy and wants to build a wind turbine on one of its farms to demonstrate its potential.
Derby Telegraph 19th Nov 2010 more >>
Hexham Solar Plan
PLANNERS have agreed to visit the proposed site for a huge solar energy development after being told that it has the potential to map the country’s low-carbon future. Farm owner Christopher Porter wants to install 18 solar panels in a field adjacent to his remote farmhouse at Steel, near Whitley Chapel in Hexhamshire.
Newcastle Journal 19th Nov 2010 more >>
On April 1, the Government introduced a new subsidy program to incentivise individuals and businesses to install small-scale renewable energy generating. Those using qualifying renewable energies, basically solar and wind power, will receive a payment from their electricity supplier for each kilowatt hour (kWh) that they generate, and a further payment for each kWh of electricity that they feed into the national grid.
Birmingham Post 19th Nov 2010 more >>
Yorkshire Garden Centre
A GARDEN centre is set to become even more green after plans to build wind turbines on site were given approval. The application from Langlands Nurseries in Shiptonthorpe was put before the planning committee at East Riding Council where it was given the green light, as recommended by the planning officer.
Pocklington Post 18th Nov 2010 more >>
A BOOMING South Yorkshire ‘green energy’ company is planning to create 300 jobs as it expands into providing government-backed home heating and insulation. Tankersley-based A Shade Greener installs solar panels on homes to supply the householder with electricity for free
Sheffield Star 18th Nov 2010 more >>
The National Trust’s carriage museum at Arlington Court is now generating its own income following one of the UK’s largest installations of photo-voltaic (PV) cells on a historic building. The 113 m2 installation near Barnstaple in Devon will generate up to 6.3 megawatt hours (mWh) of energy each year, saving the museum about GBP600 from its electricity bill and generating income of around GBP2,270 per year by feeding energy back into the grid.
PR Newswire 18th Nov 2010 more >>
High-efficiency crystalline solar firm SunPower is on track to get the cost of solar power down to $1.08 (68p) per watt by the end of 2011, according to its chief executive.
Business Green 18th Nov 2010 more >>
A new scheme is being launched in a Cornish town which aims to generate both solar power and money for the local community. Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network has been launched to finance and promote solar power, with the aim of it generating 30 per cent of the town’s needs by 2015. At the same time, it plans to pool money raised by selling electricity to the National Grid back into a fund for community projects in the town.
This is Cornwall 17th Nov 2010 more >>
A NORTH Cornwall farm is a finalist in the county’s sustainability awards. It is an organic, sustainable, carbon neutral farm powered by renewable energy with almost zero use of fossil fuels, one of the first in the country.
Plymouth Herald 17th Nov 2010 more >>
CONSTRUCTION boss has spoken of his pride in his company’s latest and greenest project to date – a new eco-centre for the county. Ashover-based Wildgoose Construction was the main contractor for the new facility situated next to The National Stone Centre in Wirksworth. The £1.3m project for Derbyshire County Council will be the county hub for courses and activities focusing on education for sustainable development. The centre was constructed with an air source heat pump, solar panels and a living green roof, with 16 different wild flower species and five native grasses.
Matlock Mercury 17th Nov 2010 more >>
Biomethane can provide over one sixth of all UK residential heat by 2020 and vehicle fuel. Rapid development of Biomethane to Grid is necessary and for carbon offsetting, biomethane vehicle fuel presents the best of all potential biogas uses. It can meet the required increase in renewable electricity, heat and fuel production to achieve the 15 percent renewable energy target set by the European Union for 2020. However, UK regulatory and financial barriers need to be overcome and the UK can learn from substantial progress made in Sweden, Germany and Denmark.
Edie 16th Nov 2010 more >>
GREEN campaigners have unveiled plans to install solar panels on two of the city’s biggest bus depots and then sell the electricity produced back to the owners. Pedal, a Portobello-based environmental organisation, hopes to install the equipment on Lothian Buses’ Marine and Seafield depots.
Edinburgh Evening News 16th Nov 2010 more >>
E.ON Sustainable Energy has announced the appointment of Thomas Buss as Head of Microgeneration, to help further strengthen and drive its offering within the specialist field. Buss brings with him a wealth of expertise to his new role, with over 14 years of experience in the renewable energy and tech industries. Prior to joining E.ON, he previously held roles at Philips, where he led a start-up in Energy Management, and Ariston Thermo Group, as Head of Renewable Microgeneration. During his recent career, Buss has managed a portfolio of heat pumps, solar thermal products and significant investments in Stirling and Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Micro CHP.
Click Green 16th Nov 2010 more >>
The UK’s largest banking group has announced it is keen to work with small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) that want to take out loans to invest in the UK’s emerging low-carbon economy. Lloyds Banking Group today urged SMEs to immediately start developing green products and services, ahead of a CBI climate change summit on Wednesday, which it is sponsoring.
Business Green 15th Nov 2010 more >>
Ofgem has revealed that more than 11,000 generators registered for feed-in tariffs during the first six months of the incentive scheme, confirming that the policy has led to a surge in renewable energy installations. About 44MW of renewable capacity was added after the tariffs came into force in April this year, as 11,352 systems were installed – enough to power about 35,000 homes.
Business Green 15th Nov 2010 more >>
THE Sharp factory is launching a new renewable energy academy. The factory at Llay near, Wrexham, will train tradesman to an accredited standard to install solar panels to power houses and businesses. The UK is one of the world’s fastest growing markets for solar panel technology. The academy will be officially launched at the factory on Friday December 3.
Daily Post 15th Nov 2010 more >>
Landowners in the West are championing the green revolution by installing fields full of solar panels. Dr Jonathan Scurlock, the chief adviser on renewable energy for the National Farmers’ Union, said the FiT scheme could help struggling parts of the agricultural sector. But he admitted opposition was inevitable due to the “industrial” look of the panels.
This is Dorset 15th Nov 2010 more >>
Eco-friendly villagers are putting their urban neighbours to shame with green schemes that are successfully reducing their carbon footprints. Three years ago a number of Kent’s rural community leaders took up the challenge to help tackle climate change, with some now reporting impressive results thanks to the energy-saving efforts of their residents. Meanwhile, South Thanet Tory MP Laura Sandys is calling for the Government to support the concept of Thanet becoming a centre for green technology, jobs and skills. She said: “Our world-renowned offshore wind farms should serve as anchors for future external investment. “Opportunities such as solar, biomass, marine energy, home insulation and micro-generation provide numerous windows for development and could deliver much-needed employment opportunities for local people.”
Kent News 15th Nov 2010 more >>
Eon & Micro-CHP
What is it that the CEO of Europe’s leading integrated energy company knows that you don’t? Energy giant E.ON has announced its new group strategy. Along with their plans for expansion into new markets in Russia and North America, their CEO, Dr Johannes Teyssen made particular mention of their ambitions to be market leaders in the energy world, utilising the best available technologies. Whilst restating E.ON’s long held belief in the need to consider a diversified range of energy solutions, he singled out “micro CHP for single family homes” as a key differentiated product within E.ON’s technology portfolio. He even went so far as to say that the Virtual Power Plant, incorporating micro CHP, was the way forward.
Micro Chap 14th Nov 2010 more >>
Micro CHP potential
Micro CHP (micro Combined Heat & Power) is the simultaneous production of heat and electricity in individual homes. Effectively the micro CHP unit replaces the gas central heating boiler and provides heat and hot water as usual, but additionally provides the majority of the home’s electricity needs. Although individual units produce, by definition, relatively small amounts of electricity, the significance of micro CHP lies in the potentially huge numbers of systems which may ultimately be installed in the millions of homes in the UK and other European countries where natural gas is currently the dominant heating fuel. It is anticipated that, ultimately, micro CHP may provide 20% or so of the UK’s electricity generating capacity, more than is currently obtained from nuclear power.
Micro Chap 12th Nov 2010 more >>
The Government is considering making changes to the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme to stop the development of ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) field arrays, it emerged yesterday. Speaking in Parliament, yesterday morning, Energy Minister Greg Barker said the Government had inherited a FiT system that had failed to anticipate PV field arrays, which he said ran the risk of distorting the solar market.
Green Wise Business 12th Nov 2010 more >>
THOUSANDS of solar panels will be visible from The Ridgeway if a new energy scheme gets the go-ahead. Farmer Adam Twine is planning to install the panels next to five 50m wind turbines which were installed on his land in the Vale of White Horse two-and-half years ago. The wind turbines generate electricity for the National Grid and Mr Twine is planning to do the same with the solar panels.
Oxford Mail 12th Nov 2010 more >>
Solar photovoltaic could account for 5% of global power demand by 2020, and up to 9% by 2030, according to this global solar photovoltaic outlook by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) and Greenpeace International.
Greenpeace International 27th Oct 2010 more >>