week ending 22 April 2011
Up and down the country there are already hundreds of people getting together and setting up renewable energy projects. They’re proving that there really is an alternative way to do things. But at the same time only 2% of people are on ‘green tariff’s. Here at energyshare we think that needs to change. In a big way. In order to make a really big difference, we all need to work together. We’ve learnt from our other projects (like River Cottage, Hugh’s Fish Fight, Chicken Out and Landshare) that when you bring together people, communities, organisations and the media, something really BIG can happen. So energyshare brings people together in person and online to turn the system on its head. It gives everyone the opportunity to source, use and (when you’re ready ) even generate your own 100% British renewable energy - and save money doing it.
Energy Share 22nd April 2011 more >>
PLANS have been lodged to develop North Lincolnshire’s first-ever solar power generation field. A £2 million investment in solar power by Nottingham-based Parkside Luxury Homes has been earmarked for a 10-acre field at Trentside, Keadby. If given the go-ahead, around half of the field would be covered by more than 4,200 photovoltaic cells standing around eight feet tall. Stephen Whelbourn, company secretary for Parkside, said the firm was aiming for an August 1 deadline to get work completed. However, the application has provoked opposition from some residents who already face having a wind farm built on their doorstep.
This is Scunthorpe 21st April 2011 more >>
Installing ground and water source heat pumps has become more financially attractive for organisations of all types, thanks to the government’s commitment to incentivise sustainable low carbon heating technology under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. The RHI, which is scheduled to be introduced later this year, guarantees subsidy payments over 20 years that will reduce the payback period for organisations that install ground source heat pump and water source heat pump technology.
Low Carbon Economy 21st April 2011 more >>
EDF Energy has formed a partnership with a British heat pump manufacturer in response to the growing demand from customers seeking to benefit from the government’s planned Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. The utility announced this week that it has signed a contract for an undisclosed sum with Surrey-based Daikin to supply the Altherma range of air source heat pumps to domestic customers.
Business Green 21st April 2011 more >>
Stiebel Eltron has agreed a partnership deal with Leicester-based renewable energy distributor Underfloor Warehouse (UFW).Stiebel Eltron, which has offices in 72 countries and a global turnover of more than 475m, will supply ground and air source heat pump technology to the independent distributor.
Heating & Ventilating.net 20th April 2011 more >>
Connecting Industry 21st April 2011 more >>
Predictions of soaring demand for solar thermal systems following the launch of the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) have prompted two of the UK’s leading solar firms to sign an equipment deal this week worth up to £52m. The partnership will see Solar Fusion agree to install solar thermal systems manufactured by London-based Surface Power.
Business Green 21st April 2011 more >>
Winchester Solar Problems
MORE than 500 Hampshire homes have lost out on a scheme to provide solar panels to council houses. Winchester City Council had planned to install Photo-Voltaic Cells on around 2,000 of its 5,000 houses, but that number has dropped to between 1,000 and 1,500 because of problems with shading and limited roof space and damage.
Daily Echo 20thApril 2011 more >>
German Solar comes to Liverpool
A GERMAN solar energy firm is to open its second UK base in south Liverpool. Solen Energy UK is regarded as one of Europe’s leading solar energy groups and will create eight jobs is Speke.
Liverpool Daily Post 20th April 2011 more >>
The consortium of house builders aiming to construct code level 4 homes relying on building material performance rather than renewable energy sources have pinpointed sites to start work. The AIMC4 consortium comprises Stewart Milne, Crest Nicholson and Barratt Developments, backed by H+H UK, BRE and Oxford Brookes University.
Construction Enquirer 19th April 2011 more >>
HENRY Boot Construction has launched a renewable energy division which it says will “strategically position” the firm for growth over the coming years. The business said it plans to position itself at the forefront of micro-generation renewable energy technologies, initially focusing on the solar PV, heat pumps and wind power markets.
Yorkshire Post 19th April 2011 more >>
Going Solar has starting work on the UK’s largest rooftop solar power project at a site in Ipswich. The renewable energy installer has begun fitting the first of 2,200 photovoltaic panels on to a series of warehouse roofs at Debach Enterprises on Ransomes Europark.
Building Talk 19th April 2011 more >>
Ovesco is looking to raise £307,000 in order to launch the UK’s first community-owned environmental solar project. Business Green reported that developers are looking to have the project up and running before cuts are made to Feed-in-Tariff incentives. The share issue will be launched today for the scheme, which will see a 98kW installation on the roof of Harveys Brewery in Lewes.
Low Carbon Economy 19th April 2011 more >>
Business Green 19th April 2011 more >>
A GROUP of solar companies has launched a High Court legal challenge against proposals to cut tariffs for larger solar energy projects. The group has filed a claim in the High Court for a Judicial Review of Energy Secretary Chris Huhne’s review of the feed in tariff scheme, which, launched on February 7,.included the fast track review of tariffs for larger scale solar developments.
Farmers Guardian 19th April 2011 more >>
FT 19th April 2011 more >>
Guardian 19th April 2011 more >>
This is Cornwall 20th April 2011 more >>
Business Green 19th April 2011 more >>
North Wales Installer
North Wales electrical contractor AT Green has signed a deal with renewable energy manufacturer Stiebel Eltron to develop opportunities for solar installations across the region. AT Green states that it recently achieved MCS accreditation to install solar PV systems.
H&V News 19th April 2011 more >>
The UK’s first community solar power station will be built in Sussex - and the residents who came up with the idea are calling for other local people to invest in the scheme.
ITV Local 19th April 2011 more >>
PLANS for Britain’s first community-owned solar power station are back on track. The scheme for Harveys Brewery in Lewes suffered a setback last month when the government announced a reduced feed-in tariff for solar arrays. But the project for a solar roof on the brewery’s storage depot in Daveys Lane is being vigorously pursued by Ovesco Limited. Director Dirk Campbell said: “The Harveys warehouse roof project is definitely going ahead. We’re pulling out all the stops to make it a success – we’ve already raised more than a third of the £300,000 share capital in pledges.”
Sussex Express 20th April 2011 more >>
Cameron’s Stupid Plan
Cuts to the solar power feed-in tariff proposed by David Cameron as part of the UK government’s spending review could leave the UK’s solar power industry lagging behind the rest of the world.
Solar Portal 19th April 2011 more >>
Thinq 19th April 2011 more >>
UK energy efficiency and renewables business Anesco has won a contract to build a 250kW ground-mounted solar power plant for micro-generation company Farm Power Generation. It will also provide multi-year maintenance services. Anesco provides insulation solutions, ground source heat pumps, and renewable micro-generation equipment to homeowners, businesses and local governments.
Newnet 18th April 2011 more >>
Ecovision is offering a huge 10% discount on all standard solar PV installations throughout the UK for the month of April. With this level of discount there has never been a better time to install a solar system and it will be hard to find better prices anywhere.
Low Carbon Economy 18th April 2011 more >>
FiT for homeowners
The number of solar power installations in the residential sector is climbing dramatically, despite the uncertainty surrounding the government-backed “Feed-in-Tariff” (FiT), according to renewable energy expert, Lee Summers. Mr Summers, director of Alumet Renewable Technology and EOS Energy, said homeowners considering investing in a solar photovoltaic (PV) system had the government’s clear support. The FiT review currently underway would not affect residential solar power schemes, but was aimed at large commercial installations. He said that in the past year, since the FiT was introduced, 28,032 new PV arrays had been installed on residential properties in the UK, generating 77.864MW of power.
Heating & Plumbing Monthly 18th April 2011 more >>
PV and Toxics
Henderson SRI team has been working with other investors and a US organisation called the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition to survey the manufacturing practices of leading solar manufacturers around the world.
Mindful Money 18th April 2011 more >>
Welsh Farm Turbines
A WIND farm operator is seeking sites across South Wales suitable for small scale wind installations. Windberry Energy Holdings has appointed Alder King to find sites suitable for wind turbines. The consultants are seeking sites of 1,000 square metres available on a 25-year lease. Windberry specialises in smaller sites suitable for up to two, mid-sized turbines. A Windberry turbine is approximately 45% of the size of a typical large-scale turbine, and stands at 37 metres tall. A single turbine installation returns a yearly rent of £12,000 to the landowner, which increases in line with inflation.
Western Mail 18th April 2011 more >>
Isle of Wight
An Isle of Wight community group says it is aiming to make the island the UK’s first energy self-sufficient and carbon neutral region by 2020. The island, which is 23-miles long and 13-miles wide, annually draws 600GWh of electricity per year from the mainland. The group Eco Island said power for the population of 142,500 could come from a waste to energy plant, solar panels and tidal and geothermal power.
BBC 15th April 2011 more >>
Over a thousand homeowners across the south east of England will get free solar PV systems worth up to £15,000. The Green Home Company is offering the solar installations after receiving £15 million of finance from the FITs scheme. In exchange for allowing The Green Home Company to fit panels to their roof the homeowner will benefit from free electricity generated by the solar panels.
Edie 15th April 2011 more >>