week ending 6 May 2011
Green Deal Underwhelming
Experts and members of industry have expressed concern that uptake of the government’s Green Deal will be subdued when it launches next year. A recent survey by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) found 44 per cent of its members believe homeowners were “unlikely” to engage with the Green Deal. The government believes 14 million homes will eventually have insulation fitted through the scheme, although if all 26 million were to engage, this would support up to 250,000 jobs. However, Gordon Miller, sustainability and communications director of Sustain Worldwide, said the results of the FMB survey “underlines what many industry observers anticipate: that take up will be underwhelming”.
Low Carbon Economy 6th May 2011 more >>
UK’s largest privately-owned PV
A Herefordshire chicken farmer has flicked the switch on the UK’s largest privately-owned solar photovoltaics installation, which boasts 1,600 solar panels. The panels cover 2,000m2 of south-facing roof at Roger Bowen’s Brooklands Farm. The 300kW system will provide 55% of the farm’s annual electricity needs. The installation is 100kW larger than a system owned by Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis.
New Civil Engineer 6th May 2011 more >>
Lobby hard to save solar
The consultation on the government’s proposed cuts to feed-in tariff incentives for solar projects with 50kW capacity draws to a close today, with industry figures warning that the sector faces “disaster” if the coalition adopts its current proposals. The consultation documents, which were launched in March, propose deep cuts to feed-in tariff incentives of between 40 and 70 per cent for all solar photovoltaic (PV) installations with over 50kW capacity. A spokeswoman for DECC confirmed that the consultation exercises had resulted in 370 responses as of yesterday. Some solar firms focused on small scale domestic panels have supported the government’s argument that cuts to the feed-in tariffs available to larger installations are necessary to protect the level of incentives available to households. But many developers and industry trade groups have submitted responses to the consultation warning that the scale of the cuts will result in a halt to all solar installations with over 50kW capacity.
Guardian 6th May 2011 more >>
Little hope for solar
On the final day of the Government’s consultation over reform of the feed-in tariffs paid to solar power installations that feed energy back into the grid, it is fair to say the renewable energy industry is not holding out much hope of a reprieve from the Department of Energy and Climate Change. They fear Chris Huhne, the man in charge at Decc, has no choice but to insist on the big cuts to the tariffs he proposes for all but the smallest solar installations, having cut a deal months ago with the Treasury to reduce his budget.
Independent 6th May 2011 more >>
Local yoga teacher Anna Semlyen has converted her home to run on solar electricity and will welcome visitors to guided tours of the property.
York Press 6th May 2011 more >>
PV module manufacturer, China Sunergy has obtained the UK’s Microgeneration Certification Scheme certificate.
PV Tech 5th May 2011 more >>
US Solar Cities
Representatives from 25 US cities met in Philadelphia for the 4th annual Solar America Cities conference to figure out how to accelerate solar energy. They discussed emerging trends in urban energy use and solutions to local solar barriers, such as zoning, financing and unwieldy permitting processes.
IB Times 5th May 2011 more >>
Solar powered lighthouse
HARTLAND lighthouse could be sparked up by renewable energy. Trinity House has applied to install a solar powered navigational beacon and small solar array and battery cubicle at the lighthouse.
This is North Devon 5th May 2011 more >>
Renewable energy offers a profitable diversification opportunity for many farm businesses, but for one Herefordshire farm it has become the focus. There are four types of renewable energy system in action at Humber Court Farm near Leominster in Herefordshire.
Farmers Weekly 5th May 2011 more >>
Solar photovoltaic (PV) could reach 130-200 GW of installed capacity by 2015, according to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).
Renewable Energy Focus 5th May 2011 more >>
Over the past decade, the photovoltaic (PV) market has experienced unprecedented growth. In particular in the last year, the photovoltaic market has reached a cumulative installed capacity of roughly 40 GW world-wide, with an annual added capacity of 16.6 GW. The photovoltaic power is well on the way to becoming a fully competitive part of the electricity system in the European Union (EU) and an increasingly important part of the energy mix around the Globe. But much of the progress in recent years has been very heterogeneous, varying from country to country, due to several factors, the most important being different national regulations and incentive schemes as well as varying availability of financing facilities.
European Photovoltaic Industry Association (Global Outlook until 2015) May 2011 more >>
Solar – non-permitted development
Government plans to roll out a renewable energy network are being hampered by confusion and a shocking level of inconsistency at the local level, a new survey has found. Renewable Energy Installer magazine submitted Freedom of Information requests to all 422 local of the authorities in England and Wales requesting data on planning permissions processed since 2008 relating specifically to solar panels. And the figures make alarming reading. Despite government legislation to scrap the need for planning permission, many councils are still insisting homeowners seek their consent before installing solar panels.
Click Green 5th May 2011 more >>
Cuts cloud solar outlook
Outside the Cornish town of Bodmin, Britain’s nascent renewable energy industry had planned to fill a farmer’s fields with enough solar panels to power 1,000 households. But an official review of the subsidies given to solar generation has brought the scheme to a halt, calling into question the viability of this form of renewable energy in the UK
FT 4th May 2011 more >>
BiogenGreenfinch is to collect waste fruit and vegetables from three street markets in Hackney, London for conversion into renewable energy. Waste food from Hoxton Market, Broadway Market and Ridley Road Market is to be collected by the Bedfordshire-based anaerobic digestion specialist instead of going into landfill.
Waste Management World 4th May 2011 more >>
Plastic solar cell pioneer Eight19 has unveiled plans to manufacture in Cambridge as it fuels massive international expansion. The Cambridge Science Park company also revealed to Business Weekly that it would be looking for more cash following a £5m-£10m fundraising later next year.
Business Weekly 4th May 2011 more >>
Anaerobic on a small scale
BIOGAS industry leaders have praised Reaseheath College’s efforts to demonstrate the viability of smaller scale, renewable energy production on farms. At the commissioning of the college’s demonstration anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association, Charlotte Morton, said that the plant would make a significant contribution to the understanding of farmers and technologists.
Crewe Chronicle 4th May 2011 more >>
Work should be starting in the next few weeks on the construction of Dorset’s first solar farm at Park Farm, Iwerne Minster. An application for the development in a nearly ten hectare field belonging to farmer Alan Perrett and his family was approved unanimously on Thursday by North Dorset District Council’s development control committee. And a spokesman for the developers, Stuart Homewood, said some of the switchgear for the development was already on order, as part of its progression of schemes under way in Cornwall.
This is Somerset 4th May 2011 more >>
Eon solar scheme
A new scheme has been launched by energy provider, E.ON, that could see up to 15,000 homes could benefit from solar power installations costing as little as £99.
Connecting Industry 3rd May 2011 more >>
After talking loudly and proudly about its desire to see the expansion of Britain’s renewable energy sector, the Coalition is about to take an axe to its support for the most successful initiative in this area.
Independent 3rd May 2011 more >>
And another solar farm
A £12MILLION solar energy farm will be built in Bourne despite opposition from a local landowner. South Kesteven District Council approved plans last Tuesday for Lark Energy to install solar panels on a site on Spalding Road.
Spalding Guardian 3rd May 2011 more >>
More Solar Farms
MORE than 27,000 solar panels could be installed on farmland in Devon under two separate plans submitted to create the area’s first solar farm. Power firm AEE Renewables Ltd has already submitted a plan to create a 5MW solar farm on nearly 40 acres of agricultural land at Ayshford Court Farm, near Westleigh, now a second plan has been unveiled. A six-acre plus site at Tidderson Moor, near Rackenford could be given over to generating solar energy if the scheme is given the go-ahead, by North Devon Council.
This is Devon 2nd May 2011 more >>
In light of the trials and tribulations facing the UK’s new Feed-in Tariff, Miguel Mendonca explores what could happen next in a 2 part article, drawing from numerous discussions he has had had with those working directly with the policy.
Renewable Energy Focus 1st May 2011 more >>