week ending 5 August 2011
Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network in North Cornwall is attracting notice from further afield. Sir Graham Watson, Lib Dem Euro-MP and Chairman of the Climate Parliament, an organisation of legislators from across the globe committed to combating climate change, met with the Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) on Monday 18th July to find out more about the network and how they could benefit from potential EU funding streams.
This is Cornwall 5th Aug 2011 more >>
One of the UK’s largest energy companies has revealed that it is aiming to double revenues from its fast-expanding Business Energy Services division, on the back of growing corporate demand for its energy efficiency and renewables services.
Business Green 5th Aug 2011 more >>
Homes could be severely damaged if roof mounted renewable technologies are not installed effectively, according to a new guide from the NHBC Foundation. While the potential energy savings to be made from solar thermal and photovoltaic (PV) systems and microwind turbines could be considerable, the potential for generating roof leakages through rain penetration, and structural damage to walls from wind action is high if roof mounted microgeneration systems are not installed correctly.
24 Dash 5th Aug 2011 more >>
Scottish Farm Strategy
A strategy to help farmers, crofters and landowners capitalise on the renewable energy revolution is to be put together by the Scottish Government.
Press & Journal 5th Aug 2011 more >>
Herald 5th Aug 2011 more >>
STV 4th Aug 2011 more >>
NFU Scotland yesterday welcomed the announcement by rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead on the setting up of an agri-renewables strategy - but the union repeated its earlier concerns relating to grid connections and bottlenecks in the planning system as major hurdles to achieving Scotland’s renewable energy target.
Scotsman 5th Aug 2011 more >>
Secret Millionaire solar scheme
A partnership forged on the TV show The Secret Millionaire is launching a “significant” new fund to provide a helping hand to rooftop solar energy projects. Grants of up to £150,000 to fit photovoltaic panels are being offered to public and private organisations by Freetricity, a company formed by businessman Paul Williams and entrepreneur and environmentalist Ben Way, who met on the Channel Four programme.
Business Green 4th Aug 2011 more >>
Sussex Solar Training
MID Sussex companies can benefit from specialist training in sustainable and renewable energy. Central Sussex College has developed a range of new courses to reduce carbon emissions and training covers the installation of solar thermal and solar photovoltaic panels to meet new qualification standards of competency.
Mid Sussex Times 4th Aug 2011 more >>
Renewable energy supplier Good Energy has followed the Big Six UK utilities by raising its gas prices by 9.4% but has pledged to keep its electricity tariffs unchanged until at least 2012.
Energy Efficiency News 4th Aug 2011 more >>
Thames Water has signed a deal to install photovoltaic systems large enough to cover 15 football pitches at three London sites. The contract is being carried out in partnership with Ennoviga Solar, a photovoltaic developer. Under the £7m, 25-year deal, Ennoviga Solar has created an investment company that will own and maintain the solar arrays.
FM World 4th Aug 2011 more >>
H&V.net 3rd Aug 2011 more >>
SCOTTISH Water chief executive Richard Ackroyd says the state-owned utility could, within 10 years, be generating three times as much electricity as the 40 million-plus-a-year which it consumes, through wind and hydro power, and food-waste-to-energy schemes.
Herald 4th Aug 2011 more >>
Advice to farmers on how to select a renewable energy supplier.
Farmers Weekly 4th Aug 2011 more >>
Oxfordshire Solar Farm
Electrical services contractor JT Hawkes has installed Britain’s largest solar power plant bringing renewable energy to 1,500 homes in Oxfordshire. The environmental specialist worked against the clock to design, install and commission the electricity plant for Westmill Solar Farm at Swindon in only six weeks. JT Hawkes’s efforts enabled the farm to go live before August 1 when Government changes to ‘feed-in tariff’ legislation took effect.
Building Talk 4th Aug 2011 more >>
Almost 60MW of solar farms
The NFU believes the first 16 large-scale solar farm projects, installed just days before the government deadline for incentives ran out, will contribute a remarkable 46.3 megawatts of power to the national grid. A further six ’solar parks’ have also started generating power on brownfield sites, adding another 12.9 megawatts.
Farming UK 3rd Aug 2011 more >>
In theory the community hydro project planned for the weir on the River Calder at Whalley is a great idea which will generate about £80,000 worth of electricity a year. However, fishery experts have expressed fears that the scheme could lead to flooding and drastically hit migrating fish so that ‘the river could die’.
Lancashire Telegraph 3rd Aug 2011 more >>
Exeter Solar Seminar
BUSINESS owners and landlords will be able to find out about the potential savings from using solar power in their energy mix at a free workshop in Exeter. Commercial solar integrator Ikaros Solar UK will be hosting the event at Basepoint Business Centre in Marsh Barton between 8.45am and 10.45am on Wednesday, August 17.
Exeter Express & Echo 3rd Aug 2011 more >>
Heat Pump Trouble
The Advertising Standards Agency has upheld complaints filed by LPG supplier Calor Gas, that a mailshot distributed by a renewable energy installer was misleading, and ordered that it must not appear again in its original form. The mailshot was produced by Clear Space Marketing Limited on behalf of ACS Renewable Solutions of Towcester. The leaflet made several claims regarding the benefits of off-mains heating oil and LPG customers switching to electric heat pumps.
Oil Fired Up 3rd Aug 2011 more >>
South Gloucesteshire Renewable Call
CAMPAIGNERS want council leaders to use income from renewable energy schemes for further green projects. The environmentalists said as well as saving money, South Gloucestershire Council could earn an income by generating its own electricity using such sources as solar panels and wind turbines.
Bristol Evening Post 3rd Aug 2011 more >>
Carmarthen Solar Interest
AN environmental expert from Ammanford believes more and more people in the area are interested in saving money through solar power or better insulation. Tim Pullen, a sustainable building consultant and author of Simply Sustainable Homes, held a Transition Towns meeting in Llandeilo advising people how to cut bills. “The feedback was people were interested in how to better insulate their houses, get solar power on their roofs, and renewables in general,” he said of the June event, Sustainable Homes: Why and How, held at Llandeilo Civic Hall.
Carmarthen Journal 3rd Aug 2011 more >>
Bournemouth Airport used the latest photovoltaic (PV) technologies and energy reduction techniques to create what is possibly Europe’s first carbon neutral airport building.
Building Talk 3rd Aug 2011 more >>
Anglesey Energy Centre
THE keys to one of the UK’s most advanced renewable energy training centres has been officially handed over. Coleg Menai’s principal Dafydd Evans received the keys to the £6m Energy Centre from Tom Anwyl of Anwyl Construction. The building, situated on the college’s Llangefni campus on Anglesey, incorporates the latest in ground-source heating, solar panels, rainwater harvesting, insulation and lighting and constantly monitors its own energy usage.
Western Mail 3rd Aug 2011 more >>
The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is the internationally recognised quality assurance scheme designed with input from product and installer representatives. All MCS certificated products and installers have been rigorously tested against a robust set of criteria to provide greater protection for consumers. The fact that a number of PV installer companies have, in this instance, been operating outside the MCS scheme rules and REAL Assurance Scheme Consumer Code is obviously a real cause for concern.
Business Green 3rd Aug 2011 more >>
Ikea goes solar
IKEA has said it plans to install 39,000 solar panels in UK stores following its purchase of a wind farm in Scotland. The Swedish flat pack furnishings company is investing almost £4 million in fitting the photovoltaic panels to the rooftops of ten of its stores. IKEA said the panels will provide an average of 5% of each store’s energy requirements.
Retail Bulletin 2nd Aug 2011 more >>
Co-operative Share Option
ALMOST £250,000 has already been invested in a project which will generate electricity from the River Esk. The Esk Valley Community Energy Group has opened up the scheme to people who want to buy shares in the project which needs £320,000 to pay for the installation of a 50kw hydroelectric turbine in the river at Ruswarp. Share prices range from £250 to £20,000 and following events in Whitby and Danby to pulicise the share option applications are coming in now on a daily basis. The group has been registered as a co-operative and planning permission for the scheme has been given the go-ahead by the North York Moors National Park.
Whitby Gazette 2nd Aug 2011 more >>
THE cost of renewable energy devices is preventing people installing them on their homes in Scotland, according to new research. A survey showed almost two thirds of Scots are interested in renewable energy technology such as solar panels. However, they are put off by the price, which can be as high as £12,000 for an array of solar panels or £23,000 for a home wind turbine
Scotsman 2nd Aug 2011 more >>
From today, Government grants of up to £1,250 are available to help UK households install renewable energy systems to heat their homes and reduce energy bills.
Money High Street 1st Aug 2011 more >>
A FARMLAND project to produce electricity from tonnes of cow manure and slurry has been given the green light. The scheme, one of the few of its kind in the country, will help tackle the causes of climate change and reduce farmyard smells in the area. The project, by DW Thomas and Sons, of Llanmaes, in the Vale of Glamorgan, involves building a biogas plant at Pancross Farm in Llancarfan. The plant will turn cow slurry, maize, silage and cow manure into biogas for electricity generation.
South Wales Echo 1st Aug 2011 more >>
Cornwall’s green dream
Community groups have a huge part to play in securing the Westcountry’s energy security and prosperity, industry experts have said. Hundreds of people attended the biggest ever Cornwall Renewable Energy Show, held in the shadows of the imposing Delabole wind farm, which was re-powered to much fanfare by Energy Secretary Chris Huhne in February.
Western Morning News 30th July 2011 more >>
SOIL Association Scotland is running a practical workshop on developing on-farm renewables near Lauder next month. The morning session, covering what farmers need to know about setting up a biomass, hydro or wind project – including installing, grid connection, planning, feed-in tariffs and the renewable heat incentive – takes place at the Lodge, Carfraemill. Experts at the session include Scottish Agricultural College senior consultant Neil Harrison, Green Highland Renewables’ head of project development Alex Reading, and Scaled Energy director David Stirling. A representative of the Energy Saving Trust will advise on saving energy on the farm.
Southern Reporter 29th July 2011 more >>