week ending 12 August 2011
The solar industry will experience a rollercoaster few years as revenues dip ahead of a rapid recovery, according to a major new study from analyst firm Lux Research, which predicts the market will contract from $64.4bn in 2010 to $56.9bn next year, before recovering to more than $65bn by 2016.
Business Green 12th Aug 2011 more >>
Dragon’s Den Solar Firm Expanding
A RENEWABLE energy firm is expanding into Exeter after winning investment on Dragons’ Den. Chris Hopkins, managing director of Ploughcroft Solar, emerged from negotiations on the popular BBC TV programme with a £120,000 cash injection from panellists Theo Paphitis and Westcountry entrepreneur Deborah Meaden.
Exeter Express & Echo 12th Aug 2011 more >>
The solar industry has been knocked off course by a government that has “destroyed confidence” in its renewable energy policy, says Alex Cunningham MP. The renewable industry has been taken aback by the government’s decision to slash Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) for medium to large scale Solar Photovoltaic (PV) projects.
ePolitix 12th Aug 2011 more >>
Bicester Eco Town
Plans to build 393 new homes and a renewable energy centre as part of the first ‘Exemplar’ phase of the NW Bicester Eco development have been granted detailed planning permission by Cherwell District Council. As one of the biggest housing developments constructed to Level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, each house will have high standards of water efficiency, exceptional levels of insulation in walls, windows and roofs and make use of modern green technology such as photovoltaic panels and district heating systems.
Builder & Engineer 12th Aug 2011 more >>
Housing Excellence 12th Aug 2011 more >>
The complete guide to external wall insulation.
Low Carbon Economy 12th Aug 2011 more >>
Solar Street Lights
The Flower Solar Street Lamp by designer Luis MRPS of Portugal follows the sun in its arc across the sky. In this way, it soaks up as much solar energy as possible to provide power at night. The source of illumination for this concept design is, of course, ultra efficient LED lights, which make the most of that juice while providing the bright light required by public lighting features.
IB Times 11th Aug 2011 more >>
Hull goes Tidal
Plans for a tidal power vessel in the Humber to generate electricity for a Hull aquarium have been approved. The Neptune Proteus device will use the tides of the estuary to power The Deep. The 150-tonne generator is expected to be deployed in the autumn. It is hoped five additional units will be installed in the future to generate energy for 5,000 homes
BBC 11th Aug 2011 more >>
Earning greens has never been easier with the UK government Feed in Tariffs for renewable energy which pay home owners and businesses for every kWh of electricity produced. Commercial solar panel investors can reap tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds every year under the scheme and residential properties can also grab some of the cash incentives.
Eco House Agent 11th Aug 2011 more >>
THE latest large-scale solar farm projects, many of them in the South West, are expected to generate enough power for 12,000 homes. And the NFU’s renewable energy advisor, Jonathan Scurlock, says landowners will have a big part to play in the country’s electricity supply: The NFU believes the first 16 projects, installed just days before the government deadline for incentives ran out, will contribute 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.
North Devon Journal 11th Aug 2011 more >>
Ingliston Country Club has spent £380,000 installing 520 solar panels. Around 820 square metres of existing roof space at the venue have been utilised in what is believed to be the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) scheme in Scotland. Directors believe this will help to reduce energy by 72,000 kilowatt hours a year saving 48.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide plus cutting around s40,000 from annual utility bills. Edinburgh based Locogen designed the system with Erskine construction firm Top Spec Contracts installing the panels. Ingliston, located in Bishopton, Renfrewshire, will also benefit from lucrative solar energy feed in tariffs for the next 25 years.
Business 7 11th Aug 2011 more >>
London & Island CERT problems
Scilly and Shetlands Islands Councils argue they are being shunned by home insulation support schemes
Business Green 11th Aug 2011 more >>
London boroughs have the lowest home insulation rates in the UK, according to new figures collated for the government’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) scheme.
Business Green 8th Aug 2011 more >>
Scottish Agri Renewables
Scots confirm commitment to Agri-renewables.
Farmers Weekly 10th Aug 2011 more >>
Brentwood Solar Plan
BRENTWOOD Town Hall could be turned into a beacon for renewable energy, after it emerged that a scheme to install solar panels as the building is renovated has not been ruled out. With a roof area of about 1,300 square feet, thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money could be saved each year if Brentwood Borough Council fits solar panels during the town hall refit.
Brentwood Gazette 10th Aug 2011 more >>
A partnership created on the TV show “The Secret Millionaire” is setting up a new fund to assist rooftop solar power projects. Freetricity is to provide up to £150,000 in funding for the installation of solar setups for both public and private businesses. The funding for the solar panels is provided on a “first come, first serve” basis to building owners in England and Wales.
IB Times 9th Aug 2011 more >>
BIRMINGHAM electrical services contractor JT Hawkes has completed installation work on Britain’s largest solar power plant. The company designed, installed and commissioned the £12m Westmill Solar Farm in only six weeks.The renewable energy project is now providing electricity to 1,500 homes in Oxfordshire.The five-megawatt solar power plant has created Britain’s first combined ‘green energy zone’, with the farm already generating electricity through five wind turbines.
Business Desk 9th Aug 2011 more >>
A SOLAR energy farm is to double as a protective habitat for bees. In an attempt to reverse falling bee numbers in the county, a wildflower meadow will be grown at the 20,000-panel facility at Conisholme, near Louth.
Lincolnshire Echo 9th Aug 2011 more >>
The Scottish Tenant Farmers Association (STFA) has called on the Scottish Government to ensure that tenant farmers are allowed the same opportunities as other farmers to participate in the renewable energy revolution.
Herald 9th Aug 2011 more >>
TRIODOS Renewables, the alternative energy arm of the Dutch bank, has been granted planning permission to erect a second wind turbine near Fraserburgh. The 900 kilowatt turbine, which could supply enough power for 500 homes at peak output, will be built near Strichen. The firm is raising £15 million through a share issue, which it said has boosted its number of investors to 4,000.
Scotsman 9th Aug 2011 more >>
Suffolk Veg packer is hoping for lower bills after installing a £1.5 m solar system.
Food Manufacturer 8th Aug 2011 more >>
Invest in Solar
People haven’t missed out on the investment opportunity from solar, but now that the August 1 deadline for large scale solar farms has passed, the focus has turned to a portfolio of smaller solar installations,” says Paul Latham, managing partner of Octopus. Smaller installations typically mean less than 50Kw sites, or “about the size of two tennis courts”, according to Latham. Investments in solar currently qualify for VCT and EIS tax benefits, although this is expected to change on April 5, 2012.
Real Business 8th Aug 2011 more >>
English Local Energy Revolution
The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) has published a detailed briefing on energy strategy in England and how the long-held NFLA policy of a wide renewable energy mix, a concerted energy efficiency programme and increased efforts to develop local microgeneration projects can provide more than adequate levels of electricity without recourse to new nuclear build.
NFLA Press Release 8th Aug 2011 more >>
Realising an English Renewables Revolution in future energy policy briefing.
NFLA 8th Aug 2011 more >>
Solar Costs Halve
German solar association, BSW-Solar has said that the rapidly falling costs of photovoltaic systems could lead to new solar power plants built in Germany not requiring financial support mechanism to operate profitably in 2017, based on expected energy prices at that time. The trade association also noted that the prices of finished photovoltaic rooftop systems installed since 2006 have more than halved.
PV Tech 8th Aug 2011 more >>
Solar Boom in Devon
COMPANIES in Devon are reaping the benefits of growing demand for solar energy technology. The number of renewable electricity installations in the South West has more than doubled over the past year, according to Exeter-based independent renewable energy experts Regen SW.
Exeter Express and Echo 8th Aug 2011 more >>
GREEN energy investment group Low Carbon Accelerator has taken its investment in Proven Energy to more than £11 million as the Scottish wind turbine manufacturer looks to strengthen its push into overseas markets. London-based LCA’s latest investment of £500,000 takes the total it has ploughed into Proven in recent years to £11.15 million, giving it a stake of just over 81 per cent in the Kilmarnock-based business. The fresh funding includes a £350,000 secured loan and an investment of £150,000 which will see LCA acquire Proven’s 20 per cent stake in renewable energy project developer Vigor Wind.
Scotsman 7th Aug 2011 more >>
Solar PV specialist The Green Electrician has beaten the August feed-in tariff deadline with six private farm installations totalling 714kWp, installing over 3,700 panels in just three months.
Low Carbon Economy 5th Aug 2011 more >>