week ending 9 March 2012
Warm Up Leith – Free Insulation
Almost £1million is being wasted every year as heat escapes from homes in Leith. The good news is that most standard sized homes can get insulated free of charge, while larger properties just pay the difference per extra square meter. To find out more listen to the new podcast we have sponsored on the Greener Leith website here.
Edinburgh Community Energy Co-op 9th March 2012 more >>
Greener Leith 8th March 2012 more >>
Solar Sea Lions
Knowsley Safari Park on Merseyside, has increased the green credentials of its popular sea lion house following the installation of solar panels.
Energy Management 9th Feb 2012 more >>
Greenthinking says there are seven reasons why you must act now if you want to save money with a wind turbine. The Government proposes a 25 per cent cut to the payments for small wind turbines (the feed in tariff) for any installed after October 1, 2012.
South west farmer 9th Mar 2012 more >>
Green Deal Delay?
Green Deal will not be fully operational until 2013 after energy firms delay implementation of payment mechanism.
Building 8th March 2012 more >>
The government has once again downplayed concerns its flagship energy efficiency Green Deal loan scheme is facing delays, despite reports hinting the Big Six energy companies are unprepared to deliver the crucial payment mechanism underpinning the scheme until 2013. The government has repeatedly maintained the Green Deal will launch in October 2012, enabling homeowners to install energy efficiency measures such as loft insulation using a private loan, which is then paid back through a small levy on the property’s energy bill.
Business Green 9th Mar 2012 more >>
Green Deal Money
A total of £3.5million in funding has been announced today to help train hundreds of people in key green skills ahead of the launch of the Green Deal, delivering on the Deputy Prime Minister’s announcement in March last year to create 1,000 Green Deal apprenticeships. The Green Deal is the Government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme aimed at renovating millions of draughty, energy-inefficient homes and office buildings across the UK. This scheme will begin later this year and will support an estimated 65,000 jobs by 2015. Trained, skilled professionals in assessing home energy efficiency and installing insulation are crucial for getting the Green Deal off the ground which is why today’s money for training will go a long way to help the UK prepare for the launch.
DECC 8th March 2012 more >>
Solar Power Portal 8th Mar 2012 more >>
The National Insulation Association (NIA) welcomed today’s announcement by Government of £3.5m of new funding to help the training of Green Deal assessors and insulation installers, ahead of the launch of the Green Deal later this year.
NIA 8th March 2012 more >>
The government will today announce £13.5m of new energy efficiency funding, including £3.5m that has been earmarked to support the training of qualified staff to support the Green Deal energy efficiency financing scheme.
Business Green 8th Mar 2012 more >>
Solar Roof Tiles
Solarcentury is launching the new C21e solar electric plain roof tile, responding to demand for more products for roofs. The company claims the advantage of the C21e is that it can be easily integrated into traditional small format tile roofs.
PV Tech 8th Mar 2012 more >>
Business Green 7th Mar 2012 more >>
This online Technology Guide will help to give you an understanding of the technology and application of micro combined heat and power to provide heat and electricity for domestic and small commercial buildings.
Building & Engineering Services Assoc 8th Mar 2012 more >>
Atmos Consulting has been commissioned by the Castlemilk and Carmunnock Community Wind Trust to assist in finalising proposals and gaining planning consent for a community wind project at a site on the Cathkin Braes, to the south east of Glasgow. The Trust’s urban wind farm project has been a long time coming: the Castlemilk & Carmunnock Community Wind Farm Trust first came together in July 2002 to investigate the feasibility of a community run and owned project which would generate funds for a Community Managed Trust. Now with funding granted under the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES), the project should progress to the planning application stage by this spring.
Building Construction Design 8th Mar 2012 more >>
Lincolnshire’s Green Cheese
One British cheese maker has started selling “green” cheese from a farm powered by solar panels and a wind turbine. F.W Read & Sons yesterday confirmed it had successfully installed a 50KW solar PV system on the farm where it has made Lincolnshire Poacher for 20 years.
Business Green 8th Mar 2012 more >>
Hackney City (Solar) Farm
Hackney City Farm in East London has installed solar panels after calling on local people to show their support by pledging their own climate actions. The farm set a challenge to the community that if they could save 1,617kg of CO2 through individual actions, Hackney City Farm would raise the funds to install the solar panels. In an increasingly challenging energy climate, the Hackney City Farm’s challenge demonstrates a new model for the kind of community-based energy projects that are emerging as an alternative to the stranglehold of the big six energy companies.
Energy Management 8th Mar 2012 more >>
Businesses in South Wales are set to benefit from a £1.25m solar photovoltaic (PV) panel investment by Milford Haven Port (MHP) across Milford Docks and Pembroke Port. As part of a joint venture between MHP, which manages Wales’ largest port, and solar company The Green Electrician, PV panels have been installed on commercial and residential buildings in the docks.
Edie 8th March 2012 more >>
Solar Farm Sale
Element Power Solar has announced the sale of two solar PV projects with a total capacity of 6MW to funds managed by alternative asset manager, Foresight Group. The two solar projects at Puriton West (4MW) and Summerway Drove (2MW) were developed by Element Power Solar in partnership with Dublin-based BNRG Renewables.
Solar Portal 8th Mar 2012 more >>
Despite FIT cuts, PV can still be attractive to utilities if they use the power purchase agreement model as Thames Water has. In February, Thames Water announced the completion of 3.7MW of PV capacity at three of its sites near London covering an area equivalent to more than ten football pitches. The sites will provide an annual output of more than 3,500MWh, which will save the company £100,000 a year on electricity as well as reducing its carbon emissions. These installations were attractive to investors because a 25-year PPA was put in place under which the installation and maintenance costs are repaid by selling the electricity produced back to the utility at a market-competitive price. The Thames Water model presents a glimmer of hope for the UK solar industry. The use of a PPA allows a developer or investor to build and own a PV system on a customer’s property and sell the power back to the customer or another industrial off-taker.
Utility Week 7th Mar 2012 more >>
UK’s first solar-powered town
Wadebridge in Cornwall aims to become the first town in the country to run significantly on renewable energy sources. This film documents a local activist group’s efforts to convince the rest of the community that solar panels and wind turbines are the way forward.
Guardian 7th March 2012 more >>
While 2011 figures have yet to come in, we know that the global small wind turbine market grew from 105.9 MW in 2006 to 275.8 MW in 2010. GlobalData’s recent report – Small Wind Turbines (less than 100kW) – Global Market Size, Analysis by Power Range, Regulations and Competitive Landscape to 2020 – predicts even higher growth in the coming years, spurred by increasing incentives announced by various governments and by growing end user awareness. End user price is the most crucial factor affecting the growth of the market in both developed and developing countries. Also important are rebate programmes, property tax exemptions, financial incentives, annualised net metering and permitting issues.
Wireless Design & Development 7th March 2012 more >>
Solar hosting is a lot like web server hosting. If you don’t want to run your own server, you keep it in a co-location facility (sometimes called “the cloud”) and let somebody else take care of the network infrastructure and physical location management. Solar hosting works the same way. It lets you enjoy the benefit of solar panels, without having them physically located on your roof.
IB Times 7th Mar 2012 more >>
After successfully completing its first three stops along the Solar Power UK roadshow, the tour is set to continue today in London. The show will help shed light on the real impact of the FiT cuts and its cost-control mechanism, the implications of EPC requirements, how the Green Deal will affect the PV installer, and how the UK solar industry can remain sustainable into 2012. Hand-picked solar industry experts will be taking to the stage to share their knowledge on a broad range of topics - from a senior FiT policy advisor to detailed analysis of PV pricing models.
Solar Portal 7th Mar 2012 more >>
A campaign has been launched in order to crack down on ‘unscrupulous’ installers of solar panels seeking to cash in on the confusion surrounding the government’s Feed-in-Tariff (FiTs) incentives.
Energy Management 6th Mar 2012 more >>
From Boring to Bling
The Climate Change and Energy Minister, Greg Barker spoke of his wish to upgrade Britain’s leaky housing stock by using the Coalition’s Green Deal to enhance properties “kerb appeal” by transforming “energy efficiency from the image of dirty, dusty loft insulation to cosy living rooms and beautiful houses. From loft to living room and boring to bling.”
Solar Portal 6th Mar 2012 more >>
UP to £500 is available to help Ribble Valley households install renewable energy systems. Households with the council tax band A to F in areas where there is no mains gas supply can claim the cash for the installation of renewable energy, such as solar heating panels and domestic wind turbines.
Clitheroe Advertsiser 6th Mar 2012 more >>
Selkirk Community Wind
SELKIRK’s vote on options to develop community wind turbines is motivated by a desire to protect the environment, according to Selkirk Regeneration Company director Dr Lindsay Neil.
Selkirk Weekend Advertiser 6th Mar 2012 more >>
Green Deal Skills
Only a third of installers have the basic skills needed to deliver the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme, an industry report warns today. Research published today by the Green Deal Skills Alliance (GDSA) warns of insufficient knowledge among the existing workforce about the different impacts energy efficiency measures could have of various buildings, as well as a low level of awareness of the imminent energy efficiency financing scheme.
Business Green 6th Mar 2012 more >>
Wrexham goes solar
Wrexham has had one of Europe’s largest solar panel factories since 2005, employing around 1,000 people, moves into the renewable energy premier league this month after installing 30,000 panels made in the town on 3,000 of its council homes. This year it will fit six schools and several public buildings with a further 90kW of solar power. Scaffolding was bought in from all over Cheshire and north Wales to complete Europe’s biggest social housing solar scheme by 4 March, the cut-off date which allowed installations to earn the higher government solar incentive (assuming a government appeal in the courts fails).
Guardian 5th Mar 2012 more >>
Micro CHP Trial
Energetix Genlec Limited and ScottishPower enter into agreement for the trial of the Kingston microCHP boiler. Energetix Group plc, (AIM: EGX), which develops and commercialises alternative and efficient energy products, announces that its subsidiary Energetix Genlec Limited (“Genlec”) has today entered into an agreement with ScottishPower to trial the Kingston microCHP boiler. Under the agreement Genlec will install the Kingston and data monitoring equipment in a range of different domestic premises. The trial is part of Genlec’s field performance evaluation and will help optimise the performance prior to release of the production version later this year. It will also allow ScottishPower to fully evaluate the system working in a domestic setting and understand the potential benefits to customers.
4-Traders 5th Mar 2012 more >>
Over £1.25 million of solar PV has been installed across Milford Docks and Pembroke Port, as part of a new venture between Milford Haven Port and The Green Electrician Limited. The UK’s third largest port will slash its carbon emissions by over 170,000 tonnes a year, thanks to the ambitious solar installation programme.
Solar Portal 5th Mar 2012 more >>
A Lincoln firm says thousands of homeowners could cut their energy bills after it secured a multi-million investment to pay for free solar installations. Aarco Electrical and PV received the cash from private backers in a two-year deal.
Lincolnshire Echo 5th Mar 2012 more >>
Leisure Esco deal
A “pay as you save” deal is helping David Lloyd Leisure beef up its carbon and energy performance across the health and fitness company’s 35 UK sites. The group has secured a third party financing deal through energy efficiency funding specialist Decarbon that will allow it to install equipment that is expected to help the company shed 2,200 tonnes of carbon emissions a year.
Business Green 5th Mar 2012 more >>
The Co-Operative Group has ring-fenced £1m to support community green energy schemes through its £6m Enterprise Hub. The Co-op said the Hub would help underwrite community project share issues, in addition to the development, mentoring, and technical advice services it already offers.
Business Green 5th Mar 2012 more >>
Green Deal Announcement Soon
The UK’s energy minister said his “Green Deal” plan for business would be so radical it would be hated by some. Ed Davey told the Scottish Lib Dem conference in Inverness he would announce details of the project soon. He said he was “giving notice” to businesses and local authorities to get serious about saving energy and saving people money. Mr Davey also told the conference that he was “immensely proud” of the work done by his predecessor, Chris Huhne.
BBC 4th Mar 2012 more >>
Future for old people is bleak
The future for many of the country’s older people is bleak, according to the Age UK report Agenda for Later Life, to be published this week. Sixteen per cent, or 1.8 million, of people over state pension age are living in poverty; 3.3 million are unable to warm their homes (an increase of more than half a million in the past two years).
Independent 4th Mar 2012 more >>
A roadshow to help farmers and rural businesses beat the deadline for wind power subsidy cuts will be held in Raywell, near Cottingham, next week. Renewable energy company Myriad CEG Wind, which is the UK’s largest supplier and installer of green energy equipment, will hold a roadshow in the village from 10am to 4pm on Thursday. It comes as the Government is considering reducing Feed-in Tariffs (FiT) for wind turbines by 25 per cent.
Hull Daily Mail 3rd Mar 2012 more >>
In Europe, buildings burn up 40% of all the energy consumed, and the potential of refurbishing existing buildings to create savings and jobs is considerable and largely untapped. It has been estimated that, annually, 1.1 million new net jobs in the building industry could be created by 2050 through deep buildings renovation. the European Commission’s newly proposed energy efficiency directive sets mandatory 20% energy efficiency targets. Currently under scrutiny in the European Parliament, this directive is one of the most hotly debated legislative proposals in Brussels today. The European Commission’s own impact assessment of the directive claims that GDP will not only grow if the EU meets its 20% energy efficiency savings target, but that a strong directive would offer direct benefits such as the creation of 2 million new jobs and 1000 savings in energy bills per household. A powerful precedent is Germany’s KFW energy efficiency scheme. The Juelich Research Centre recently estimated that, for every euro invested by the state, the scheme brings in 4- 5 in tax revenues – for example, from previously unemployed workers now working in the building sector.
Guardian 2nd Mar 2012 more >>