Exeter Solar Co-op
Plans to establish a community-owned solar energy project in Exeter are to be discussed at a public meeting in the city next month. The event will be a springboard to launching a community share offer in April, which will raise money to buy around 100kWp of solar panels. The panels will be installed, commissioned and producing community-owned green energy by this summer. Residents, community groups and businesses are coming together at 6:45pm on Tuesday February 4 for the meeting with Exeter Community Energy (Ecoe) in Stephen Scown Solicitor’s meeting room at Curzon House, Southernhay, Ecoe is a social enterprise that uses the profits from generating community-owned renewable energy to invest in community schemes and boost Exeter’s local economy.
Exeter Express and Echo 17th Jan 2014 read more »
Solar energy in Africa makes sense; it’s the sunniest continent on the planet and with approximately 110 million households without access to the grid, domestic solar power is the obvious solution to get them access to electricity. However the spread of this often high cost technology has struggled to reach the poorest communities, until now.
Good Energy 17th Jan 2014 read more »
UK large-scale solar to compete with other ‘established’ renewables for support The UK’s department of energy and climate change (DECC) wants ‘established’ renewables to compete against each other for support under its upcoming contracts for difference (CfD) regime. The CfD regime has been designed to supersede the Renewable Obligation to fund large-scale renewable projects and will be introduced in 2014.
PV Tech 17th Jan 2014 read more »
Solar Century and Santander
UK-based renewable energy developer Solarcentury has secured £16.5m in loans from Santander to support plans to grow its business at home and in Latin America.
Business Green 17th Jan 2014 read more »
Solar Portal 17th Jan 2014 read more »
Community Windfarm Plan
Developer Banks Renewables has submitted the plans for the six turbine 20MW windfarm to Perth and Kinross Council. Under the proposals, a community partnership would be created to provide 2.5 per cent of the gross annual revenue from the wind farm to local residents. There would also be a guaranteed minimum payment of £5,000 per MW per annum, worth £2.5 million over the windfarm’s 25 year operating period. The local community would have the opportunity to purchase up to a 5 per cent stake in the operating wind farm.
Utility Week 16th Jan 2014 read more »
Solar Farming in Somerset
Lightsource Renewable Energy has launched a ‘Get Involved’ campaign today in order to encourage local residents to help shape and design its proposed solar farm in Somerton. The London-based developer has sent out information detailing preliminary designs to local residents and will be holding an information evening on 28 January for residents to raise any concerns and ask questions.
Solar Portal 16th Dec 2014 read more »
Welborne Solar Limited has been celebrating this week, after the developer secured planning approval for a proposed 37MW solar park on land within the Southwick Estate, between Winchester and Portsmouth. Winchester City Council passed a resolution to grant permission for the plans at a meeting on Monday and the company is now planning to move forward with its efforts to appoint a contractor for the project.
Business Green 16th Dec 2014 read more »
Overcoming the challenge posed by the intermittent nature of renewable energy continues to be a major roadblock to high levels of renewable penetration and a stick with which doubters of clean energy can attempt to hit the sector. Battery and storage technologies are an obvious solution to this, but high prices have seen uptake and projects remain limited. An increasing number of researchers and analysts, however, are making bullish predictions for cost reductions for storage solutions and in particular battery technologies that – like solar PV – can be implemented on a distributed basis and can mobilise the equity of homeowners.
Renew Economy 15th Jan 2014 read more »
Sheffield-based Solarmass raised £120,000 on equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube in less than 10 days, to be able to manufacture “revoluntionary” new solar panels. Solarmass, founded by a design engineer has now become one of the fastest fundings ever on Crowdcube, which enables everyday investors to fund British businesses in return for a share in the company.
BDaily 15th Jan 2014 read more »
Clydebank goes Solar
A total of 350 homes at risk of fuel poverty have been given a helping hand by Knowes Housing Association after installing solar PV on houses in Clydebank, Scotland. The solar installations are part of a £2 million programme of energy improvements for the housing association over the next two years. The improvements are expected to deliver annual energy bill savings of £70,000. The recent solar rollout saw 350 homes fitted with solar arrays sized between 2kWp and 4kWp, totalling 980kWp of capacity. All of the installations were completed by local installer Edison Energy.
Solar Portal 15th Jan 2014 read more »
Gloucestershire Solar Plan
A Forest of Dean business park could become one of the biggest in the UK to be powered solely by renewable energy. Vantage Point Business Village in Mitcheldean wants to go completely green by creating a solar farm with solar panels producing 100 per cent of its power. Forest of Dean entrepreneur Brian Bennett, who rescued the site when Rank Xerox left in 2001 and created a thriving business centre, is passionate about the plan to make it carbon neutral. He said solar power would provide Vantage Point with a secure and cheap power supply to more than 80 businesses on the 70 acres site.
Gloucester Citizen 15th Jan 2014 read more »
Utility solar plant operator, Lightsource Renewable Energy is doubling its capacity this year, spurring a recruitment drive to fill 100 jobs. Lightsource is planning to nearly double its capacity from 326MW to 600MW creating 100 new jobs in the solar sector. The new employees will join the current team of 160 operating 80 utility-scale solar farms, providing clean energy for 100,000 UK homes.
Solar Portal 15th Jan 2014 read more »
Large-scale solar PV installations in the UK grew by an incredible 600% during 2013, driving the UK to a record 1.45GW of new solar PV capacity added. Ground-mounted installations accounted for over 90% of new large-scale solar PV added in the UK in 2013. The UK was ranked in sixth place globally for large-scale solar PV, and is one of just six countries that had, or approached, a GW-level large-scale solar market during 2013.
Solar Portal 14th Jan 2014 read more »
The solar power industry appears to have installed its 500,000th set of panels in the UK in recent days, in a move that marks a major milestone for the burgeoning sector. According to figures by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, 499,687 solar schemes had been installed by January 5 under the feed-in tariff scheme that supports solar arrays with a capacity smaller than 50kW. With the solar market installing around 1,900 schemes on average per week over the past year and work now picking up after the Christmas holidays it is highly likely more than 313 would have been installed last week, taking the industry past the half a million mark.
Business Green 14th Jan 2014 read more »
Information Daily 16th Jan 2014 read more »
Large-scale solar PV installations in the UK grew by an incredible 600% during 2013, driving the UK to a record 1.45GW of new solar PV capacity added. Ground-mounted installations accounted for over 90% of new large-scale solar PV added in the UK in 2013.
Solar Portal 15th Jan 2014 read more »
Bristol – Britain’s Sunniest City
THE SUNNIEST city in Britain is looking to make Bristol the Solar powered capital of the UK by 2020, says city business leader James Lancaster. The West Country’s biggest city recently hosted a three-day conference for solar energy suppliers, installers, and where manufacturers held advice stands on how local businesses can install 1GW solar photovoltaic technologies. The event was organised by the Bristol Solar City initiative and launched by the City Mayor, George Fergusion – as part of the wider Big Green Week festival. A specially constructed ‘Solar Pavilion’ on College Green was set up with a solar powered stage for talks and music, as well as the Solar Hub Exhibition and workspace where local businesses, city organisations, community groups, and homeowners could learn more about solar energy, efficiency savings, and long-term sustainability. James Lancaster, chairman of Bristol Solar City, said: “While an ambitious task Bristol is well placed to meet the challenge. Bristol has shown itself to be a leader in sustainability and renewable technologies; we’ve been in the top five of the UK’s Greenest cities for the last six years and are shortlisted to be European Green capital 2015. Bristol is also the sunniest of the UK’s major cities, we have a reputation for making things happen in our communities.”
PV Compare 14th Jan 2014 read more »
Solar Roof Tiles
Infinity Innovations has announced the launch of its new Stealth Energy PV Tile after two years of development. The company claims that the new 50W modules are the first frameless monocyrstalline PV tiles to hit the UK market. Having recently gained MCS accreditation, the new roof-integrated modules have already featured in a number of new build sites as well as retrofit sites across the UK.
Solar Portal 14th Jan 2014 read more »
Southamption’s Efficiency Plan
Southampton City Council has awarded a £30 million deal to outsourcing company MITIE to deliver more than 2,000 energy efficiency improvements under the Energy Company Obligation (Eco). The 18 month contract will see MITIE install Eco measures for council tenants and private households. Under the deal, MITIE will also be responsible for the delivery of a district heating scheme for the Thornhill Estate, which will involve more than 1,100 properties.
Utility Week 13th Jan 2014 read more »
Alan Simpson: The current ‘energy debate’ is in danger of descending into little more than an unsavoury slanging match. Ed Miliband’s price freeze proposal was a brilliant opening ploy. But in the vacuum that followed, it looked more like a policy space the Party didn’t know how to fill. The moment called out for a radically different plan of what tomorrow’s energy market must look like. All it triggered, however, is a debate dominated by the political crazies. Egged on by the Tabloid Tories, David Cameron’s resurgent Right are blaming everything on ‘Green’ taxes, and demanding their repeal. Behind a rallying cry of “Only pollution can save the poor”, Cameron’s crazies are calling for the deregulation of everything that might make a dirty industry clean up its act. The sad thing is they are getting away with it: decarbonisation targets are being abandoned, zero-carbon homes are off the agenda, renewable energy is under attack, ‘Warm Home’ grants are replaced by Mickey Mouse/Green Deal loans And now, they even want to abandon their legal duty to end fuel poverty.
Renewables International 10th Jan 2014 read more »
Edinburgh Street Lights
A MAJOR overhaul of street lamps across the city will save millions of pounds and help show Edinburgh in a better light, it has been claimed. Radical plans have been drawn up to replace dull sodium bulbs with bright LEDs as part of a £30 million project to bring the Capital’s street lights into the 21st century. The energy-efficient bulbs will save nearly 40 per cent on the £2.97m spent each year illuminating the city and are likely to offer even future savings with energy prices expected double in the next decade. It is understood lighting inside tenement stairwells – paid by the public purse and costing £800,000 a year – may be given an upgrade as LED bulbs would be installed across 14,000 tenements. The roll-out comes after a successful trial in Saughton Mains and Gilmerton Dykes, where 271 lights were upgraded. The change received an 80 per cent public approval rating. To date, a £2.1m interest-free loan has been secured to transform 6000 street lights, but environment chiefs are targeting a city-wide roll-out ultimately costing around £30m.
Edinburgh Evening News 8th Jan 2014 read more »
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December 2013 saw Evance R9000 small wind turbines operate continuously across the UK, despite extremely high winds, generating record levels of electricity.
Connecting Industry 10th Jan 2014 read more »