South Dartmoor Community Energy
BUSINESSES on Lee Mill Industrial Estate and nearby are being offered the chance to save money on their electricity bills, reduce carbon emissions and help make some money for local community initiatives. The Lee Mill Solar Roof Project is aiming to help businesses install solar photovoltaic panels on suitable roofs, giving them cheaper electricity.
Ivybridge and South Brent Gazette 13th Jan 2017 read more »
A CUMBRIAN renewables firm is offering grants to defray the cost of commercial solar installations. Total Power, based at Kingmoor Business Park, Carlisle, has been accredited by the Carbon Trust – an international body that aims to speed up the creation of a carbon-free economy. This accreditation means the firm can offer SMEs a grant of up to 30 per cent towards installation costs.
In Cumbria 13th Jan 2016 read more »
A FLAGSHIP policy designed to help eradicate fuel poverty by boosting the energy efficiency of homes has failed, according to a Glasgow study – with some households left feeling even poorer. Researchers found “no evidence” that taxpayer-funded housing improvements, such as external cladding or fitting new and replacement boilers, had made it easier for the occupants to pay their gas and electricity bills. In one group, householders actually reported struggling to pay their heating bills even more after a central heating system was installed. The study compared 1,033 households in deprived communities whose properties had undergone heating and fabric works courtesy of Glasgow Housing Association between 2006 and 2011 against a control group who never received any of the upgrades. It found that households which received central heating between 2008 and 2011 “were more likely to report an increased frequency of difficulty paying fuel bills than those who did not”. The researchers suggest this is because occupants “used their heating differently afterwards” and needed advice on how to use it more efficiently.
Herald 13th Jan 2017 read more »
After a decade of striving to significantly reduce its energy usage and investing more than £7.5 million in efficiency projects, Manchester airport has become the first carbon neutral airport in the UK. By installing more than 25,000 low energy LED lights throughout the airport, including the first on any UK runway, and saving the same amount of energy as used by 10,000 homes each year, Manchester airport has been awarded carbon neutral status (Level 3+), certified by the independent carbon management programme Airport Carbon Accreditation. And now this sentiment of protecting the local environment through energy efficiency is emerging as essential within the UK property market, and more importantly to its investors. New legislation, due to take effect from 1st April 2018, will make it unlawful to rent a property with a poor energy efficiency rating. With properties currently graded from A to G, any property rented out in the private rental sector will require a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). However, there are opportunities arising within Manchester city centre that provide energy efficient solutions to investors, making the impending legislation a redundant worry. Property consultancy Surrenden Invest’s most recent development in the heart of Manchester, Mason Street, uses modern low-carbon technology to ensure the building is one of the city’s most energy-efficient.
AB Property Marketing 11th Jan 2017 read more »
Europe’s largest solar industry group has identified the sector’s best business models for a low or no subsidy world. In a new report, SolarPower Europe has argued that four business models – self-consumption, power purchase agreements (PPAs), cooperatives and virtual power plants – showed the most potential for success with minimal financial support. According to the report, which looked at all segments of the market from rented single family homes to ground-mount solar farms, “deploying new and innovative financing mechanisms and business models is what can overcome the high up-front costs [of solar].
Solar Portal 12th Jan 2017 read more »
Scotland’s only manufacturer of solar thermal panels has said it has no doubt that its business will expand after it was announced that the government has dropped plans to remove solar thermal from the Renewable Heat Incentive.
Scottish Construction 11th Jan 2017 read more »
Sonnen has partnered with CCL Components which will distribute its domestic and commercial battery systems as the German manufacturer seeks to expand its reach in the UK. Solar Power Portal understands that the partnership has been under negotiation for the last three months, with the sonnenbatterie eco 8 unit going on sale from CCL in mid-December. As well as this modular system used predominantly in households, CCL will also take on the commercial ‘pro’ system when it is released in the UK, currently thought to be at the start of Q2 2017. According to CCL’s operations director Paul Brooks Jnr, a number of units have already been sold despite the small size of the market. He added that the sonnen unit offered “a completely different beast to most of the things that are out in the market” due to its additional features.
Solar Portal 11th Jan 2017 read more »
Climate change minister Nick Hurd has said that the government is “thinking through” ways to drive established renewable technologies such as solar towards subsidy-free deployment. Hurd was providing evidence to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy select committee this morning (Tuesday 10 January) during a wide-ranging session that deviated from the outcomes of COP22 to the government’s forthcoming carbon plan and support frameworks for various technologies. Hurd acknowledged the “phenomenal” cost reductions witnessed in solar PV, but also insisted that subsidy support could not continue in its previous forms.
Solar Portal10th Jan 2017 read more »
Delivery company DPD has installed a 1MWp rooftop solar PV system at its headquarters to generate roughly 860MWh of electricity each year. 85% of the power supplied by the 5,284m2 system is forecast to be used on site at the firm’s distribution centre in Oldbury, West Midlands. The array bolsters DPD’s solar portfolio, with arrays already installed atop other sites in the UK.
Solar Portal 10th Jan 2017 read more »
Imperial College London has partnered with the climate change charity 10:10 to investigate the use of track-side solar panels to power trains, the two organisations announced yesterday. The renewable traction power project will see university researchers look at connecting solar panels directly to the lines that provide power to trains, a move that would bypass the electricity grid in order to more efficiently manage power demand from trains. According to the university, the research team will be the first in the world to test the “completely unique” idea, which it said would have a “wide impact with commercial applications on electrified rail networks all over the world”. “It would also open up thousands of new sites to small- and medium-scale renewable developments by removing the need to connect to the grid,” Network Rail is currently investing billions in electrifying the UK’s railways in a bid to reduce the number of trains running on diesel fuel, curbing costs, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions in the process. Combining this effort with increased renewable energy generation in the UK could significantly decarbonise train lines by 2050, according to 10:10, but in many rural areas the electricity grid has reached its limit for both integrating distributed energy generation and supplying power to train firms.
Guardian 10th Jan 2017 read more »
Business Green 10th Jan 2017 read more »
Imperial College London is investigating the potential of track-side solar panels to power trains. Researchers will explore the potential of connecting solar cells next to the track directly to the lines, bypassing the electricity grid, in what’s claimed to be a world first.
Solar Portal 10th Jan 2017 read more »
Barrow Green Gas (BGG) has ‘launched’ biomethane into the UK national gas network for a record 33 biomethane producers – more than any other gas shipper in Great Britain – as new regulatory environmental reporting alongside financial reporting requirements impacts large corporate. Every month more green gas comes available via BGG as new biomethane producers connect to the grid and existing ones produce increasing amounts. Tim Davis, Managing Director, BGG, said: “2016 is the year where we have seen green gas really take off with increasing numbers of producers injecting green gas into the existing gas grid. This year we saw our gas being supplied to some of the UK’s leading renewable energy suppliers, with Good Energy and Green Energy UK offering green gas to customers. We are also supplying CNG Fuels with green gas as a transport fuel that is being used by Waitrose, John Lewis, Argos and Brit European – a great alternative to diesel.” The UK has the fastest growing green gas market in the world and dedicated biomethane shipper, BGG, is the largest shipper of biomethane. In addition, BGG markets green gas certificates (GGCs), the value of which is now considerably increased for companies when reporting their emissions.
Scottish Energy News 10th Jan 2017 read more »
As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office next week, he will be looking to make good on his campaign promise to create jobs and strengthen the economy. He needs look no further than energy efficiency. A new report shows it’s already supporting at least 1.9 million US jobs. The energy efficiency industry has a remarkably diverse workforce in the United States, ranging from appliance manufacturers and home retrofitters to cloud-based energy management service providers. But since energy efficiency involves so many sectors of the economy, the government can’t collect statistics on it the way it can for the banking or auto industries. This makes it extremely difficult to quantify how many people are employed in energy efficiency-related businesses, because it’s not as clear as counting the number of people who work in a car factory. Last month, however, E4TheFuture and Environmental Entrepreneurs released a report that does the best job I’ve seen yet of providing a reliable answer. Using a methodology similar to the one the government uses to produce its official statistics, they found that about 1.9 million people worked full- or part-time on energy efficiency in 2015. They found that total was set to increase by almost a quarter of a million last year, making energy efficiency the largest industry in the clean energy economy. It employs about twice as many workers as the auto industry (including auto parts manufacturers), and almost 10 times as many workers as the oil and gas extraction industry. It’s a big number.
ACEEE 10th Jan 2017 read more »
Solar Powered Buses
With the UK capital struggling to get commuters to work on time following strike action by tube and train drivers this week, JAN GOODEY reports on a project that will bring the first solar-powered electric buses to the public in the Spring. Tom Druitt, managing director of Big Lemon Buses is ecstatic about the delivery of his solar panels which will power a new trio of electric buses – a first in the UK. “Yes, definitely! We’ve got the panels to power the buses – re-used panels off a nursing home! It’s very exciting and we’re looking forward to seeing how it’ll work out and sharing that knowledge so everyone [in the public transport field] can do it.” The 120 solar panels, generating enough electricity to boil 1.8 million kettles, will cover the roof of The Big Lemon’s bus depot near the seafront in Whitehawk, Brighton from where it runs its public bus service as well as private hires and festival/campaign runs. The community interest company (CIC), which featured in the Ecologist magazine back in October 2008, is a pioneering social enterprise running all its vehicles on recycled waste cooking oil from local restaurants.
Ecologist 10th Jan 2017 read more »
Falmouth & Penryn Solar
The public is invited to learn more about plans to generate two megawatts of solar powered electricity from the roofs of business and public sector buildings in the Penryn and Falmouth area. The Fal Energy Partnership (FEP) will be at Falmouth Town Council’s chambers at the municipal buildings on The Moor next Wednesday, January 18, to present progress the latest progress on its plans. The partnership has been undertaking a study into the possibility of generating solar energy through panels on local businesses, farms and other roofs.
Falmouth Packet 10th Jan 2017 read more »
Wales’ Solar Village
Tenants will shortly move into the first solar powered village in Wales. The six homes at Pentre Solar are for rent at 20% below the market rate and will be cheap to heat and run.
24 Housing 10th Jan 2017 read more »
The presenter of Grand Designs, Kevin McCloud, has praised the Government’s approach to housing with its forthcoming White Paper, as he launched a mini-bond to raise £3m for his eco-home building company. HAB Land, of which Mr McCloud is a director, will use the money to acquire land and help develop housing schemes that are located across the West Country and towards the south of England. He said: “I think the Government takes it seriously. For the first time since the recession we have seen a serious commitment to house building. Mr McCloud said: “We want to build high-quality, well-insulated, ecological homes.” The developments include car clubs, electric bicycles and allotments. Buyers can work with the company to customise their new house, and even build part of it themselves. Mr McCloud said the firm aims to build 600 to 800 homes a year by 2020. The mini-bond offers an 8pc return after five years, but investors can exit after two. He said the company was raising money through a mini-bond because it created flexibility, with investments starting from £1,000. The company has already raised £600,000 from early-stage investors.
Telegraph 8th Jan 2017 read more »
A new programme aimed at helping fuel poor households reduce energy bills is being trialled in London. Camden Council, Islington Council and Waltham Forest Council have joined forces for the ‘24/7 Solar’ project, part-funded by National Energy Action. It will test the potential benefits of storing daytime electricity generated by solar panels to supplement the household’s evening use. This will provide evidence as to whether the technologies can effectively reduce the energy bills of those householders in or at risk of fuel poverty. The solar panels, ranging from 1.62KW to 3.78KW are being tested with three different battery types to compare performance during the lifetime of the project. Data will be gathered and all three battery storage technologies – Maslow, Growatt, Sonnen – will be assessed on installation, reliability and savings generated.
Energy Live News 7th Jan 2017 read more »
Edie 9th Jan 2017 read more »
While GDP has almost tripled in 45 years, energy demand has fallen away. Bill Hedley chronicles changing times and some tricky forecasting. For those of us brought up believing that energy usage is bound to double as the economy’s sparks fly upward, recent British trends may seem surprising. According to the government report Energy Consumption in the UK, published in November, the country used less energy in 2015 than in almost any year since 1970 (although 2014 was lower still, but had been exceptionally warm while 2015 was particularly cold).
Telegraph 4th Jan 2017 read more »