Community Turbines is a community-led renewable energy project that proposes to build two wind turbines on a site approximately 4km south west of Daviot, Invernesshire. The project has the potential to generate clean, renewable energy and provide an estimated revenue stream of up to £7 million over its lifetime for potential distribution by two not-for-profit community groups. Both groups are well-established organisations with a clear commitment to community engagement and sustainable development. They are now seeking to engage with community groups close to the project site and are offering them an opportunity to buy shares in this project.
Community Turbines 15th Aug 2014 read more »
Solar Independence Day
What do you get if you add together a solar farm, a dozen or so excited children and a bright sunny day? The answer is, of course, a recipe for a great day out, which is what a group of pupils from a Brighton primary school had when they visited Dunsfold Solar Farm in Surrey earlier this month as part of Solar Independence Day celebrations.
Good Energy 15th Aug 2014 read more »
The future of community-owned green energy projects that ministers say are crucial to break the dominance of the ‘big six’ is being put at risk by the Financial Conduct Authority, according to co-operatives and the Labour party. Thousands of towns and villages have clubbed together around the UK in recent years to set up energy co-ops to generate clean electricity from wind turbines and solar panels. Ed Davey, the energy secretary, last year visited a community solar scheme on a tower block in south London and has said he “want[s] to see nothing short of a community energy revolution”, while the former climate minister, Greg Barker, said such projects were needed to “break the grip of the dominant big energy companies”. But in the past six weeks the FCA, which registers new co-ops, has blocked several new energy co-op applications on the grounds that they would not have enough member participation, despite having authorised previous ones set up along the same lines.
Guardian 15th Aug 2014 read more »
The government’s proposed requirement for renewable developers to offer ownership of plants to communities should not be seen as a burden, according to Community Energy England. Recent government proposals call for developers to offer communities the opportunity to invest in local renewable projects. The Queen’s Speech in June introduced the concept of Community Electricity Right which could force developers to offer investment opportunities in local projects through legislation. CEE director Philip Wolfe explained why he thinks the proposals are a positive step for the industry. He said: “We understand why some commercial companies believe it will act as a drag on their developments. That’s why CEE is setting up a platform to help them find project-ready partners in the community sector. We hope and expect that most developers will recognise how this change can benefit their projects; and will engage positively, rather than trying to water down the proposals.”
Solar Portal 14th Aug 2014 read more »
As one of the driving forces behind the UK’s community energy sector and a leading player in environmental law, you can see how Simmons & Simmons seized the title of green law firm of the year.
Business Green 14th Aug 2014 read more »
Kingussie Small hydro
As a Dream Fund winner in 2011, the Kingussie Micro Hydro project received an amazing £65,386 from our players to generate ‘green’ energy for the Kingussie community. Run by the Kingussie Community Development Company (KCDC) and the Kingussie Vicinity Community Council, this fantastic project is getting underway this summer after nine long years of development. This marks a very exciting time for project founders as their dream of a sustainable and energy-efficient community is finally becoming a reality.
Postcode Lottery 14th Aug 2014 read more »
The spades and shovels were out at Kingussie recently to mark the start of work on Kingussie Community Development Company’s new hydro scheme, on the River Gynack, a tributary of the River Spey.
Community Energy Scotland 11th Aug 2014 read more »
Loch Garry Small Hydro
Work has started on a £3m hydroelectric project in northern Scotland with developers Green Highland Renewables confident that the scheme will come online in 2015. The 750kW scheme at Allt Choire a’ Bhalachain on the south side of Loch Garry is one of two projects in the area being developed by the Perth-based company on land managed by Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS). The other scheme, a 1.3MW development at Allt Ladaidh, will commence construction in early 2015. Green Highland Renewables was appointed by FCS in 2010 to develop a number of sites for hydroelectricity and has gained planning permission for three locations, with around 20 more prospective projects in the pipeline.
Business Green 14th Aug 2014 read more »
Wiltshire goes Solar
Work on the largest local authority rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system in the UK has been completed at the Northacre Resource Recovery Centre in Westbury and will save £1.5m over the next 20 years. The 1,248 panels cover an area the size of more than seven tennis courts and will generate more than 280,000KWh of electricity each year. This is expected to save Wiltshire Council more than £55,000 and reduce carbon emissions by 148 tonnes. All of the energy will be used on site to power the mechanical biological treatment process used to turn household waste form the region into solid recovered fuel, thus diverting it from landfill. Solarsense commercial manager David Snape, the company responsible for the design and installation of the system said: “The Northacre RRC project is a great example of how solar PV can significantly reduce consumption and deliver long-term cost savings for industrial processes. As the developer of the largest Local Authority rooftop PV installation in the UK, Wiltshire Council is making a very clear long-term commitment to carbon reduction and sustainability, as well as a very sound investment which will benefit the county.”
Edie 13th Aug 2014 read more »
Solar Portal 13th Aug 2014 read more »
Solar has bright future
Leading investment bank Citigroup has painted an incredibly bright future for solar energy across the globe, arguing that its rapid expansion will be driven by “pure economics” and the growing need for diversity. “We believe global solar growth will be driven by economics, fuel diversity and emerging financing vehicles as well as some country specific legislative overlay,” Citi analysts argue in a new report. “Moreover, this growth looks set to continue for the long term, as solar takes an ever greater share of energy generation, helped by improving economics against fossil fuels.” The report, Energy 2020: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised as Disruptors Multiply, cites a bunch of key reasons why the outlook for solar energy is so positive.
Renew Economy 13th Aug 2014 read more »
PV Tech 13th Aug 2014 read more »
Business Green 15th Aug 2014 read more »
Ripon manufacturing business Econ Engineering has made a £220,000 investment in green technology with the installation of solar panels at its manufacturing facility. Econ, which is the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of gritting and snow plough vehicles, has installed 800 solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of its Ripon factory. The technology is expected to lower the firm’s electricity consumption by around 15 per cent per year.
Harrogate News 13th Aug 2014 read more »
Insulation companies say they have been forced to make redundancies because of late payments from Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.
Business Green 13th Aug 2014 read more »
Solar reaches 5GW
This blog discusses the implications of the UK reaching 5GW, and explains why few will be hoisting any bunting to celebrate what ought to be at least worthy of a group hug.
Solar Portal 12th Aug 2014 read more »
Britain’s solar electricity market has passed a major milestone this week, according to new figures which suggest solar panels can now power six per cent of all UK households. Analysts at NPD Solarbuzz released new data showing the UK now boasts 5GW of solar power capacity, following an uptick in construction during the last month. Unsurprisingly, the figures reveal that nearly half of all capacity is located in the sunniest part of the country, with 46 per cent in the South West and East regions. The East of England holds 15 per cent of capacity, while London and Northern Ireland both have just one per cent.
Business Green 12th Aug 2014 read more »
Solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed in the United Kingdom has now reached 5 gigawatts (GW), making the UK the sixth country to hit this landmark figure, according to an international survey released today. Of the other five leading solar-PV countries, Germany remains the undisputed leader, with more than 37GW. China, Japan, Italy and the United States each have more than 10GW installed, claims the report produced by NPD Solarbuzz. It says that 90% of the 5GW of solar PV capacity in the UK has been installed during the past three years, with 46% of the total capacity located in the South West and South East regions. At 5GW, solar PV capacity in the UK can now power nearly 6% of all households. The cumulative PV capacity is expected to continue to grow strongly until the end of March next year, before pending policy changes take effect to slow down the large ground-mounted PV segment, it is claimed.
Energy Now 12th Aug 2014 read more »
The UK has reached 5GW of installed PV capacity, making it “the most important solar PV market in Europe”, at least during this year, according to the latest findings from analysis firm NPD Solarbuzz.
PV-Tech 12th Aug 2014 read more »
The Solar Trade Association (STA) is asking for its members to contact their local MP in the hopes of raising awareness over proposed changes to large-scale solar support. The STA is imploring its members to write to their local MPs in order to challenge government proposals that would see the removal of support for large-scale solar under the renewable obligation.
Solar Portal 12th Aug 2014 read more »
THE solar power industry accused the Government of undermining the development of renewable technologies, after it emerged they would have access to just £50m of annual funding. The auction of contracts-for-difference will take place in October, with deals worth an annual £50m available to established technologies such as solar and onshore wind power, the Department for Energy and Climate Change said.
Northern Echo 15th Aug 2014 read more »
How much extra does it cost to fit out your office with all the latest green technologies? Environmentally friendly insulation, low flush toilets and even onsite renewable energy generation may seem like they have a high financial cost, but a new report from green building certification body BREEAM, aims to show that in fact the opposite is true.
Business Green 12th Aug 2014 read more »
Passivhaus is known as the world’s leading energy efficiency standard for buildings. It drives building energy consumption down as much as 90%. This means paying very close attention to how a building is designed, detailed and constructed to ensure energy is used efficiently and not wasted. It means undertaking very detailed energy and performance modeling during the design process. This can all seem a bit complicated and geeky, so why not leave it to the geeks who love this kind of thing? And only Treehuggers are so into saving energy aren’t they? Actually, no. Here are three reasons why you should care about Passivhaus: Climate Change, EU legislation, and because you can make a difference.
Specified By 11th Aug 2014 read more »
Dingwall Wind Co-op
Short documentary covering the launch of the community led Dingwall Wind Co-op, as part of the Community Power series of short documentary films.
FoE Scotland 11th Aug 2014 read more »
Over 175,000 homes in the capital could be in line for energy efficiency improvements under a new warm home push from the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The mayor’s office has awarded Capita Symonds a £3 million contract to deliver energy-saving improvements worth at least £50 million over the next three years. Commenting on the need for increased efficiency in the capital’s housing stock, Johnson said: “Many families are rightly concerned at the cost of their energy bills so I’m delighted to be able to put in place a programme of energy-saving measures for homes across the capital. This will result in renovations that lower energy bills for thousands of residents.”
Next Energy 11th Aug 2014 read more »
An Exeter energy firm has doubled its salesforce after seeing a boom in domestic and business customers opting to save money through renewables. Solarlec, based on Yeoford Way in Marsh Barton has recruited 12 new energy advisors to bolster its Devon division as solar PV panels continue to be in high demand across the county. The new recruits take Solarlec’s South West team up to 24 energy advisors, who work all over the region to help families and businesses find renewable energy solutions to save money and energy cash back through government subsidy schemes.
Western Morning News 11th Aug 2014 read more »
More than 20,000 homes could be heated by drawing energy from just 40 urban rivers and estuaries, from the Tyne in Newcastle down to the Stour in Bournemouth, according to new government research.The Energy Secretary, Ed Davey, wants to see quick development of water-source heat pumps. These draw residual heat from rivers, which is then fed into local networks or single buildings to provide a low-carbon form of energy. The Department of Energy has today published a “heat map” (see graphic) to help developers and local authorities identify the best locations to install the pumps, aligning them to areas with high demand for heat.
Independent 10th Aug 2014 read more »
Solar Firms to Sue
Four large solar firms are suing the British Government over its decision to end support for ‘farm scale’ solar generators of 5MW or more. The move reflects ministerial concern about the success of the UK’s fast growing solar power sector.
Ecologist 9th Aug 2014 read more »
As our Farm Power project develops, we’ve been looking into the potential of farms to contribute to the UK’s energy system. We think that sustainable farm-based energy could – if correctly supported – make a significant contribution. Just as importantly, we also think that energy production can complement the broad suite of ‘asks’ society might want from our countryside (from food production through to biodiversity and recreation).Given that the debate around food and energy is typically framed as food vs energy, this latter point is something that we’re really keen to explore. So, given that today is #SolarIndependenceDay, here are some thoughts on farm-based solar: Solar PV is oft-downplayed in future energy projections, but it is perhaps the most dynamic technology in the UK at the moment. Indeed, over 1GW of solar PV was installed in the first three months of 2014 alone, bringing the total installed capacity in the UK close to 4.5GW. The Government has stated it would like to see some 20GW of solar PV installed by 2020 (albeit with a strong preference towards rooftop installations), arguing that any more than this will stress the country’s grid infrastructure. Other stakeholders are much more bullish in their predictions – the highest estimate/prediction for installed solar capacity in the UK that we’ve found is 75GW (as proposed by the Centre for Alternative Technology’s “Zero Carbon Britain” report).
Forum for the Future 4th July 2014 read more »