A derelict building in the east of Glasgow has been transformed into 29 solar powered flats. The Fernan Gardens development on Fernan Road, Shettleston, feature photovoltaic solar panels and heat recovery ventilation systems which allow fresh air into homes without letting heat escape. The development has been shortlisted in the Excellence in Development for Rented Properties category of the CIH Scotland Excellence Awards organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing. The flats were built by developer Lovell for Shettleston Housing Association. They are all socially rented to tenants aged 55 or over.
Glasgow Live 21st Dec 2016 read more »
An independent review into energy efficiency and home renewable energy measures has called for greater consumer protection through a new framework and quality mark. The review sets out 27 recommendations to tackle consumer confidence in the energy efficiency marketplace, increase uptake and improve standards of installations. It identified that “despite the good intentions of the government” public demand for measures has not increased and “there have been too many instances of poor quality installations” by companies which “do not have the skills, quality levels or core values required to operate responsibly in this market”.
Edie 20h Dec 2016 read more »
Energy efficiency and renewable energy measures could soon be sporting a government-backed quality mark if the recommendations of a long-awaited sector review are adopted. The long-awaited Bonfield Review, released by the government on Friday, suggests a widely recognised quality mark would boost consumer confidence and protection in the energy efficiency marketplace. The government’s review of domestic energy efficiency and renewable energy standards was first launched last year in response to the controversial shake-up of green building policies, including the scrapping of the beleaguered Green Deal loan scheme. Chaired by Dr Peter Bonfield – chief executive of the BRE Group – the ‘Each Home Counts’ review set out to consider issues relating to consumer advice, protection, standards and enforcement in relation to home energy efficiency and renewable energy measures in the UK.
Business Green 19th Dec 2016 read more »
Solar Ice Cream
Scotland’s largest privately owned solar farm is on track to record just under 1.5 million kilowatt hours in 2016, its first year in operation.Based on a farm near Westerton, Aberdeenshire, the 10-acre facility was built for the family-owned Mackie’s ice cream business and has a total installed capacity of 1.8MW. It complements four wind turbines, with a total of 3MW, providing peak power in summer when wind levels tend to drop. The 7000-panel solar farm, installed by Loch Lomond-based Absolute Solar and Wind, is capable of creating enough electricity to power 485 homes. Its 2016 output is five per cent above estimates thanks to favourable weather conditions.
Scotsman 19th Dec 2016 read more »
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Northern Ireland’s first minister has survived an effort to unseat her in a growing political scandal over a botched renewable energy scheme that could cost the province’s taxpayers at least £400m. Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist party who became Northern Ireland’s first female first minister a year ago, offered a qualified apology for her role in introducing the renewable heating incentive. But she accused her opponents of trying to lead her to the “political gallows” over her role in the affair, which has been dubbed “cash for ash”. Ms Foster admitted that the renewables scheme, or RHI, which was meant to be a modest step to encourage Northern Ireland’s businesses to switch to renewable energy sources, contained “fundamental flaws”. Critics say it was so poorly designed that its costs quickly ballooned out of control.
FT 19th Dec 2016 read more »
Sinn Fein are warning of grave consequences if the DUP bring forward a statement during a debate on Monday about the Renewable Heat Initiative Scheme without their support. Martin McGuinness said the statement which Arlene Foster plans to make to the Assembly does not have his authority or approval as deputy first minister. Sinn Fein will put forward a motion asking for the first minster to stand aside to facilitate an independent investigation into the RHI scandal. The Assembly will debate a motion to exclude Mrs Foster as first minister on Monday. On Sunday, the DUP said it supported the need for an independent and speedy investigation, free from partisan political interference, to establish the facts around the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. It said the party had been working with officials to reach agreement on the details of such a n inquiry. A short time later, Sinn Fein released a statement saying they would be bringing a proposal to the Assembly on Monday for First Minister Arlene Foster to stand aside until an independent investigation produces a preliminary report.
BBC 18th Dec 2016 read more »
The energy storage asset class puts a single label on a dizzying variety of technologies and applications. It’s hard to compare a cavern full of pumped air with a lithium-ion battery, even if they perform similar functions. This makes it difficult to gauge progress across the entire industry. The financial analysts at Lazard make it easier with their Levelized Cost of Storage Analysis, the second annual instalment of which was released Thursday. They standardized costs for 10 prevailing storage technologies to show how they stack up for 10 particular use cases. The picture that emerges is of an ecosystem of technologies rapidly trending down in cost, especially for the larger-scale projects. The old grid-scale stalwarts, pumped hydro and compressed air, still beat the newcomers on cost, but the advanced technologies are closing the gap quickly, and they can operate in many more settings.
Greentech Media 19th Dec 2016 read more »
Renewable energy company Welink has announced a joint venture with Your Housing Group – claimed to be valued at £2.5 billion – which could see the development of 25,000 solar-powered homes each year by 2022. The JV will be assisted by China National Building Material (CNBM) and will incorporate Barcelona Housing Systems design practices for rapid deployment. The modular, energy efficient homes will also incorporate BIPV solar solutions which Welink said would help lift tenants out of fuel poverty. Aimal Rahman, chairman of Welink Group, said that “radical innovation” in building practices and modular housing would address a shortfall of housing in the UK.
Solar Portal 19th Dec 2016 read more »
People working in green buildings think better in the office and sleep better when they get home, a new study has revealed. The research indicates that better ventilation, lighting and heat control improves workers’ performance and could boost their productivity by thousands of dollars a year. It also suggests that more subjective aspects, such as beautiful design, may make workers happier and more productive.
Guardian 16th Dec 2016 read more »
Solar power is becoming the world’s cheapest form of new electricity generation, data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) suggests. According to Bloomberg’s analysis, the cost of solar power in China, India, Brazil and 55 other emerging market economies has dropped to about one third of its price in 2010. This means solar now pips wind as the cheapest form of renewable energy—but is also outperforming coal and gas.
Fortune 15th Dec 2016 read more »
World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That’s Cheaper Than Wind. A transformation is happening in global energy markets that’s worth noting as 2016 comes to an end: Solar power, for the first time, is becoming the cheapest form of new electricity. This has happened in isolated projects in the past: an especially competitive auction in the Middle East, for example, resulting in record-cheap solar costs. But now unsubsidized solar is beginning to outcompete coal and natural gas on a larger scale, and notably, new solar projects in emerging markets are costing less to build than wind projects, according to fresh data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The chart below shows the average cost of new wind and solar from 58 emerging-market economies, including China, India, and Brazil. While solar was bound to fall below wind eventually, given its steeper price declines, few predicted it would happen this soon.
Bloomberg 15th Dec 2016 read more »
Community energy is the next big threat to utility companies – unless they manage to become part of this emerging energy economy. They still have a window of opportunity, says Craig Cavanaugh of software services company Omnetric Group, who spent six months researching the energy community market in Europe and the US. He sees three main opportunities for utilities: they can become “collaborative partner”, “community energy service provider” or “community energy platform provider”. In all cases technology is the key. “If utilities don’t move, communities will act on their own”.
Energy Post 12th Dec 2016 read more »