Tesla Motors will unveil a new integrated product involving solar power, battery storage and Tesla charger on 28 October. Elon Musk, chairman and chief executive of Tesla and largest shareholder in both SolarCity and Tesla, once again drew great interest with a Twitter announcement.
PV-Tech 23rd Sept 2016 read more »
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The vision of households and businesses moving largely off-grid by storing solar power generated during the day for use overnight is close to becoming a reality, but the nascent sector needs to see key regulatory, economic and market barriers removed if it is to deliver on its huge potential. That is the conclusion of a major new report from the Solar Trade Association (STA), which argues that energy storage technologies are increasingly capable of providing a wide range of services to home owners, businesses, network operators, and utilities. However, the report, entitled Solar + Storage Opportunities, warns the nascent sector could be undermined by a failure to quickly address regulatory barriers and establish product and installation standards to safeguard safety and quality in an emerging market.
Business Green 23rd Sept 2016 read more »
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A Blackpool MP and a school head have slammed plans which will see tax on solar panels go sky high. Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden has criticised the Government for undermining eco-friendly businesses and schools in Blackpool, following proposals for a rates tax hike on organisations that install solar panels. The Blackpool South MP, who earlier this year launched his “Cleaner, Greener Blackpool” initiative in South Shore, said the Government’s plans to increase tax rates would “punish” local organisations, who were trying to do the right thing in generating their own clean energy for themselves and the local community.
Blackpool Gazette 23rd Sept 2016 read more »
There are “significant shortfalls” in the funding to tackle fuel poverty in the UK, the Committee on Fuel Poverty has warned. The first report from the Committee revealed its estimates for the cost of meeting the government’s 2030 target to ensure as many households as reasonably practical achieve a minimum energy efficiency rating of band C. The Committee said it will cost £1.9 billion to achieve the first milestone in 2020 which aims to get as many homes to a band E rating, a further £5.6 billion to get homes to band D by 2025 and an additional £12.3 billion for the final 2030 target.
Utility Week 23rd Sept 2016 read more »
St Andrews University goes Biomass
Scot Heat & Power has won the contract to supply biomass fuel to St Andrews University’s £25 million green energy project. The Broxburn-based company will supply round wood for the next five years to the Guardbridge Energy Centre – a macro-renewable project on the site of the former Curtis Fine Papers Mill that is supporting the university’s aim of becoming the UK’s first carbon neutral institution of its kind. The biomass Energy Centre will use virgin round wood, sourced locally from sustainably managed forests by Scot Heat & Power to produce and store hot water. This will then be pumped four miles underground to the university’s North Haugh Campus via a district heating network that will heat and cool its administration and academic building, as well as its laboratories and residences.
Scottish Energy News 23rd Sept 2016 read more »
White Rose Energy
Leeds City Council has teamed up with Robin Hood Energy to launch a new supplier for residents across Yorkshire. White Rose Energy is open to all households in the region and aims to be particularly competitive on traditional prepayment tariffs to help alleviate fuel poverty. The new supplier claims to offer fairer, more transparent energy tariffs to encourage residents away from the big six suppliers.
Utility Week 21st Sept 2016 read more »
The Scotch Whisky Association said it had refreshed its Scotch Whisky Industry Environmental Strategy – first published in 2009 – and would look for manufacturers of the spirit to use energy sources such as anaerobic digestion and solar power. The new interim target of 40 per cent comes in addition to the long-term aim of reducing non-fossil fuel energy use to 80 per cent by 2050. Currently, 17 per cent of energy used in the whisky industry is generated from non-fossil fuels – up from just three per cent in 2008. Other guidelines include improving distilling water efficiency by 10 per cent and ensuring that no general waste from Scotch Whisky operations will go to landfill – both by 2020. Scotch whisky accounts for around a quarter of UK food and drink exports, generating £3.95 billion for the UK balance of trade.
Scotsman 21st Sept 2016 read more »
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The on-site bio-energy plant commissioned one year ago by Diageo at its Glendullan distillery in Speyside is helping lead the Scottish whisky industry’s drive for environmental sustainability and carbon reduction. The Clearfleau anaerobic digestion (AD-power) plant has delivered a 25% reduction in fossil fuel energy demand at the distillery, saving Diageo significant costs and reducing its carbon footprint by 1,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. Over the past 12 months, anaerobic digestion at the Dufftown distillery has converted approximately 1,000m3 per day of malt whisky distillery co-products into renewable energy. This is about 1 million m3 of biogas per year – producing 6000 MW hours of thermal energy for the distillery.
Scottish Energy News 22nd Sept 2016 read more »
Oxfordshire Community Solar
Work on what is claimed to be the largest community rooftop solar scheme in the UK has been completed in Oxfordshire and is set to begin generating clean energy and revenues before the end of the month. The 636kW system has been installed at the Banbury headquarters of motorsports and engineering firm Prodrive and is one of 13 projects to be completed on schools and business over the summer by Oxford-based social enterprise Low Carbon Hub. The scheme has been funded through a mix loans and a community energy share offer, which offers returns of at least 5% to investors. It will also provide Prodrive with enough clean energy to save 5,600 tonnes of CO2 over the lifetime of the 20-year project alongside discounted electricity at no cost to the business.
Solar Portal 22nd Sept 2016 read more »
Energy for Edinburgh
EDINBURGH looks set to win the race to have the first operable energy services company in Scotland set up by a local authority. Energy for Edinburgh is to be the name of an arm’s-length council organisation focusing exclusively on sustainable energy. It will be the third of its kind set up by a council in Britain, following Nottingham and Bristol – residents of the former have seen their energy bills slashed since Robin Hood Energy came into being last September. Glasgow City Council has been planning an energy services company (ESCo) for some time but Edinburgh will this week move ahead and name the first board members. Setting up an ESCo is a key plank of Edinburgh City Council’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan, which aims to slash carbon emissions in the capital by 42 per cent by 2020 from 2005 levels, the most ambitious target in the UK. The new ESCo will look to identify sustainable projects in five designated programmes: energy efficiency, district heating, renewables, resource efficiency and sustainable transport. The overall plan is to reduce carbon emissions, deliver affordable energy, with a particular focus on alleviating fuel poverty, generate income and encourage wider community benefits. The proposed Energy for Edinburgh Board, if approved by councillors tomorrow, would be councillors Adam McVey (interim chairman), Lesley Hinds, Chas Booth and individuals who are all experts in their field. They are Toby Tucker, subject to employer approval, Kathryn Dapre, Andrew Joss, Caroline Acton and Teresa Bray.
The National 21st Sept 2016 read more »
The first grid scale installation of the Tesla Powerpack system in Europe has been completed in the UK by Camborne Energy Storage and is set to provide ancillary services to the National Grid. The 500kWh capacity system, has been co-located with a 500kWp solar farm in Somerset to demonstrate the potential to provide a balanced grid.
Solar Portal 21st Sept 2016 read more »
Solar energy development on brownfield sites in Ireland could reach as much as 3GW beacuse of increasing commercial advantages, according to reports. This is in comparison with greenfield locations in new findings by Dulas. The renewable energy advisor said in a study that it had made the observation based on market estimates of between 400 to 600 brownfield sites in the country and a feed-in tariff which is favourable for 5MW projects per site. Dulas also said that until the Irish Government’s renewables policy and financial support is finalised, that the level of detail required to instill confidence in investors and enable them to back the markets would remain “elusive”.
Energy Voice 21st Sept 2016 read more »
A new NHS sustainability report reveals the health service could save in excess of £26m a year by increasing adoption of combined heat and power (CHP) technology. The Securing Heathy Returns Report, which analyses the financial value of key sustainability measures in the NHS, states that CHP provides the biggest energy-saving opportunity – amounting to £26.4m a year. That’s enough to fund the salaries of more than 1,200 newly-qualified registered nurses. The report, published by the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) for NHS England and Public Health England, analyses 35 proven measures that it says could achieve a total of £400m of cost savings and reduce carbon emissions by a million tonnes every year by 2020. These interventions were selected because they are supported by robust data and evidence to enable analysis and scaling. Of the 18 energy-saving measures covered in the report, CHP provides the highest annual potential cost savings (£26.4m), followed by staff energy awareness and behaviour change (£21.5m); high-efficiency lighting (£7.2m); and reducing temperature set points by one degree Celsius (£6.2m).
Healthcare Design & Management 20th September 2016 read more »
Energy Efficient Mortgages
A new project has been launched with a view to revitalising the European domestic energy efficiency sector, eschewing complex government-backed loans, grants and subsidies, in favour of a new private-sector led approach. Backed by the World Green Building Council, the “groundbreaking” energy efficiency financing project could offer homebuyers across the EU better borrowing rates on mortgages in return for purchasing more energy efficient homes or committing to implementing energy saving work within properties. Europe regional director of the World Green Building Council, James Drinkwater, said such innovative approaches to financing energy efficiency are needed if the world is to keep global warming within the Paris Agreement target of well below 2C. “Mortgages which reward consumers and investors by recognising energy efficiency represent one such way, and will undoubtedly play a key role in helping to achieve our ambitious climate change targets,” he predicts. The European Energy Efficiency Mortgage initiative brings together a consortium of major banks and mortgage lenders as well as businesses and organisations from the building and energy industries. It is led by the European Mortgage Federation – European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC), which represents over 95 per cent of covered bond issuers in the EU.
Business Green 20th Sept 2016 read more »
In order to help remote communities in Asia-Pacific to produce cleaner and cheaper energy, Engie has developed a new power solution. Combining solar energy with hydrogen energy storage, the solution is capable of delivering electricity 24/7 without emitting CO2, at a competitive price. Engie is ready to overhaul the electricity industry with a new solution: hydrogen energy storage for solar power. This and other hydrogen solutions have been discussed at the September 19th roundtable in Paris.
Energy Business Review 20th Sept 2016 read more »
Businesses are now able to count green gas energy produced by anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities towards their onsite greenhouse gas emissions reporting, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) announced today. Changes have been made to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol – the global standard against which large companies measure, manage and report GHG emissions – to recognise Green Gas Certificates as eligible for supporting a firm’s reporting of its carbon impact. Backing the changes, green energy supplier Good Energy said six per cent of its green gas supply comes from grid-injected biomethane sourced from UK AD plants registered through the GGCS. “Because our green gas is robustly and independently certified by the Green Gas Certification Scheme, we can assure our customers that, by getting their gas from us, they’re playing their part in achieving a sustainable future,” said Good Energy CEO Juliet Davenport. Other domestic energy firms signed up to the GGCS include Green Energy UK, which is now supplying customers with 100 per cent green gas from AD plants, as well as LoCO2 Energy, which is supplying 10 per cent of its gas from biomethane.
Business Green 19th Sept 2016 read more »
Philips Lighting has set out a wide-ranging new five year sustainability programme, including a goal of deriving 80 per cent of its turnover from products, systems and services which “provide environmental and social benefits”. Launched yesterday as part of New York City’s Climate Week, the ‘Brighter Lives, Better World’ programme marks the first time Philips Lighting – a part of technology giant Philips – has set its own sustainability goals as a standalone brand. The programme reaffirms parent firm Philips’ overall 2020 commitments to become a ‘carbon neutral’ company – a pledge first made last year in Paris – and for all of its electricity to come from clean sources. It also sets a target of eliminating waste to landfill at all Philips Lighting manufacturing sites by 2020. Philips Lighting claims its sustainable revenues accounted for 72 per cent of its total sales in 2015, while its connected lighting systems with wireless controls can reduce its customers’ energy use by up to 80 per cent. In addition, the LED firm has increased its use of renewable electricity to 58 per cent and reduced its carbon footprint by 42 per cent compared to 2007, the report said. The company plans to compensate for any remaining emissions it cannot avoid by investing in carbon offset projects.
Business Green 20th Sept 2016 read more »
Lightsource has begun supplying solar energy to Ming Foods through a 25 year power purchase agreement which stands to save the Chinese pastry specialist more than £20,000 from its annual energy costs. The 178kWp system has been installed on the roof of Ming Food’s factory in Swanley, Kent and is expected to provide 20% of the facility’s total electricity needs. It will also generate annual carbon emissions savings of around 82 tonnes.
Solar Portal 19th Sept 2016 read more »