Fife Turbine Plan
A £4.6 MILLION project to build wind turbines in Fife will also provide new boilers for 200 Ore Valley Housing Association homes. It follows an agreement with the Cardenden-based association, the European Energy Efficiency Fund and Scottish Government. Work is already underway at Dundonald and Ore Valley’s chief executive, Andrew Saunders, said: “This project is a good example of a collaborative and innovative approach to address both fuel poverty and make an active contribution to increase the share of renewable energy in the overall electricity mix in Scotland, whilst providing a continuing financial benefit to the local community.” It’s the European Energy Efficiency Fund’s first community-based transaction in the UK and is the result of four years of co-operation with Ore Valley, which is based in Cardenden and provides 650 homes for rent in Central Fife. The European funding group will provide money, along with Cardenden Heat and Power – a subsidiary of Ore Valley – and the Renewable Energy Investment Fund, which is delivered by Scottish Investment Bank on behalf of the Scottish Government.
Central Fife Times 24th Nov 2016 read more »
Scottish Housing News 24th Nov 2016 read more »
The development of solar in the Republic of Ireland will benefit from the late introduction of a support scheme compared to other markets and improve public opinion of renewables, according to leading figures in the sector speaking at last week’s Solar PV Ireland event. While some have been frustrated at the slow legislative process in Ireland to bring a support scheme forward, David Maguire, chairman of the Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA), claimed the country will be able to learn lessons from other markets while taking advantage of the rapid decline in costs.
Solar Portal 24th Nov 2016 read more »
The UK solar industry hit another monthly low in October with newly-released statistics revealing that just 2,406 MCS-accredited systems were installed last month. The figures, released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy this morning, are lower than the previous monthly figure of 2,782 recorded in August, and will serve to add further pressure onto the government over the revised feed-in tariff scheme.
Solar Portal 24th Oct 2016 read more »
A recent poll carried out on behalf of OVO energy, has found that the number of homeowners planning solar panel installations is set to rise. According to the report, as it stands at the moment just 6% of homes have been fitted with solar panels. However, the figures show that just under 20% of homeowners are planning to fit them to their homes in the not so distant future. This means that over a quarter of all British homes could be running on – and receiving all the benefits of – solar energy in the next few years.
Property reporter 24th Nov 2016 read more »
The number of Scottish homeowners planning solar panel installations is set to rise, according to the results of a recent poll. The survey carried out on behalf of one independent suppliers, OVO energy, showed that while just 6 per cent of Scottish homes have been fitted with solar panels, 18 per cent of Scots are planning to fit them to their homes in the not so distant future. This means that almost a quarter of all Scottish homes could be running on – and receiving all the benefits of – solar energy in the next few years.
Scottish Construction Now 24th Nov 2016 read more »
The fossil fuel industry has been obsessed by its battles with renewable energy – wind and solar in particular – as it struggles to prop up its disintegrating business model. But in Europe, another more dangerous nemesis is emerging – energy efficiency, an unfashionable yet economically alluring investment that analysts at Citigroup say could reshape power markets for ever, and remove fossil fuels as the primary driver of market prices. Energy efficiency has long been held by its enthusiasts as the most obvious lever to reduce emissions, and save costs. A megawatt hour of electricity not used is the cheapest form of abatement, they say, and have even coined a term – the “negawatt” – to market the idea. But try as they might – and despite the almost immediate returns on investment from energy efficiency – the idea never really captured the attention of the public or politicians. And the powerful fossil fuel generators in Australia used their regulatory influence to ensure that any major initiatives were quietly jettisoned. In Europe, however, the opposite has occurred, and Citigroup says the combination of EU-wide energy efficiency targets, its renewable energy policies and the emergence of ultra efficient appliances and zero carbon homes will have a big impact on power markets. In effect, the combined impact will be to significantly reduce demand to the point that fossil fuel generators will largely lose their pricing power. The Citigroup analysts also suggest the market will also have to “say goodbye to peak demand too,” as the combination of reduced residential demand, lower lighting demand, and an increase focus on demand side response and storage development will likely result in peak demand becoming gradually less pronounced. This is a radical reshaping of energy markets, but one that Citigroup says is poorly understood.
Renew Economy 24th Nov 2016 read more »
Small and medium-sized businesses across Britain are missing out on energy-efficiency savings according to a new Scottish Power survey which has revealed only 1 in 10 claim to have decreased their energy consumption over the past year. The YouGov survey also found that over 60 per cent of SME business owners do not regard energy efficiency in the workplace as a key priority, while more than half of SME business owners do not have any active measures in place to try to be energy smarter. Meanwhile, Scottish Power has joined forces with the Carbon Trust to help more businesses take control of their energy outgoings and make effective savings. The partnership will bring to market new energy-efficiency tools and an online resource to help more firms improve their energy efficiency, reduce their energy costs and become more sustainable.
Scottish Energy News 23rd Nov 2016 read more »
Solar panels could be fitted onto the roof of Buckingham Palace as part of a £369m renovation of the iconic building, according to a programme report for the proposed refit published last week by the Royal Trustees. According to the report, project consultants considered various alternative sources of electricity to supplement the Palace’s mains power, with the Household ultimately deciding to include solar electric panels and an anaerobic digestion unit in its plans for the reservicing.
Business Green 22nd Nov 2016 read more »
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Green gas produced from grass could meet the needs of 97 per cent of UK households by 2035 and pump £7.5bn into the economy each year, according to a new analysis by Ecotricity.
Business Green 22nd Nov 2016 read more »
A Spanish small-wind turbine manufacturer has launched a new integrated biogas solution for agricultural, utility and industrial users throughout the UK. Known as the Norvento-BioPlant, the system enables small and medium sized companies and landowners to sustainably manage organic waste and turn it into renewable gas, electricity or both, allowing them to take a step towards energy independence. Norvento’s BioPlant is a medium sized system for the agricultural and landfill waste sectors that will benefit from the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) sweet spots, which range between 150kWh for electricity and 600kWh for heat.
Scottish Energy News 22nd Nov 2016 read more »
Wiltshire is the second most improved county for solar power progress. League tables that rank progress on the use of renewable energy in England and Wales over the past year, published by think tank’ Green Alliance’, show that Wiltshire is not only one of the top improvers for solar power but it is also top overall for solar power capacity, with a total of 595 MW installed. That’s enough to power more than 128,000 homes. Figures at the end of last year (2015) showed Wiltshire was in third place, so this year’s survey will be seen is an improvement.
Spire FM 22nd Nov 2016 read more »
A unique wind farm project has made it to the finals in the Community Ownership Awards 2016. Awel Co-op is building a two turbine wind farm on Mynydd y Gwrhyd north of Pontardawe. The wind farm will generate enough power to supply the equivalent of 2500 homes. To date it has raised £1.54m from a Share Offer to help fund the turbines. The Community Ownership Awards are run by Plunkett Foundation, the national charity supporting people to set up and run community co-operatives – businesses that are owned and run democratically by large numbers of people from within their local area – to help overcome issues ranging from isolation and loneliness to poverty.
South Wales Guardian 21st Nov 2016 read more »
Oxfordshire Community Energy
UTC Aerospace Systems CTG in Banbury is now host to Low Carbon Hub’s latest community energy project – and the UK’s biggest community-owned solar roof. This is the 30th people’s power station we have built in Oxfordshire, and the last of the 17 projects in our 2016 pipeline.
Low Carbon Hub 21st Nov 2016 read more »
Energy efficiency investment will be “critical” to achieving the global emissions reduction targets set out in the Paris Agreement, and must be embedded in Britain’s new Industrial Strategy to drive economic productivity. Those are among the key findings of two new reports released over the past week, which together conclude that there is now an urgent need to increase investment in energy efficiency technologies at both a UK and international level. The first report, released by the Carbon Trust towards the end of the UN’s COP22 climate talks in Marrakesh last week, claims that energy efficiency is “the most cost effective way of tackling climate change” and reaching international carbon reduction targets. The second report, released a day later by the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE), reveals that the productivity of the UK economy rose by £1.7bn between 2010 and 2015 as a result of industrial, services and domestic sector energy efficiency investments.
Edie 21st Nov 2016 read more »
Solar Roof Tiles
Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has again set tongues wagging, this time with his declaration that his newly launched integrated solar roof tiles could actually cost less to install than a regular roof – making the renewable electricity they produce “just a bonus”. The claims, which are already being carefully dissected by various media pundits, were made by Musk last Thursday, after Tesla and SolarCity shareholders voted in favour of a $2 billion deal to merge the two companies.
One Step Off the Grid 21st Nov 2016 read more »
A six-figure funding package from Bank of Scotland (BoS) has helped an Arran farming business set up a hydro power plant. The Glenkiln hydro project, developed by Lamlash farming business J K & C Bone and renewable energy developer MEG Renewables, can generate enough power for 400 homes and will supply 15 per cent of the island’s domestic electricity. Construction of the 500 kilowatt scheme has taken two years.
Scotsman 18th Nov 2016 read more »