Local Authorities & Solar
Local authorities are still willing and able to invest in solar energy if installers can make the business case to do so, according to Nottingham City councillor Alan Clark. Despite recent cuts to the feed-in tariff having the potential to stifle new installations in social housing, Clark believes councils across the country still have the funds to commit to renewables.
Solar Portal 8th April 2016 read more »
Chinese battery giant BYD is to launch a residential battery system for the UK market and host a series of training events for installers later this month. The Mini ES battery has been designed with a 20-year life expectancy through a built-in battery management system, and the product will be initially launched in 3kW and 6kW sizes.
Solar Portal 8th April 2016 read more »
The British solar industry has welcomed an ‘action plan’ from the European Commission which the solar industry hopes will support Ministers’ indicated intentions to apply a reduced rate of 5% VAT on solar PV and solar thermal panels. The European Commission intends to give national governments ‘more autonomy’ in how they grant lower rates of VAT. The EU executive has put forward two possible options on how to do this.
Scottish Energy News 8th April 2016 read more »
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Council Solar Farm
The plan for a council owned solar power farm in Forest Heath may go ahead after all. The district council first looked at investing in the 12 mega-Watt farm at Toggam Farm in Newfen Gravel Drove, Lakenheath, last summer but in September announced the idea had been dropped. However, their commercial partners Greenheath carried on with the development alone.
Newmarket Journal 8th April 2016 read more »
UK’s Largest Solar Car Park
Installer EvoEnergy has connected what it claims to be the UK’s largest solar car park on behalf of Nottingham City Council. The company installed a 354-panel, 88.5kW system at Ken Martin Leisure Centre, adding to the 67kW system it installed at Harvey Hadden Sports Village last year. Nottingham City Council expects the site to generate just under 80,000kWh of energy each year, all of which will be used on-site to save the council around £10,000 per year on its energy bills. The installation was connected prior to January’s feed-in tariff cut-off point so does receive the previous regime’s higher rates. The council expects the project to pay itself back within 11 years.
Solar Portal 7th April 2016 read more »
Solar Job Cuts
A further 34 UK solar jobs have been lost after the installation arm of renewables developer Freewatt declared insolvency. Freewatt becomes the third installer to publicly declare insolvency following two Norwich-based installers, which themselves employed around 65 employees.
Solar Portal 7th April 2016 read more »
Isle of Wight Share Offer
A community benefit society in the Isle of Wight is seeking investors for a 4MW solar farm. Wight Community Energy (WEC) has secured an investment worth £4.58 million for the project and is looking to raise the final £800,000 through a crowdfunded share offer.It is offering investors a 7% per year target return. The solar farm is expected to produce 4.6GWh of electricity in its first year – equivalent to powering 1,340 homes on the island.
Energy Live News 6th April 2016 read more »
Green energy specialist Ecotricity has unveiled its latest wind turbine at the site of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, promising to provide clean power to the NHS as part of a new partnership.
Business Green 6th April 2016 read more »
London 750MW solar target
The next mayor of London should set the capital a target of deploying 750MW of solar by 2025, a new report by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) has said. The ‘London: Global green city’ report has outlined a series of challenges that Boris Johnson’s successor, to be elected next month, will face if the capital is to meet ambitious climate and carbon reduction goals. Central to achieving these targets will be the establishment of a more stringent decentralised energy strategy, which IPPR said must realise the potential for solar within London’s borders. The report claims that there is potential for London to deploy as much as 9GW of solar – enough to meet a fifth of its energy demand – but cites Department of Energy and Climate Change figures from December 2015 demonstrating that just 54MW has been installed, equivalent to less than 1% of demand.
Solar Portal 6th April 2016 read more »
Hampshire has been named as the third-best county for installing solar panels in England and Wales. The county’s megawatt capacity of 317 placed it only behind Cornwall and Devon in a league table produced by think tank Green Alliance. A total of 21,706 different solar powered projects are currently in operation in Hampshire, second only to Devon and Greater Manchester nationwide.
Basingstoke Observer 7th April 2016 read more »
Giant German energy company RWE International has announced expansion plans to take advantage of Scottish natural resources by building a bigger fleet of assets in small-scale hydropower in Scotland – despite the UK Government’s decision to cut support for renewable energy projects.
Scottish Energy News 7th April 2016 read more »
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, will now make use of renewable electricity generated on-site thanks to a new wind turbine installed by green energy supplier Ecotricity.
Edie 6th April 2016 read more »
Solar PV Installer of the Year
Glasgow-based SPV Energy (a trading division of Solar PV Energy Solutions) has been awarded the title of ‘Solar PV Installer of the Year’ at the Scottish Regional Energy Efficiency & Retrofit Awards, part of the UK awards for the energy saving and efficiency sector. Commercial Director Jim O’Brien, a former Partner with St James’s Place Wealth Management, and partner John Gorman run the Shettleston based company which was responsible for the installation of 4000 Solar PV panels on the 700 sustainable energy homes at the Athletes Village in the city’s East End.
Scottish Energy News 4th April 2016 read more »
g2 Energy completed work on 47 large scale ground mounted solar farms in the six months leading up to the early closure of the Renewables Obligation on 31 March, totalling 356.4MW. The grid connection provider finished 66 renewable energy projects during the final quarter of 2015 and first quarter of 2016. The majority of these were solar projects in need of completion ahead of the removal of existing tariffs for all new projects connected from 1 April onwards. The company says 2016 is the fifth year running that it has been able to connect 100% of its contracted renewable energy projects within the desired timescale for clients.
Solar Portal 4th April 2016 read more »
Oxfordshire Solar Schools
A SCHOOL could power itself through green means if permission for solar panels is granted. Low Carbon Hub wants to add Long Furlong Primary School in Abingdon to its growing portfolio of schools which are utilising the might of the sun. The social enterprise, which works with businesses and communities to provide renewable energy, has already fitted solar panels at twenty Oxfordshire schools as part of its Solar Energy for Schools scheme. Long Furlong School, in Boulter Drive, is among ten which are awaiting the approval of planning applications.
Oxford Mail 4th April 2016 read more »
Scottish Water has installed 1,000 solar panels at a major water treatment works in Scotland. The project is expected to generate 0.2GWh of electricity every year, providing a quarter of the energy required at Marchbank Water Treatment Works which serves 68,000 properties in Edinburgh and parts of West Lothian. The treatment plant currently produces 40 mega litres of water every year – enough to fill 16 Olympic swimming pools.
Energy Live News 4th April 2016 read more »
Hull Solar Shopping Centre
Hull’s largest shopping centre completes major solar panel installation British Land has completed the largest installation of solar photovoltaic panels at a UK shopping centre, a move that will generate 270,000KWh of power every year for St Stephen’s in Hull. More than 1,100 panels, covering 55,000 sq ft of roof space, were installed over a four-week period during the busy Christmas shopping period. The project is expected to supply approximately 35 per cent of the common parts and car park’s annual electricity consumption. – See more at:
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AD in Essex
Construction work has begun on a £32m anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Dagenham, Essex, which once completed will inject enough green gas into the national grid to power more than 10,000 homes across the region. ReFood – one of the UK’s largest waste recyclers – broke ground on the plant late last week. Once up and running ReFood Dagenham will be able to recycle 160,000 tonnes of food waste every year, generating more than 2,000 metres cubed per hour of methane gas that will be fed directly into the grid. The food waste will be collected across London and the South East.
Business Green 4th April 2016 read more »
The Scot-Govt. has published the independent scientific reports it commissioned on the prospects for four geo-thermal energy sites – just hours before parliament was dissolved for the Scottish general elections to Holyrood. Geo-thermal energy may be included in the next iteration of the Scottish Energy Strategy which Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has announced will open for consultation when the new parliamentary session opens in August.
Scottish Energy News 3rd April 2016 read more »
Renewable League Table
A new renewable energy league table reveals that Cornwall and East Riding are the top counties in England and Wales for installed solar and wind power respectively. The league table, produced by think tank Green Alliance, reveals a strong north-south pattern, with northern England performing better on onshore wind capacity and the south doing better on solar. Onshore wind is now cheaper than new gas plants, and solar costs have also fallen dramatically in recent years] Renewables are now core to the UK’s electricity system, providing a quarter of the country’s power in 2015. And renewable energy is popular with people in the UK according to official government statistics which show 78% of the public support the use of renewables, with only 4% against.
Green Alliance 1st April 2016 read more »
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Bristol Energy Co-op
The Bristol Energy Co-operative (BEC) has raised the £2 million needed to fund the purchase of a solar farm in Somerset as well as develop new projects in and around the city. The bond offer was launched at the start of March and will be used to pay for the 4.6MW Puriton solar farm, the construction of a new solar park near Lawrence Weston, Bristol and to install solar panels on 19 community buildings across Bristol.
Solar Portal 1st April 2016 http://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/news/bec_celebrates_reaching_community_funding_milestone