Archive for March, 2012

Foresight Group invests in solar energy again

Solar Parks are in vogue. Element Solar Power, with a London based office, announced last Monday the completion of a successful sale of two photovoltaic solar panels parks with a combined capacity of 6MW to funds managed by alternative asset manager Foresight Group (Foresight), which have already invested in more than £300 million of operating photovoltaic assets in the UK, Italy and Spain.

The solar projects, Puriton West (4MW) and Summerway Drove (1.8MW), were developed by Element Power Solar in partnership with Dublin-based BNRG Renewables. The projects were constructed and commissioned during 2011 under the U.K. Government’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) legislation designed to encourage construction of low carbon electricity generation from renewable energy technologies, and are both fully operational generating electricity at pre August 2011 Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates.

 

Puriton West Photovoltaic Project - Via pv-magazine.com

Puriton West Photovoltaic Project - Via pv-magazine.com

 

Via SFGate and PV Magazine.

 

Green competitions for a better planet

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon organizes a competition every two years for challenging collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of this competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. These teams spend almost those two years building a house to compete in the 10 contests of the Solar Decathlon (Architecture, Market Appeal, Engineering, Communications, Affordability, Comfort Zone, Hot Water, Appliances, Home Entertainment and Energy Balance).

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Blackshaws Garage reduces its carbon footprint

A significant reduction of their carbon footprint, the generation of an income through the feed in tariff and savings on electricity bills – which had reached £30,000 last year – were the three main reasons that made David Blackshaw – Blackshaws Garage‘s Managing Director – decide to invest in solar energy and install photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of his company, which has been working in Alnwick since 1919.

It is estimated that this solar panels installation will help the family-owned garage to save about £2,500 on electricity bills this year, and also will reduce their carbon footprint, stopping emissions by about 12 tonnes in the process. In adittion, Blackshaw Garage will see an average annual return on investment of 22.5 percent.

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500 Solar Panels Fitted Free to Council Houses

From left, Cllrs Val Barrell and Mark Howell, site manager Steve Hall and Glenda Street, residents’ liaison officer

Lean GREEN Light Saving Machine

The installation of 500 free solar panels on council homes in South Cambridgeshire has begun & all this at at no cost to the occupants.

The roof based solar panels are being paid for and fitted by Savills Solar next month, with electricity generated during the day available free to residents and the surplus electricity being sold to energy providers to finance the project.

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Each household taking part should save at least £150 a year on their fuel bills, as well as cutting their carbon footprint.

Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire’s District Council’s member for housing, was present as the first panels were fitted.

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Grays Shopping Centre becomes solar

Grays Shopping Centre, in Essex, has definitely done its bit for the society and also for the environment. A 200 solar panels project was installed last week, covering a space of 15,000 sq ft on the roof of the building. When operating, the solar array will produce around 45,000 kWh’s per year, saving about 600 tonnes of CO2 during the life of the project.

 

Grays Shopping Center Solar Panels Installation

Grays Shopping Center Solar Panels Installation


 
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Feed In Tariff Requires Energy Performance Certificate @ Level D or Above


Get Your Certificates Ready

From April 1st 2012 all households that wish to install any kind of solar PV system will need to ensure that their houses are properly insulated and meet level D of the EPC certificate to receive their Feed in Tariff (FIT)

The new requirement will apply to any building, connected to a solar PV system, whether that be a domestic or commercial property. Any building must still be covered by an EPC Level D even if it is not heated at all. The new requirements covers systems of less than 50 kW of energy produced. Financial assistance required in order to meet the new level will also be available through the government’s Green Deal scheme.

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Complete Clarity

The Government Department for Energy & Climate Change have made it absolutely clear that there is no negotiation and all householders must hold a certificate at level D or above. A statement released from the department stated that:
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