Archive for April, 2012

Weekly Solar PV Installations (16 – 22th April 2012)

As every week, the Department of Energy and Climate Change publishes the weekly statistics of solar PV installations all over the UK. Around 50 installations more than the week ending 15th April took place, which means that, right now, there are a total of 312,537 solar PV installations in the UK . As a result, these solar panels installations are producing more than 1 GW of energy (1,067,903 kW), that equals that when operating at peak performance, these panels could be powering up to 220,550 homes1. (more…)

2012 London Olympics, “the greenest, ever”

“The first sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games” is the promise of 2012 London Games, which are going to take place in less than 100 days. In such an important and significant year as 2012 is for all the world – Kyoto Protocol is set to expire -, the UK has realised how important it is to achieve sustainability commitments in the next Olympic Games.

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Solar Panels Help Power Revamped King’s Cross Station

Solar panel on the roof of King's Cross Train Shed

A massive £1.3m project to fit a 240 kilowatt solar system to the roof of King’s Cross station is nearing completion.

The station’s new roof captured imaginations when it opened last week and impressed many that saw it. Now the process of installing solar panels along two new curved glass roofs soaring high above the platforms and concourses is in many ways just as spectacular.

The solar PV cells are set into 1392 glass laminate units that form part of the 2,300 square metre glass roofing structure.

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How the UK Feed In Tariffs Work – Video

How Feed in Tariffs from 1st of April work? How householders benefit and how much are they going to earn with new FITs now? What does a house need for receiving 21p per kWh?

With the last changes in solar taxes, Explanimation has decided to create a video explaining how new Feed in Tariffs work, and also how much home owners could save annually thanks to solar panels and new taxes. Watch this video if you still have questions about new Feed in Tariffs, you’ll find it interesting and quite easy to understand.

 


 

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Chicken Farmer Installs a £1.2 Million Pound Solar Panel System

One of the largest solar projects in the UK has been installed on a chicken farm in the Midlands, at a cost £1.2m.

Over 2,300 solar panels were installed on the roof of two massive building belonging to poultry farmer Edward Davies during the project, which stretched a distance of 210metres in total.

The plan includes a one hundred and fifty metre long ground array of 1,200 panels installed on the farm also.

Andy Boroughs, managing director of Organic Energy, who managed the project, said that it was one of the biggest of its kind anywhere in the UK.

“The Ludlow site is the single biggest installation ever created in Shropshire and we believe the Powys array is probably the largest in Mid Wales too,” he said.

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Island of Wight trusts in renewables

The Island of Wight is well known as a place to go on Holidays or even to their famous festival but… did you know they’re carrying out some really green and interesting projects?

First of all, Ecoisland, a project launched by David Green, which main objective is bring pioneering alternative fuel technology to the Island of Wight. The idea is using the isle as a pilot project area for electric and hydrogen powered vehicles. (more…)

UK’s Top 20 Greenest Cities Revealed

Newcastle Conquers All

Newcastle has been crowned the UK’s greenest city, beating off competition from Brighton, Bristol and even London. The annual survey undertaken by Forum for the Future named Newcastle at the top of its Greenest UK Cities list for a second year in a row.

The city’s willingness to accept green technology has seen it rapidly become a vibrant eco hub benefitting greatly from the blossoming green economy. (more…)