Archive for June, 2012

Weekly Solar PV Installations (ending 3rd June 2012)

A new update in the number of solar PV installations of the week ending 3rd June 2012 all over the UK has just been published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), revealing some good news for the solar market: last week numbers show solar installations have increased around a 35% in comparison to the solar PV installations of the first weeks of Aprilwhen the 21p Feed-in Tariffs started -, and around a 20% in comparison to the beginning of May. This week’s figures are still lower than the last ones, but are expected to be the same as last week’s or even higher, as these results are still provisional1.


8 weeks left to receive the 21p Feed-in Tariff

Less than 8 weeks is the time homeowners have to install solar panels under the 21p Feed-in Tariff scheme. After that, from 1st August 2012, the new 16p Feed-in Tariff announced by the Government will start, and solar PV installations returns will change.

In April 2012, the UK Government introduced the 21p FIT. This new scheme kept everything as it was, with the exception of the Feed-in Tariff, which dropped from 43.3p to 21p per kWh. To receive these FITs now, you are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) showing that your property has an EPC band D (for a system under 4kWp). In case your house doesn’t reach EPC band D, you will receive a lower tariff of 9p/kWh. (more…)

Solar Impulse lands in Morocco

Solar Impulse, the experimental sun-powered airplane that departed from Swiss two weeks ago, has just arrived in Morocco, successfully completing the first intercontinental flight in a solar powered-plane. Piloted by Andre Borschberg, Solar Impulse holds now the record for the longest flight by a manned solar-powered airplane after staying aloft for 26 hours, 10 minutes and 19 seconds above Switzerland, and also a record for altitude by flying at 9,235 metres.


Sunshine Greetings

To celebrate the 60th year of Queen Elizabeth II in the British throne, and in honor of her Service, Kikkerland Design Inc. has launched the Limited Solar Queen Jubilee Edition. Designed by Chris Collicott, the Solar Queen Jubilee Edition waves when her handbag is activated by sunlight: thanks to a solar panel, when the gift is placed in direct sunlight performs the signature Royal wave just like her majesty’s does in real life. This commemorative gadget is just one of some the company has made, none of them as elegant as this one: the toy is dressed in a lilac dress with crown and ‘diamond’ broach. (more…)

Germany generates the 40% of its electricity needs in one day

Last weekend, and due to an early summer day, Germany solar power plants generated around 22GW during the midday hours of Friday May 25 and Saturday May 26, producing, only on Saturday, a 40% of the total power demand in the country. These numbers, which equal almost half of national electricity demand, and are equivalent to the power output of twenty nuclear power plants, have set up another new world record for solar power.