Archive for July, 2012

EU ProSun to Protect European Solar PV

A group of more than 20 European companies representing the majority of EU solar PV production launched yesterday a new platform to complain of unfair Chinese practices in the solar market.

EU ProSun is a new Sustainable Solar Energy Initiative to maintain a sustainable and vibrant solar manufacturing base in Europe that aims to call on the European Commission in order to investigate unfair trade practices by Chinese manufacturers. (more…)

Renewable Energies return to the Road!

The award-winning Renewables Roadshow will be back again this next Autumn with dozens of demonstrations and scores of seminars enabling business to keep up to date in one single day!

This year’s exhibitions will include seven educational theatres on domestic retrofit and commercial projects, Green Deal, training, MCS, solar and water efficiency, as well as exhibitions of air source and biomass, controls and energy management, grey water recycling, micro CHP, mechanical ventilation heat recovery (MVHR), solar PV and solar thermal, insulation and low energy lighting among other technologies. Dan Caesar, Managing Director at the Renewables Roadshow said: “We have listened to last year’s visitors and we are infusing our exhibitions with everything they need to know“. (more…)

Weekly Solar PV Installations (ending 22nd July 2012)

With more than 6,000 solar PV installations, this last week solar figures have overcome the expectations in the UK. Still awaiting updates1, the Department of Energy and Climate Change published today the new Weekly Solar PV Installations and Capacity document, revealing great results for this week ending 22nd July. (more…)

Renewables Generation More Than Doubles its Generation in Just One Year

Great news coming directly from the South West of England: a report published by Regen SW last Wednesday reveals renewable generation capacity in this region of the UK has more than doubled in comparison to the last year, increasing from 217MW in 2010/11 to 525MW in 2011/12.

Although really good figures showed up for all the renewable energies generation, the growth is dominated by solar photovoltaic. The number of projects has increased from 7,500 in the last year to almost 55,000 in 2011/2012. This has raised the installed capacity to 188 MW from small and medium scale solar PV installations, and at least 75 MW from stand-alone solar farms. Solar thermal also accounts for 8.9 MW of renewable heat capacity in the southwest, from just over 3,000 projects. (more…)

Weekly Solar PV Installations (ending 15th July 2012)

With only two exact weeks left to the beginning of the new Feed-in Tariffs, the UK Government has published again some good figures for the latest installations made in the UK. By the looks of it1, 4,186 people have installed solar panels this last week ending 15th July, increasing the installed capacity by 18MW. Now, the total number of installations registered on the MCS database is 350,452 up from 341,827 from the last week, and the total capacity installed stands at 1.2GB.

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Solar Energy to power 110 acres of Bordeaux varieties

Jordan Vineyard & Winery, a company founded in 1972 in Healdsburg, California, that produces world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay from Sonoma County, has just completed an installation of 454-Kilowatt solar PV array on a steep hillside behind the winery. The installation, which is expected to generate 99% of the energy consumed by the winery, as well as saving them  $4.9 million – around £3.17 million – in electricity costs over the next 30 years, consists of 1,932 solar panels 100% U.S. manufactured.

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Weekly Solar PV Installations (1st – 8th July 2012)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has published latest statistics of solar PV installations for the week ending 8th July. Given the amazing figures from last week, we don’t expect less from the next three weeks before the new Feed-in Tariff start!

Our country has seen a huge number of installations these last weeks due to the more than close change in the Feed-in Tariffs scheme. Although these first statistics have to be reviewed1, this last week 3,284 installations have been registered in the MCS database - compared to  3,434 confirmed from week ending 1st July. The total number of solar PV installations done in the UK is now 341,827 , and the total capacity installed increased by 10MW, keeping the total capacity installed at 1.17 GW right now.

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