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.
Virtu, the name given to a new a hybrid solar panel that simultaneously heats water and generates electricity.
The new technology integrates an electricity-generating PVC cell into a hot-water-generating solar thermal panel. Through combining the two technologies, the industry is now able to address one of the problems facing PVC cells :
Last week, Discover Solar team decided to visit 2012 Ecobuild exhibition, which ran from Tuesday to Thursday at the ExCel Centre in London, and know more about what’s next in the UK solar industry.
We took the opportunity to meet lots of people and companies, and talk with them about our thoughts on how and where UK solar market is headed in this next 2012. To those who couldn’t be there, here you have some of which, in our opinion, were the most important novelties:
Gemasolar is the first commercial-scale plant in the world to apply central tower receiver and molten salt heat storage technology. This unique thermosolar power station stands out in Fuentes de Andalucia, in southern Spain, and it’s up and running since last May 2011.
From the road between Seville and Cordoba, one can see its central tower lit up like a beacon by 2,600 solar mirrors, each 120 square metres (28,500 square feet), that surround it in an immense 195-hectare circle. The relevance of this plant, which investment cost exceeds 200 million euros, lies in its technological uniqueness, since it opens up the way for new thermosolar electrical generation technology. With 2,650 heliostats on 185 hectares and a heat storage system which permits electrical generation for up to 15 hours without any solar feed, Gemasolar power station is expected to produce around 110 GWh per year.
“The U.S. solar energy industry installed a record 1,855 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic (PV) capacity in 2011, more than doubling the previous annual record of 887 MW set in 2010, according to the latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report. The record amount of solar installations is enough to power more than 370,000 homes, and represents a 109 percent growth rate in 2011. It is the first time the U.S. solar market has topped one gigawatt (1,000 MW) in a single year “, says SEIA. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association have estimated that the U.S. solar market is valued in more than $8.4 billion in 2011.
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.
There are three main forerunners in the type of Solar Panel market, Polycrystalline, Monocrystalline and Amorphous. Each have their differences, and subsequently their pros and cons. We talk extensively about the pros and cons of Monocrystalline Solar Panels – here.
There are two main industry common solar panel types, Polycrystalline and Monocrystalline, both are PV (photovoltaic) solar modules however the structure of the silicon used within each is different. Monocrystalline silicon is formed with a continuous crystal lattice structure making it highly purified and very efficient at converting solar energy into electrical energy. The process of manufacturing silicon with a singular crystal structure makes it slightly more expensive than Polycrystalline silicon which is formed with many small crystals.