Archive for the ‘Renewables’ Category

Weekly Solar PV Installations (ending 2nd September 2012)

One more week, the Department of Energy and Climate Change publishes the weekly photovoltaic installations figures, revealing that the initial1 installation results for the week ending 2nd September 2012 are 813 installations in that week compared to 759 for the week ending 26th August 2012.  The total number of installations on the MCS is now 369,131, and the total capacity installed increased by 2.7 MW, to stand at 1.3GW right now. (more…)

Solar Energy Succeeds… Even in the Toilet!

A solar-powered toilet that generates hydrogen and electricity designed by California Institute of Technology in the United States won the first prize in Reinvent the Toilet, a competition for next-generation toilets to improve sanitation in the developing world, carried out by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Weekly Solar PV Installations (ending 19th August 2012)

One more week, the Department of Energy and Climate Change publishes the weekly photovoltaic installations figures, revealing some discouraging but expected data.

This last week ending 19th of August 2012, the number of solar photovoltaic installations has drop down again, with only 490 installations done in all the UK during these last 7 days1. (more…)

UK Residents Are Not Aware of the Benefits of Solar Energy

An online survey conducted by The Eco Experts revealed some interesting data about the relationship between the Britons and solar energy. There you go some facts!

Rising Energy Prices – Everyone’s problem

The survey reveals even the richest households in the UK are worried about the rising energy prices. Around 2/3rds of the surveyed say a sudden 30% increase in their energy bills couldn’t be afforded, and even among households earning more than £75,000 a year, 1/3rd claim they could not afford the increase. (more…)

What’s The Future of the Energy?

Around 85% of the energy consumed comes from fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas), and this demand is expected to increase 2% per year. Burning these materials produce large amounts of CO2 that are being to the atmosphere, damaging the environment and leading the way to climate change.

In this video from the University of Cambridge, a group of experts talk about the energy demand and consumption, and examine how wind power, carbon capture storage (CSS) and material efficiency are examples of reducing or capturing CO2 emissions and guarantee a safe and efficient future for the planet.

Via Cambridge Ideas – The future of energy? – University of Cambridge

And the winner is… Sainsbury’s!

Last week, Sainsbury’s announced the completion of a 69,500 solar panels installation on almost 170 of its 572 supermarkets in all the UK. The company says the panels, if combined all together, would cover 24 football pitches, and also claims the tittle of the biggest solar power generator in Europe, as, collectively, the panels would become the biggest solar array in all the continent.

Justin King, chief executive of  Sainsbury’s, urged other retailers to “take another look” at investing in solar energy. “Supermarkets have the equivalent of football fields on their roofs, many of them underutilised,” he added. “It’s a perfect time to turn that space into something positive.

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Facebook Carbon Footprint Revealed!

In a move toward greater transparency and following in Apple and Google’s footsteps, Facebook has revealed for first time its carbon footprint during 2011.

Facebook’s Carbon & Energy Impact Report provides details about the company’s carbon footprint, energy mix, and energy use for all of its offices and data centers. The apparently non-stop growth of the company will have an impact on its carbon footprint, so the company has also outlined its clean energy commitments, setting a goal to acquire at least 25% of its energy from clean and renewable sources by 2015, in order to maximise efficiency and align the business decisions with the environment. As reported, the company will include renewable energy component to every new data center it builds, mentioning its solar pv installation at Prineville data center as an example of next projects.

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New 16p Feed-in Tariffs – Solar PV in the UK

The UK Government has introduced today the New Feed-in Tariffs scheme. From 1st of August on, residential tariffs for homes which have a Level D Energy Performance Certificate or above, will drop down from 21p per kWh to 16p, and the payment time will decrease 5 years, standing at 20 instead of 25. On the flip side, the Export Tariff will increase to 4.5p/kWh. The total benefit estimated now for a homeowner installing solar panels on or after 1st August is £866 in Year 1.  (more…)