Archive for the ‘UK FIT’ Category

New feed-in-tariffs regulations from 1st April 2012

It’s a fact: the new feed-in tariff will take effect from April 1, 2012. Next Sunday, the feed-in tariff rates for photovoltaic systems with a total installed capacity of 250 kW or less will fall, while a lower multi-installation tariff is introduced by the Government.

According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change website, that “multi-installation tariff applies to PV installations where the generator or nominated recipient for FITs already owns or receives FIT payments for more than 25 PV installations on different sites. Such installations will receive a tariff set at 80% of the level of the standard tariff.(more…)

Virtu, a solar panel that heats water and generates electricity

Revolutionary

Virtu: The Energy Efficient Solar Panel

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 :

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A quick view of Ecobuild 2012

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:

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Waxman Group launches an academy for solar installers in Elland, West Yorkshire.

The Waxman Group has invested over £100k in a new training academy that will offer a selection of courses designed for solar PV, solar thermal, water regulations, heat pump installation, unvented hot water, biomass and working from heights.

Waxman Training Academy, located at the company’s head office, features a lecture theatre-style classroom with audio visual projection facilities, a trouble-shooting test room and a scaffolding rig, mounted to multiple roofs on a house shell. (more…)

Gemasolar, a Solar Power Station that runs during the night

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.

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Wadebridge, in Cornwall, is the Britain’s first solar powered town

Producing the 30% of the electricity from renewable resources by 2015, retaining the benefits locally and build a town model for other cities are the three main challenges of Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN). This social enterprise from Wadebridge and surroundings is carried out by volunteers with different professional backgrounds that decided to encourage their neighbors to establish a low carbon and renewable resources powered community, to be the first solar powered town in UK and also become a role model to other areas.

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Unique Solar Roof Tile Launched

The New Solar Roof tile for UK Homes

Designed To Integrate with Existing Roof Tiles

Solarcentury has launched a new solar electric roof tile that has been designed to fit alongside plain roof tiles.
The solar tile is suitable and can be fitted alongside normal roof tiles from all manufacturers. The huge demand for solar panels has led to the development of integrating solar panels with original roof tiles.

The Feed-in tariff has boosted demand for solar significantly, and that is set to continue as energy prices rise. Many solar installers and roofing contractors have started to adopt this new tile, due to its design flexibility and integration with existing roofing structures.

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Foresight Group invests in solar energy again

Solar Parks are in vogue. Element Solar Power, with a London based office, announced last Monday the completion of a successful sale of two photovoltaic solar panels parks with a combined capacity of 6MW to funds managed by alternative asset manager Foresight Group (Foresight), which have already invested in more than £300 million of operating photovoltaic assets in the UK, Italy and Spain.

The solar projects, Puriton West (4MW) and Summerway Drove (1.8MW), were developed by Element Power Solar in partnership with Dublin-based BNRG Renewables. The projects were constructed and commissioned during 2011 under the U.K. Government’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) legislation designed to encourage construction of low carbon electricity generation from renewable energy technologies, and are both fully operational generating electricity at pre August 2011 Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates.

 

Puriton West Photovoltaic Project - Via pv-magazine.com

Puriton West Photovoltaic Project - Via pv-magazine.com

 

Via SFGate and PV Magazine.

 

Blackshaws Garage reduces its carbon footprint

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.

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