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…)
SMA Solar Technology AG, a global leader in the development, production and sales of photovoltaic inverters, presented this week a new video to tell the world how solar energy can benefit the worldwide energy supply. (more…)
The Green Deal is a new environmental policy included in the Energy Act 2011 and also in the the Climate Change Programme – launched in November 2000 -, the UK Government is going to introduce in October 2012 – although its conceded it will not get into full swing until 2013 -.
Around a 25% of the UK’s carbon emissions comes from the energy used in homes and a similar amount comes from businesses, industry and workplaces. The target of the Green Deal is to make those emissions to decrease by 2050. This innovative measure aims to reduce carbon emissions cost effectively by improving the energy efficiency of British properties, encouraging UK residents to consume less energy, and, as a consequence, waste less money.
The idea of the Green Deal is that improvements will be financed through loans attached to the energy bills of the improved properties. The loans would come with the promise that consumers would save money on their electricity bills, including repayments, so the costs of the loan repayments would be lower than the savings from the upgrades, but this will be a guideline and not legally enforceable guarantee. (more…)
Solar PV, one of the best investments in the current days
Given the bad results solar photovoltaic installations have had since the new Feed-in Tariffs started, all four major trade associations representing domestic solar photovoltaics in the UK have decided to push the message that thanks to drastically falling component prices, solar PV seems to be one of the best investments in the current days. According to what they say, the reason for this decrease in the number of installations is likely to be public confusion. They defend that solar photovoltaic help consumers to make savings on their energy bills, to generate an income, and also to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and strengthens energy security. (more…)
As every week, the Department of Energy and Climate Change publishes the weekly statistics of solar PV installations all over the UK. Around 50 installations more than the week ending 15th April took place, which means that, right now, there are a total of 312,537 solar PV installations in the UK . As a result, these solar panels installations are producing more than 1 GW of energy (1,067,903 kW), that equals that when operating at peak performance, these panels could be powering up to 220,550 homes1. (more…)
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…)
So you have read the hype, heard the offers on the radio and seen the adverts on the TV of companies offering free Solar Panels. You may be thinking to yourself…free solar panels, why not? The simple answer is don’t!
As the old saying goes “if something is too good to be true…it probably is…”
Reasons not to get involved in “Free Solar Panel” offers
Are the Solar Panels really free? Yes they are! Companies are offering to pay you to have Solar Panels fitted on your roof which in turn enables them to reap the rewards of the governments Feed-in Tariff rather than you.
By agreeing to a free solar panel scheme you will find it difficult to sell your home in the future as another company contractually owns your roof for a minimum of 25 years.
The companies offering this sort of deal will tell you that you can save money on your electricity bill. This is only true if you are at home a majority of the time during the day as electricity produced this way cannot be stored and is therefore fed back into the grid making yet more money for the company who installed the Solar Panels.
If you are thinking about getting Solar Panels installed on your roof make the investment yourself and receive the feed in tariff rewards yourself.
If you are thinking about getting Solar Panels fitted to your roof you are probably feeling a little bit skeptical about the amount of electricity your renewable energy system will produce.
Solar Panel installations are still relatively new and therefore only a selection of the data available is fact, the rest is estimates. Although we cannot change this we can improve the chances of gaining maximum electricity from our Solar PV System.
Tips to getting the most out of your Solar Panels
Position the Solar Panels as close to South as possible
Ensure the panels are tilted corrected, 30 – 40 degrees is recommended in the UK
Position the panels in a place which is free from shading (over hanging trees etc)
Only use MCS approved solar panels
Use higher grade cells as this produces solar panels with high efficiencies which generate more electricity
Wipe down panels once a year to remove any tough debris
If all of the above points are followed you will maximise the chances of gaining maximum electricity from your system over a prolonged period of time.