Facebook Carbon Footprint Revealed!

by Sara Pernas

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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Weekly Solar PV Installations (ending 29th July 2012)

by Sara Pernas

Followed by the great results of last week solar pv installations, this week figures were even better! Still awaiting updates1 from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the first results published reveal that nothing more and nothing less than 9,390 solar photovoltaic installations were done in the UK during these last seven days! Read the rest of this entry »

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

by Sara Pernas
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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.  Read More »

BBC’s Top Gear Studios, More Brilliant Than Ever!

by Sara Pernas
BBC's Top Gear studios, powered by the Sun!

BBC's Top Gear studios, powered by the Sun!

The aerodrome at Dunsfold Park, more known as the home of BBC’s Top Gear test track and studios, made history last 28th of June, becoming one of the nation’s only business parks to be powered entirely on ‘green energy’. Read the rest of this entry »

EU ProSun to Protect European Solar PV

by Sara Pernas

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Renewable Energies return to the Road!

by Sara Pernas

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“. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Solar PV Installations (ending 22nd July 2012)

by Sara Pernas

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Renewables Generation More Than Doubles its Generation in Just One Year

by Sara Pernas

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Solar PV Installations (ending 15th July 2012)

by Sara Pernas

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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