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The solar cycle lane is here!

The solar cycle lane is here!

 Nov, 20 - 2014   Green IssuesRenewable Energy

Solar PV hits the road!   It seems getting on your bike could be more than just good for your health. A public solar photovoltaic cycle lane has opened in the Netherlands as part of a pilot scheme that could generate enough electricity to power two or three average households...


Solar firms lose out in high court ruling

 Nov, 17 - 2014   Green Issues

Four UK solar power firms are considering an appeal after losing a High Court battle to stop the government ending Renewables Obligation (RO) solar farm subsidy scheme.   Their claim of ‘an unlawful change of policy’ was thrown out of court following their application for a judicial review after the...


Ofgem reports on first 1000 domestic RHI applicants

 Jul, 21 - 2014   Green IssuesRenewable Energy

In a short report, Ofgem has published a ‘stats teaser’ on the first 1000 accreditations under the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The report states that in the first seven weeks of opening, 1000 installations were accredited on the scheme and the participants are now set to receive seven years...


STA calls for revised solar power predicitions

 Jul, 21 - 2014   Green IssuesRenewable Energy

The National Grid has been told its predictions for solar power in the coming future need to be revised as failure to do so will risk undermining the sector’s progress. The Solar Trade Association (STA) claims that the operator’s estimates for solar do not reflect reality and that these need...


Financial returns for solar heating

 Jun, 02 - 2014   Green IssuesRenewable Energy

Stuart Elmes, from Viridian Solar and a representative of the Solar Trade Association, wrote a blog for the Solar Power Portal explaining the financial returns of social heating under the RHI compared with solar photovoltaics and FiTs. Here’s an overview: Stuart calculates that returns for solar heating can be as much as...


Air Source Heat Pumps join the Non-domestic RHI

 Jun, 11 - 2014   Green IssuesRenewable Energy

New changes to the government’s non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will see air-to-water heat pumps finally included in the scheme, as well as a tariff increase for solar thermal technology, and a split tariff increase for ground source heat pumps. Tariffs as follows: Air-to-water heat pumps -  2.5p/kWh Solar thermal...


The Queen backing out on green?

 Jun, 17 - 2014   Green IssuesRenewable Energy

The 2014 Queen’s Speech has been criticised by the renewables sector as containing the “worst row-backs on green policy”, damaging a former pledge that all new homes will need to be carbon zero by 2016. Government plans include “the creation of an allowable solutions scheme to enable all new homes...


Government boosts Green Deal incentive scheme

 May, 12 - 2014   Green IssuesRenewable Energy

Households can now claim up to £7,600 in Green Deal cash thanks to a much needed boost to the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme. This latest measure is designed to refresh the scheme and kicks in from early June. Under the new improvements, domestic energy customers can get: Up to...


Domestic RHI is launched!

 Apr, 09 - 2014   Green IssuesRenewable Energy

After much anticipation, the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been launched today (9th April 2014), offering homeowners payments to offset the cost of installing solar thermal, heat pump and biomass technologies. Applications are open now, so installers looking to help their customers take advantage of the domestic RHI can...


Changes to MCS – are you competent?

 Feb, 28 - 2014   Green IssuesRenewable Energy

MCS registered installers should be aware that the rules have tightened up, bringing this competent persons’ scheme more in-line with the likes of the Gas Safe Register. From April, all companies wishing to obtain their MCS certification must meet a range of new competencies. Examples include the fact that solar thermal...


More Green Deal cash back

 Feb, 28 - 2014   Green IssuesRenewable Energy

Cash back for homeowners benefitting from the Green Deal has increased for some Green Deal measures; such as double glazing, solid wall insulation and ‘room in roof’ insulation (for those who have loft conversions). Green Deal cash back increases: •Up to £4,000 is now available for solid wall insulation, up...


RHI Training Voucher scheme extended

 Feb, 12 - 2014   Green IssuesRenewable Energy

The RHI Training Support Voucher scheme has been extended, with an additional £150,000 added to the £500,000 pot. The scheme, which offers £500 or 75% off the cost of training in solar thermal, heat pump and biomass training, plus an apprenticeship initiative, has been subject to high demand. Based on the early indications of interest...


RHI Training Vouchers – courses available now!

 Feb, 06 - 2014   Green IssuesRenewable Energy

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Training Support Vouchers are now available, redeem yours at Logic4training for heat pump and solar thermal training. We deliver the Logic Certification versions of these courses - currently the only qualifications recognised by the scheme. How to apply: Visit www.rhitraining.co.uk, click on the ‘Voucher Application’ tab and at the bottom...


Condensing biomass boilers get RHI boost!

 Nov, 20 - 2013   Green IssuesRenewable Energy

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced that condensing biomass boilers will qualify for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), when the scheme is launched in spring 2014, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria. Condensing biomass boilers previously had come under the spotlight amid fears that certain...