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The solar cycle lane is here!

The solar cycle lane is here!

 Nov, 20 - 2014   Green Issues

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...


Solar Energy – It’s time to invest in the future

 Oct, 03 - 2014   Green Issues

Solar Energy is the future. A new petition has been set up to stop the government holding back large-scale solar power generated compared to other technologies. Jonny Lawrence explains why solar energy resonates with him and why you should sign the petition.   I am an 80’s child. I grew...


STA calls for revised solar power predicitions

 Jul, 21 - 2014   Green Issues

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...


The Queen backing out on green?

 Jun, 17 - 2014   Green Issues

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 Issues

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...


Changes to MCS – are you competent?

 Feb, 28 - 2014   Green Issues

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 Issues

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...


Logic4training partners Gas Safe Register at the Energy Efficiency Show 2013!

 Sep, 09 - 2013   Green Issues

This autumn sees the return of the regional Energy Efficiency Shows, (incorporating the Renewables Roadshow); an exhibition designed to bring trade professionals up to speed with all things ‘green’. Logic4training is exhibiting at the South-East show, which takes place on 24th September, alongside Gas Safe Register, helping to drive home...


Smart delays for smart meters?

 May, 23 - 2013   Green Issues

The roll-out of smart meters in 30 million UK homes has been postponed by more than a year. A recent Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announcement claims the £11.7bn project will now commence in 2015 to enable the industry more time to design, build and test the communications...


Solar Trade Association update

 Apr, 25 - 2013   Green Issues

The Solar Trade Association is constantly striving to improve the solar sector, for consumers and installers. Here’s an update of the bodies latest activity: DECC Consultation on Domestic RHI In the run up to the September 2012 consultation, STA formed a contact group for RHI and this group was involved in...


#Tweetforheat

 Apr, 25 - 2013   Green Issues

The Solar Trade Association is campaigning for the launch of a meaningful Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), one which will encourage end-users to take advantage, while boosting business for renewable installers, particularly solar thermal ones. This Friday (26th April) the Solar Trade Association needs you to #TweetforHeat Stuart Elmes Chair of the...


New DEA course – on the road to the Green Deal

 Nov, 13 - 2012   Green Issues

Already a Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA)? Are you looking to further your career? You should consider up-skilling to become a Green Deal Assessor (GDA). There are huge employment opportunities presented by the launch of the Green Deal and it is not too late to tap into this new marketplace. Logic4training...


Green Deal Cashback scheme announced

 Oct, 23 - 2012   Green Issues

Further details about the long awaited Green Deal scheme have been announced, providing a business opportunity for building services engineers with the right skills. From January 28th homeowners in England and Wales can claim for Cashback on energy saving improvements like insulation, front doors, windows and boilers. Packages could be...


Green Deal £7 million cash boost

 Aug, 17 - 2012   Green Issues

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced it has earmarked  million for The Green Deal Finance Company (TGDFC), which will allow the TGDFC to continue developing its offer of low-cost finance, expected to be available in early 2013. Under the scheme, consumers are can repay the upfront...


Second phase of the RHPP announced

 Mar, 29 - 2012   Green Issues

A second phase of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme has been launched, starting from April 2nd and worth £10m more than the existing scheme. The new money will help the RHPP go further including an £8m competition to encourage community groups to install renewable heating and £10m for...


Replacement boilers drives demand for Green Deal

 Feb, 03 - 2012   Green Issues

New building regulations have been put-forward this week that will drive demand for the Green Deal. Announced by Communities Minister, Andrew Stunell, under the proposals, from October this year, existing homes that undertake works such as new extensions could be required to invest in energy efficiency improvements – financed through...


FiTs uncertainty continues

 Jan, 17 - 2012   Green Issues

Last year, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) appealed against the High Court’s decision that the Government’s plans to cut Feed in Tariffs (FiTs) were unlawful. On Friday (13 January), Judges at the Court of Appeal indicated that a decision by the end of this week was “rather optimistic”, but...


Green Deal details announced

 Nov, 25 - 2011   Green Issues

Yesterday (24 November) UK Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne, published the consultation for the much anticipated Green Deal. The programme will launch next October with £14 billion of private sector investment promised over the next decade, including a new requirement on energy companies to provide £1.3 billion a year to help...


FiTs lobby on parliament, 22nd November

 Nov, 18 - 2011   Green Issues

The potential changes to the Feed in Tariff (FiTs) scheme have caused ripples within the building services industry. As part of the ‘Cut Don’t Kill’ campaign, the Solar Trade Association (STA), along with others in the sector, is taking a stand with a mass lobby on Government on November 22nd....