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Calls for the conservatives to uphold their green promises

Calls for the conservatives to uphold their green promises

 May, 12 - 2015   Green Issues

The votes are in and have been counted – the Conservatives have succeeded by a slim majority to land a second term in office.   Following the announcement, David Cameron has promised to lead a government for ‘one nation’ and make ‘Great Britain greater’, claiming that he was on the...


Green policies explained ahead of the UK election

 Apr, 29 - 2015   Green Issues

It’s not long now until we will be casting our vote for the UK’s next government. All parties have been bombarding us for what seems like months, professing their ‘greatest’ manifestos yet, but, aside from their thoughts on immigration and saving the NHS, what are their green policies and hopes...


RHI figures hit 25,000 accreditations!

 Mar, 25 - 2015   Green Issues

According to the Department of Energy and climate Change (DECC), some 25,000 homes have signed up to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), presenting a great business opportunity for suitably trained installers.   Amber Rudd MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Climate Change, explained: “It’s very encouraging that in only...


Green Deal Home improvement fund updated

 Mar, 11 - 2015   Green Issues

The government are set for the third release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund on the 16th March 2015. Releases one and two have already helped thousands with energy saving home improvements and the new release is set to be just as popular. Installers will be in demand for...


Green Deal Home Improvement Fund extended

 Feb, 13 - 2015   Green Issues

The green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been extended.   The expiry date of vouchers from the first round of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) have been extended until the 31st March, allowing more time for millions of pounds worth of installations to be carried out.   The one-off...


Free electricity could be just around the corner

 Feb, 16 - 2015   Green Issues

“Free electricity” could be just around the corner. Thanks to the increasing role of solar photovoltaics and other renewables, electricity could soon be free, or at least ‘too cheap to meter’, meaning how we pay for power will have to be rethought in the future.   As we move away...


New ErP Directive is on the way

 Jan, 13 - 2015   Green Issues

The new Energy-related Product ErP directive from the EU will come into force as of the 26th September 2015. Energy related products (the use of which has an impact on energy consumption) account for a large proportion of the energy consumption in the EU. This includes Energy-using products (EUPs), which...


Green fund re-launch sees £24m spent in 24 hours

 Jan, 07 - 2015   Green Issues

Green fund re-launch sees £24m spent in 24 hours, despite IT teething problems on the morning of the launch. Just one day into round two of the green deal home improvement fund (GDHIF) the £24 million pot allocated for solid wall insulation was all used up! The latest phase of...


Solar power will beat Gas by 2018

 Dec, 23 - 2014   Green Issues

Britain’s Solar power will be cheaper than gas by 2018, that’s according to new analysis from the Solar Trade Association (STA).   The STA says that as long as the government provides stable policy support (something that has certainly been an issue in the past), it will be cheaper to...


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...