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Renewable Energy

Condensing biomass boilers get RHI boost!

 Nov, 20 - 2013   Renewable 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...


New RHI training voucher scheme, train through Logic4training

 Oct, 25 - 2013   Renewable Energy

It is hoped that the scheme, which offers up to £500 or 75 per cent (including VAT) of the cost of training, will prove the necessary incentive for engineers looking to break-in to the ‘green’ market place, ensuring the industry is appropriately skilled to meet demand when the domestic Renewable...


Renewable courses now all QCF

 Oct, 09 - 2013   no comments   Renewable Energy

We’ve upgraded all of out installation and maintenance renewables courses to nationally recognised QCF qualifications. The Qualifications and Credit Framework is a more flexible way for candidates to learn and one that is recognised by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) – a must for installers looking to take advantage of the business...


Revised solar thermal calculations are good news for the RHI

 Oct, 03 - 2013   Renewable Energy

The revised solar thermal calculation, the basis for payment under the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), provides an uplift to renewable heat by as much as 85%. Great news for end users and solar thermal installers alike. The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) published the new calculation as part of a...


Domestic RHI: it’s here, and it’s great news!

 Aug, 19 - 2013   Renewable Energy

The government has confirmed the details of its long-awaited domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), announcing generous financial incentives for UK householders to install renewable heating systems that will turn fuel bills into an annual income stream. Open from Spring 2014, the scheme covers biomass, solar thermal, air source and ground source...


Solar Power UK Roadshows

 Jan, 03 - 2013   Renewable Energy

This February, Solar Power UK is hosting a series of roadshows designed to help solar businesses stay successful in this challenging marketplace. A series of seven, half-day events, will be taking place in locations throughout the UK, providing an accessible, educational opportunity for SME installers. If you’re a solar installer looking...


Renewable Grants now available in Essex!

 Oct, 15 - 2012   Renewable Energy

Building services employers in Essex can now grow their business with generous grants thanks to a new Essex County Council training initiative. The newly launched ‘Skills for Economic Growth’ programme offers up to £1,000 to train staff, equipping them with skills that will help a business grow. This is a...


Go green for less

 Oct, 03 - 2012   Renewable Energy

With consumers able to register for Green Deal finance from January 28th 2013 interest in renewable and energy efficient technologies is set to increase. Make sure you’re up to speed with two of the most popular technologies; solar thermal and heat pumps; by taking advantage of 20% off selected course...


The sun still shines on solar

 Aug, 17 - 2012   Renewable Energy

So, the solar market has taken yet another battering from the government with its recent reduction for the residential feed-in-tariff to 16pKw/h compared with 21p previously, plus the subsidy is now for 20 years instead of the 25 year duration formerly available. The sun is still shining for the solar...


Slump in solar photovoltaics market

 May, 17 - 2012   Renewable Energy

The Solar Trade Association (STA) says that after studying the deployment figures of solar PV, it is clear that the UK market has stalled since 1st April [2], when new energy efficiency criteria came into effect for the Feed-in Tariff (FIT). Total installed capacity for the past four weeks was 17MW [3], against...


Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for FiTs deadline looms

 Mar, 27 - 2012   Renewable Energy

As of 1st April, householders wishing to take advantage of the Feed in Tariffs (FiTs) must show that their property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of Band D or higher. For homeowners already benefitting from FiTs but whose properties have an EPC rating lower than D, after the April...


Our Solar Future Needs YOU!

 Nov, 16 - 2011   Renewable Energy

The recent announcement that a Government consultation is taking place to review, and potentially reduce, Feed-in Tariffs for solar photovoltaics (see our last Blog) is having widespread repercussions. Our Solar Future, which campaigns for solar revolution in the UK, has damned the consultation as a threat to the development of...


Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) delayed

 Oct, 03 - 2011   Renewable Energy

After much anticipation, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been delayed at the last-minute, due to concerns from the European Commission that the large biomass tariff is set too high. The length of delay is unknown, but changing the large biomass tariff will require the RHI regulations to be amended...


Renewable energy usage reaches all time high

 Sep, 29 - 2011   Renewable Energy

Renewable electricity contributed an all time high of 9.6% of the UK’s grid mix in the second quarter of the year, according to statistics revealed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change on Thursday (29 September). This represents a 50% rise on the same time last year. The surge...


Renewable Heat Premium Payment announced

 Jul, 22 - 2011   Renewable Energy

Yesterday (21st July) the Government announced details of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) – available from 1st August – which will give qualifying customers access to funding for the installation of renewable heating systems, in advance of the full RHI scheme being launched in October. The focus of the...


Renewable and energy efficiency grants

 May, 26 - 2011   Renewable Energy

If you or your customers are looking to ‘go green’ by installing renewables or taking energy efficiency measures, there are a range of grants and funding streams available. The following list is not exhaustive, however covers the main initiatives. Remember: If you’re a building services engineer wishing to take advantage...


Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Premium Payment – coming soon

 Apr, 14 - 2011   Renewable Energy

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is already available for commercial and large-scale installations, with domestic customers having to wait until October for their tariff levels to be revealed. There is an opportunity for homeowners now, however, with the RHI Premium Payment. From July, up to 25,000 households could benefit from...


Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) finally announced

 Mar, 10 - 2011   Renewable Energy

The details of the long-awaited Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) have finally been announced by Chris Huhne today (10 March) with the £860m scheme expected to increase green capital investment by 4.5 billion up to 2020, giving a definite boost to the renewable heat market. For homeowners, a full system of...


Feed in Tariffs update

 Feb, 11 - 2011   Renewable Energy

Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne, launched the comprehensive review of the Feed in Tariffs (FITs) scheme this week, following growing evidence that large scale solar farms could soak-up money intended to help homes, communities and small businesses generate their own electricity. With the government committed to saving 10% of money spent...


Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) update

 Jan, 19 - 2011   Renewable Energy

It seems that despite the Government’s promises, the final documentation on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will be held-back until at least February. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has taken all the decisions within its power, but the documents are being delayed for approval by other parties...