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Everything you need to know about the Energy Performance Certificate

If you’ve enquired for solar panels before, or are looking for more information before investing you might have heard (or be tired of hearing) about the Energy Performance Certificate. So what is it? And more importantly, why is it necessary? An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) simply put measures how efficient a property is. They have always been compulsory for people who were looking to rent or buy a property, much to the dismay of estate agents who probably just saw it as an extra bit of paperwork. However, it does make sense to get an EPC, especially with the forever […]

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How did the solar eclipse affect solar power?

Following up from yesterday, the much anticipated solar eclipse was certainly a sight to behold. With much talk about how solar energy would be affected by the phenomena, here’s exactly what happened. Millions across America gazed into the sky to watch the rare total eclipse. As you can probably imagine, it’s a surreal sight to see your surroundings plunge into darkness for just a couple minutes, whilst the moon blocks the sun. The eclipse also proved to be a test to the electric grid which is becoming increasingly more reliant on solar power. This proved to be an invaluable test […]

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How will the solar eclipse affect solar panels?

Although it might only be a partial eclipse in the UK (like that isn’t still impressive), the solar world is preparing for an unusual occurrence. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or as it more commonly known – living away from social media, you would have seen the absolute meltdown people are having over the solar eclipse that will happen later today. Already people all over America have claimed their solar eclipse viewing spot, the sales of sunglasses have rocketed past the sun and the internet seems to be entering into a void of eclipse excitement. However, solar power […]

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Brightening up the future of Uganda with solar lamps

It might surprise you but in Uganda, 90% of the population is not connected to an electric grid, which means most people rely on flame based lamps powered by kerosene. Not only are these lamps dim and expensive, they also come with health costs. Many people living in Uganda will cook over open flames, meaning indoor air pollution can make it equivalent to smoking about two packs of cigarettes in just one day, as well as many losing their homes and lives to house fires. Maybe less surprising is the fact that many have turned to solar energy to help […]

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How to improve your home’s energy efficiency

With energy prices on the rise, it has never seemed like a better time to make your home more energy efficient. By improving your energy efficiency rating you save yourself money and improve the overall performance of your house. Taking a few simple measures, such as turning your heating down, choosing the ‘eco’ setting on your washing machine and using energy-saving light bulbs can make a big difference. So, where do you begin? It might seem a little daunting at first, but it just takes small steps at a time. The most effective approach is to target the envelope of […]

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What can we learn from the most eco-friendly island in Britain?

The tiny little Isle of Eigg might not seem like the kind of place that could teach the world any type of lesson, let alone a lesson concerning the future. A rocky island sitting off the coast of Scotland, its occupants are made up of just over 90 humans and a vast array of wildlife. So, how has this small island become a world pioneer for the sustainable living, which we all need to start practising? Condensing a long story, about twenty years ago Eigg was owned by a power-mad, business man named Keith Schellenberg. He controlled everything with such […]

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Could space solve our energy problems?

I won’t add to the trepid fear that may be dooming upon you all, but I will briefly mention that thing that you may have forgot – global warming. Deny it or not, all research and evidence points towards the fact that climate change is the single greatest threat to us. So, could the solution to the energy crisis lie with putting solar panels in space? Okay, this might seem a little crazy but the idea has actually been floating around for decades, most notably gaining popularity during the 1970’s oil crisis. Obviously, it was forgotten when oil prices went […]

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Resilience towards fossil fuels in pictures

People are becoming evermore aware of the limiting and damaging consequences of fossil fuels. However, for decades people have been protesting about how humans have been treating our precious planet earth. Here are some of the best protests against fossil fuels in history.

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How you can help save the world whilst saving money today

The majority of us have probably spent the last few months watching or reading the news with a slight feel of trepidation for what the future has to hold. The positive side to the current political turmoil, if there is any at all, is that these worries have led to people wanting to take action. It makes no difference how big or small, people wanting to make the world a little bit better now and for the future generations has to be progressive step. Now, we all love to make resolutions or promises to ourselves, but some of us (like […]

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The future for solar power lies with the batteries

The German battery company, Sonnen, want you to declare your independence whilst they prepare for a world without net metering. Their smart energy storage will allow you to enjoy the benefits of solar 24 hours a day. For decades unsightly power plants have been the main source of electricity, now this is slowly but surely being replaced by renewable energy sources. However, even firm advocates of solar energy will realise that there needs to be advancements in order to completely end the dependence on fossil fuels. Thus,Sonnen have pioneered the technology of storage batteries, creating a product that will maximise […]

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What Do Our Qualifications Mean – Part 2

QANW – has been designed for members of the Renewable Energy Consumer Code. It is, for want of a better description, an insurance policy for the consumer that protects them from the second a deposit is paid. Not only does is protect the customer, but it also provides added security for any advance payments and covers the workmanship warranty.   The workmanship warranty is variable depending on the chosen tenure by the installer. A minimum warranty period of two years is recommended but the maximum tenure that can be imposed is 10 years. This ‘insurance policy’ is designed to protect, […]

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EPC Rating Top Tips

Installing a solar pv system on your property is a very effective way to reduce your carbon footprint. After all, what better way to become “greener” than by generating, using and also feeding your own self-generated electricity into the national grid?It is, however a widely accepted fact that a lot of people who choose to invest in a solar pv system as a means to generate a rather tidy profit for themselves. This profit is achieved by using self-generated energy and the feed in tariff. In order to qualify for the higher feed in tariff, a solar pv customer would […]

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Angles and the sun – when is it at its optimum?

The United Kingdom is a country of differing temperatures where the sun rises and also sets at different angles throughout the various months of the course of the year. The angle that the sun rises and sets at is very relevant to calculating the optimum angle that a solar panel should be placed at in order to maximise the solar panels generation capability at any one particular time.  Where the sun rises and sets will be different as we travel from the North of the island down to the South. This means that as we travel from, say, Aberdeen in […]

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PV Power Is Going From Strength To Strength

We are always being told to be careful with our money. Looking after the pennies will turn them into pounds apparently. Well looking after pounds turns them in hundreds of pounds, looking after hundreds of pound turns them into thousands of pounds and investing thousands of pounds in a solar pv system turns into tens of thousands of pounds.   The benefits of installing a solar pv system are three fold. Using self generated energy rather than grid bought energy will no doubt reduce the cost of your electricity bills. Then there is the feed in tariff made up of […]

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And the Survey Says….

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) Survey has revealed some very interesting statistics in relation to the public’s opinion towards renewable energy such as Solar PV.   It is suggested that almost 50% of all UK householders are actually living in damp and draughty homes, up to a quarter of those people are planning energy efficient solutions within the year. Solar PV Installations ranks above loft and wall insulation for the home, often referred to as an ideal energy efficiency improvement.   The general public opinion also shows that 60% are more willing to buy or rent property that already has […]

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Say Good Bye to RO for PV

The RO (Renewable Obligation) scheme is getting a change in the first quarter of 2015, the plans from DECC (Department of Energy & Climate Change) are going to result in the RO scheme being transitioned to CfD (Contracts for Difference), this change with affect PV installations of 5MW and above; “The Renewables Obligation (RO) was introduced in 2002 to provide incentives for the deployment of large-scale renewable electricity in the UK. The RO requires licensed UK electricity suppliers to source a specified proportion of the electricity they provide to customers from eligible renewable sources. This proportion (known as the ‘obligation’) […]

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It’s back by demand….the Solar Energy UK Show!!

  The Solar Energy show has now been up and runny for five years getting bigger and bigger every time, with a growing number of visitors there are a growing number or exhibitors. Held at the NEC situated in Birmingham the Solar show opened its doors to over 2400 people last year with more expected this time. The exhibitors which feature all the latest technology range from a small scale domestic property to a large utility scale so there is something for everyone.   A new area has been set up called the Installer Central where all different job types […]

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Solar PV v Solar Thermal

  Two of the most common concerns for homeowners in 21st century Britain are “ What changes can I make in my day to day life to be greener?” and “What can I do to save money and get a decent return on my investment at the same time?” There are steps that can be taken in order to answer these questions both individually, and as a collective. Using energy saving light bulbs and recycling will reduce one’s carbon footprint, while on the other hand, reducing the amount spent on luxuries will save a family precious money. But wait! What […]

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Solar vs The Environment

Environmental effects to a solar panel installation is another reason why Solar PV Installations should be monitored after installation, in order to maintain the solar panel’s effectiveness.   Solar Panels either ground mounted or roof mounted are designed to have as much exposure to the sun as possible, in order to be effective at generating energy, with that intentional exposure comes the risk of not just absorbing the suns’ rays but also exposure to dirt, which has a tendency to accumulate and over time cause a reduction in the efficiency of the PV system and in turn the installations system […]

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Government Policy for Solar PV Part 5

It would seem the DECC were really determined to get the Feed In Tariff rate cut, but let’s not assume just because they are the government, and just because they want renewable energy consumers to earn less each year, let’s not assume they are ‘the bad guys’, should their predictions be true, and the former FiT rate was unsustainable, we would be staring down the barrel at either higher taxes to offset the expense, or possibly the removal of the Feed In Tariff all together.   April 2012 introduced the ‘EPC Requirements’, an Energy Performance Certificate uses a rating system […]

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12 steps of Solar PV installations

  For the first check of solar my installer said to me “Do you need planning permission?”   For the second check of solar my installer said to me “Do you have a single phase or a 3 phase electricity meter?”   For the third check of solar my installer said to me “ What is your budget for your solar pv installation?”   For the fourth check of solar my installer said to me “Have you checked and made sure that the company installing your solar pv system has all the necessary accrediations to carry out the work correctly?” […]

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Norway To Go, Scatec.

The Norwegian solar PV company, Scatec Solar, has announced that it has almost doubled its installed production capability to 220 mw. This announcement follows revenue and growth driving grid connections of three solar pv power plants in South Africa and Rwanda.   The Scandinavian solar company have seen a very strong upturn in sales over the third quarter. They have generated NOK 100 million more in sales than they did over the same period last year. The Norwegians are drastically reducing their loss.   Recently, Scatec have posted revenue of NOK 130.2 million ($19 million). This figure is up from […]

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Solar in Flight

  A very exciting adventure is to be embarked by Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard which is scheduled to take place in March 2015. Piccard- who is known for being the first man to circumnavigate the world in a hot air balloon is attempting to do the same but without any source of fuel; he will use the power of the sun! This will be done using a plane that weighs just 2.3 tonnes (approximately the same as a large car), the wings and horizontal tail plane have 17,248 monocrystalline silicon cells fixed to them which provides  22.7% efficiency and […]

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UK’s First Solar O&O Barriers Installed At Hospital

Green Gate Access Systems, has installed the UK’s very first solar O&O barriers at Warwick Hospital.   The hospital facilities team contacted Managing Director Neil Sampson last year, to discuss how to allow parking closer to the site for their 300+ auxiliary nurses and key workers, to quicken their arrival on shift.   Warwick Hospital had previously acquired a neighbouring unused transport depot and transformed it into a 350 space car-park, but was without the required power to control access.   Green Gate Access Systems installed two O&O ‘up and down’ car-park barriers at the main entrances, run via a […]

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Resourceful UK eco event attracts crowds!

  Men, women and family’s from all over Sussex visited the Steyning Centre to learn more about energy efficiency steps. The Eco Open Houses event which took place just over a week ago showed to be a lot more triumphant than organisers predicted, with a total of 424 visits at the Steyning Centre across the four houses and a presentation on a renovation project taking place in France.   Geoff Barnard, Coordinator of Steyning 10:10 Climate Action Group, expressed his delight saying the event was the most ambitious thing they had been involved with and it had generated a real […]

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100,000 jobs supported by UK renewables!

More than 100,000 jobs are supported by renewable energy in the UK, as claimed from a new report. The 2014 REview study carried out by Consultancy PwC and Innova, and released by the Renewable Energy Association (REA), also evaluates that a £64 billion stake will be generated in the industry by 2020.   Chief Executive for the REA, Nina Skorupska said: “This report highlights the close relationship between clear, stable policies and sustained growth and jobs in the renewable energy industry. The government’s renewable electricity policies have incentivised nearly £28 billion of private investment since 2010, achieving annual growth rates […]

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Solar farms need to work harder for UK Nature & Wildlife – National Trust

Solar farm planners attempting to cover hundreds of fields with panels have successfully achieved the support of two of Britain’s major conservation groups, the RSPB and the National Trust. They say that solar farms can assist them in developing protected wildlife habitats.   Solar farms generally only cover between 1% and 5% of the land on which they are situated. An additional 30% of land is normally shadowed by the panels themselves.   Among its combination of sunny and shaded areas, this establishment can bloom into a nursery for flowers, insects and birds.   James Lloyd, senior conservation adviser for […]

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Why You Should Invest In Solar Panels!

There are many reasons why households begin searching into solar power. One of the reasons is simply because once a solar panel is installed, there is surprisingly little maintenance involved in using them. So, after the initial payment has been dealt with, you don’t need to fret about putting additional money into them.                                         In recent years, the technology behind solar panels has improved hugely, particularly since the price of alternative energy forms has risen rapidly. Solar panels for the home are indeed the most frequent approach that homeowners use to make the most of sunlight. These panels take the […]

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UK Professor awarded for his leading work on Solar PV!

Professor Henry Snaith has been presented with the Materials Research Society’s (MRS) distinguished Outstanding Young Investigator Award for his work on the development of perovskite-based solar cells.   The prestigious award was announced at the 2014 MRS Spring Meeting’s Awards Ceremony & Plenary Session which was held in San Francisco. The Professor of physics at Oxford University is introducing a new generation of thin-film – low cost photovoltaic technology that can simply be integrated into the glass exteriors of buildings.   The Professor’s technology recently reached power conversion efficiencies of 17% and is set to transform the Building Integrated Photovoltaic […]

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UK to take the lead in European PV market in 2014!

The UK is to become the biggest market for solar PV in Europe in the course of 2014, certifying its prominence as the hottest market throughout the sector. This will be the first time in which the UK will have took the podium spot for installed PV in Europe, consequently closing the superiority of mainland Europe (mainly Germany).   From 1995 to 2013, Germany was the prime country for solar PV in Europe each and every year, apart from 2008 when Spain took their position – this means 2014 will only be the second year in 20 years that a […]

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Enormous solar energy park to be built in Pakistan

Pakistan is to construct an extremely large solar energy park in the desert in an attempt to address the country’s persistent power shortages.   The new solar power scheme is in progress with the government saying the QuaideAzam Solar Energy Park near Bahawalpur ‘will benefit the entire Punjab province.’   The bleak area is currently being revolutionized and the Punjab government has invested £3 million installing primary infrastructure for the new solar energy park, which it anticipates will develop into the largest of its kind in the world!   Imran Sikandar Baluch, head of the Bahawalpur district administration said:   […]

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UN Scientists declare that the world needs to switch to solar & wind power quickly to escape ruinous global warming!

The United Nations has warned a prompt change to wind and solar power is required if the world is to steer clear of catastrophic global warming.   Releases of greenhouse gases need to be slashed by up to 70% before 2050 to manage climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said. ‘Large-scale changes in energy systems’ are needed, along with coal power stations to be turned off and wind and solar to be put in its place.   This alteration needs to be carried out within the next 15 years or controlling climate change will eventually become […]

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Energy & climate change minister commends UK solar industry growth

The energy and climate change minister, Ed Davey, has expressed admiration for the UK solar markets increase – now making it the 6th largest market for utility-scale solar in the world.   500MW of new schemes were connected in March in the run up to the Renewable Obligation rate degression. Subsequently, the UK has now joined a select few markets which have more than one gigawatt of installed utility-scale capacity, as stated by Wiki-Solar.org.   Mr Davey said: “The UK is among the world leaders for deploying solar energy and was top in Europe for new solar projects coming online […]

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New Advanced Solar Panels That Perform Better On A Cloudy Day!

British Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory have developed the most cutting-edge solar panels yet – working better on a dull, cloudy day.   The material is as slender and pliable as cloth, and can be produced from any colour and printed in sheets on a 3D printer. Despite the technology only being at the development stage, scientists believe that in the future it could be adopted to make coats or bags – charging phones and laptops or to just simply keep the user warm!   The advanced panels are extremely lightweight, making it ideal for homes without the need […]

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Solar – powered plane revealed for round-the-clock global flight . . .

The team who created the ‘Solar Impulse Project’ – a journey to take to the air around the world in a plane powered solely by the sun – has uncovered the high-tech aircraft in which the flyers will set out on their venture.   Its forerunner, ‘Solar Impulse 1’, has previously winged its way throughout America, and deposited enough power to fly all night!   Solar Impulse 2 measures its wingspan at 72m (236ft) and is the width of a ‘boeing 747’, yet it weighs the same as a large car.       18,000 solar cells (as thin as human […]

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Ex- Marine Goes Green!

Craig Smith, an ex- Royal Marine Reservist is tackling growing energy costs with his dedication to renewables. The entrepreneur launched his energy solution business named ‘Solec’ to supply a variety of energy alternatives to customers.   To begin with Mr Smith first built up his work through his reputation as an ordinary electrician, but has progressively developed his business within the renewable energy spectrum, with solar power, energy efficient lighting and electric vehicle charging points being his main speciality.   He experiments with the technology and tests them at his home, then provides them to customers. His cottage displays solar […]

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Jaguar Land Rover Installs Biggest Solar Array In The UK

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has finished installing what is speculated to be the biggest rooftop solar array in the UK.   The new Engine Manufacturing Centre based in Staffordshire has over 21,000 solar modules! … and is able to create around 30% of Jaguar Land Rover Centre’s yearly energy requirements, comparable to energy consumed by 1,600 households. It will also reduce the site’s carbon footprint by over 2,400 tonnes annually.   Furthermore, the company intends to expand the array from 5.8MW to 6.3MW by the end of this year and the £500m project is anticipated to generate approximately 1,400 new […]

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April FiT cut-off point sparks 77MW solar surge in March!

Recent deployment statistics put out by the Department of Energy and Climate Change unveil that over 77MW of new capacity was added in the <50kW region last month.   The amount of solar panel installations achieved in March was more than double the amount fitted in February. Subsequently, taking the overall installs accomplished under the feed-in tariff to 530,970. The rise in solar installs can be associated to the 3.5% degression sanctioned throughout all <50kW feed-in tariff bands on 1st April 2014.   In the last week of March there was 30.5MW of solar connected to the grid, this is […]

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Campaign Group Calls Upon Government To Fund Solar Schemes For Schools

Friends of the Earth (FoE), Environmental Campaign Group, has begun a petition demanding for UK schools to have better financial access to solar energy.   The appeal is expressively directed at the Department for Education. Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education has requested for a change to current financial restrictions on schools that could be preventing their adoption of solar energy.   The petition protests that “Government rules stop schools accessing some of the best solar schemes.”   Friends of the Earth said in a report: “The government says it likes the idea of putting solar on schools. Well […]

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Quality more significant than cost in Solar Industry

When choosing PV modules, consumers believe the most vital factors are reliability and quality, which were discovered to be more important than low prices, as stated by a new survey for solar panel purchases administered by IHS Technology.   In the survey, respondents were asked to rank differing PV module features by importance, ranging from efficiency to weight and size. The leading factor by a momentous amount was module reliability, with 99% of respondents rating the aspect as either ‘very important’ or ‘important’.   The second most important characteristic was ‘high quality’, with ‘low price’ unveiled as third. Respondents who […]

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Remember to have a look @ the new Feed-in Tariff table (1st April 2014 – 31st March 2015)

This document sets out the tariff rates for the Feed-in Tariff scheme for PV installations. Effective from 1st April: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/ofgem-publications/85846/010214rpiadjustedtariffspv1.pdf   How the tariffs make you money The Generation Tariff: You earn a fixed income for every kilowatt hour of electricity you generate whether you use yourself in your property or export it to the grid. The Export Tariff: You earn an additional fixed income for every kilowatt hour of electricity you sell back to the grid.   How do the Feed-In Tariffs help? The Tariffs give three financial benefits: A payment for all the electricity you produce, even if […]

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Technological Breakthrough For Lincolnshire!

Broadgate Homes of Weston Hills is to launch a world first with its latest technological discovery.   Residences on its brand new Holland Park development in Spalding, Lincolnshire, will be constructed from energy efficient solar bricks, being the very first in the world to do this!   The business group is part of the team behind the technological breakthrough, developed in Denmark and to be created in Windsor, Berkshire, which consists of bricks utilizing energy from the sun and transforming it into static electricity.   This can subsequently be used to power electrical devices and lights throughout the home, saving […]

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London airport installs 496 solar panels!

London Southend Airport has had the biggest UK airport solar panel installation. 496 solar panels have been fitted as part of a £10million terminal extension scheme.   The solar panels have been installed on the terminal’s curved tunnel-shaped roofs to provide the airport with clean solar electricity for years to come through its private electricity network.   Photon Energy installed the system with the panels being supplied by Conergy. The panels are anticipated to help the airport accomplish a BREEAM very good environmental assessment rating, additionally, saving 1,000 tonnes of carbon emissions during the next 20 years.   The Operations […]

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Solar Capacity Boost By 13,000% In Devon & Cornwall

Devon and Cornwall have seen a big growth over the past four years in the amount of electricity that can be generated by solar installations.   The leading centre of sustainable energy expertise, Regan South West, has evaluated that solar energy can power the equivalent of 100,000+ home’s, back in 2011 this was only 890 homes!   Authorities understand that it is created by the Governments feed-in tariff which grants people to receive an income from generated power.   Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have the highest levels of solar energy from the […]

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Could this be the future for solar panels?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have managed to develop and produce a new resourceful “living” material out of non-living things mixed with E. coli bacteria. The incorporated elements could be hugely effective and useful if they were to be used in solar panels.   Timothy Lu, an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Biological Engineering and his researchers have shown that it is achievable to combine gold nanoparticles and even quantum dots to form “living materials.” These smart ingredients will be capable of reacting only to the environment like a living cell and even repairing themselves.   E. coli naturally formulates […]

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It’s a First for Solar!

A solar PV installer firm based in Yorkshire are the first company in the UK to start an advert campaign during peak television viewing times.   Last night ‘Eclipse Energy’ aired its first advert in the Yorkshire district ahead of ITV’s beloved soap Emmerdale and they have plans to proceed with the TV Campaign.   The Managing Director of Eclipse Energy, Chris Cash, told Solar Power Portal (the one-stop-shop for solar power information in the UK) “We have got some good spots booked including Coronation Street, we have paid for 35 spots but I believe it will take a couple […]

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What is a Feed-in tariff?

So, what is a feed in tariff? Basically, it’s the rate of money paid by the Government to households, businesses and other associations to produce and generate their own electricity from solar panels. The UK Scheme started in April 2010, an average household could earn around £700 annually.   The feed-in tariff (FiT) was first conducted to encourage investment. Households were more likely to proceed with the installation if they were confident in earning a return on their own investment.    You can receive feed-in tariffs for both the generation of electricity and for giving back unused electricity to the […]

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Nottingham to build UK’s biggest solar canopy

Nottingham City Council is preparing to have two hefty solar panel canopies situated on top of two car parks, the first one being Queen’s Drive Park & Ride and the second one will be Colwick Racecourse Park & Ride, both are to be assembled at the same time with finalization predicted by 2015.   The scheme will earn the City Council £216,000 each year, while the arrays are forecast to generate enough energy to power 480 homes annually.   The Queen’s Park solar panel system will contain 4,000 panels and Colwick Racecourse will include 3,000 panels. Together, both areas of […]

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Solar Panel Warranty Maintenance

The most common question people ask about solar photovoltaic panels is “How long do they last – to what degree is their life expectancy?”   Solar panels in the UK are skilfully well made as they are created to withstand the unreliable British weather. It takes a great deal of energy and money to manufacture PV panels, consequently the financial and carbon payback times under UK conditions can be long-lasting, covered from anything between 20 – 25 years.   The warranty conditions for solar panels often guarantee that panels can still generate the minimum of 80% of their initial estimated […]

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Why Solar Powered Energy Is Better Than Fossil Fuels

We have been using fossil fuel for hundreds of years, powering endless things like our household, businesses, manufacturing and cars, just a few of the many things.   The fundamental sources of fossil fuel energy contain coal, petroleum and natural gas. When fossil fuels are burned, they release gas and liquid emissions into the air. The outcome of this can affect the environment in the form of smog and in particular cities, this can cause serious health problems for residents.   Humanity has gained its benefits in many ways using fossil fuel, but supplies will one day diminish.   As […]

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Solar Powered Gadgets

Hello guys,   How are we all on this sunny Wednesday afternoon?   One of the most eco-friendly ways of powering devices is through the sun, whether that be via solar panels or just simple heating….So we thought in today’s blog it would be fun to take a look at some of the coolest solar powered gadgets from around the world, enjoy 🙂      Solar Powered Cat Tantalizer Never needing batteries, the Solar Powered Cat Tantalizer is a cat toy that moves as soon as it is hit by sunlight to mimic the presence and behaviour of prey. Attached to a […]

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How does cold weather effect the functionality of solar PV?

Many people throughout the UK are put off with having a solar system installed as a result of the British weather. Their worry is based on the factuality that Britain isn’t the sunniest of places and that the solar panels fitted on to their property would not provide a satisfactory return.   You will be happy to know that this is not the case!     The technological bit  – the flow of electricity through an electrical circuit is affected by the ambient temperature. If the temperature rises, the speed at which electrons travel is decreased due to a boost […]

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TOP 8 SOLAR ENERGY MYTHS

Solar panels do not work in cold, cloudy areas – UV light is all that is essentially required and even the cloudiest of places have surpassed these requirements. Germany, who is categorized as one of the lowest for sunny days, is the solar energy capital of the world. As a matter of fact, when the solar panels are cold they are capable of conducting electricity better.     Solar systems are too costly – Solar energy installations are more reasonably priced than they have ever been before.     Solar panels require regular maintenance – The panels barely need maintenance […]

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Why We Have Chosen To Use SolarRiver PV Inverters…

  The SolarRiver PV inverter was created by Samil Power, an international group and one of the fastest growing solar inverter companies globally, winning several awards.   Founded by the CEO, Peter Cui, an ambitious Chinese Australian who has introduced many of the best global practices within the company.   To date more than 200,000 string inverters from Samil Power have been installed in more than 20 countries (Australia, the UK, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Netherland, France, Chine etc.)   With its more than 200 engineers in Research and Development the product portfolio covers the complete scope and high set […]

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Are solar panels efficient enough to work in the UK?

In spite of Britain having a reputation for dull and gloomy weather, there is actually a sufficient amount of sunlight in the UK to power solar panels.   In fact our island collects the same quantity of sunlight or ‘solar radiation’ as parts of Spain and France, these are countries with a seemingly more Mediterranean climate.   It has been proven over the last couple of decades that solar panels do work in the UK. Solar panels for household use is somewhat new, however, particular industries have been using them with triumph for several years now.   One of the […]

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UK Parliament Reveals It Is Considering Installing Solar Panels On Big Ben!

The House of Commons is considering plans to install solar panels on the clock face of Big Ben as part of an extensive push to crack down on the carbon footprint of Westminster.   Last month, Parliamentary passholders were requested to submit suggestions and thoughts on how the estate could aim to develop and raise energy efficiency by 34% by 2020.   One passholder recommended fitting solar panels on the clock face of Big Ben, which in 2012 was actually given the new name Elizabeth Tower.   A Spokesman for the House of Commons explained to BusinessGreen:   “These ideas […]

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Energy & Climate Change Minister Confirms There Will Be No Grace Period For Flood-Hit Solar Farms

The Minister for energy and climate change, Greg Barker, has revealed that the solar farm flood victims will sadly not be allowed to have a grace period to connect to the solar power feed-in tariff before the 1st April 2014 due to the rate dropping.   Lee Mason who works for DNO Consulting sent Greg Barker an appeal to offer a grace period for flood-affected farms. The Minster for energy and climate change stated that he acknowledged and appreciated the difficult situation that the developers are currently in. However, due to the deadlines being preserved in law, there just wasn’t […]

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Solar panel feed-in-tariffs to be reduced in less than a month’s time – Act Fast!

On the 1st April 2014, the solar PV tariff is reducing to 14.38p /kWh from 14.90p /kWh.                For a typical 4 kW system (16 panels), this would decrease the yearly return by about £20. Doesn’t sound like much, but when you examine what you receive from the feed-in-tariff generation for the next 20 years, that works out at £400!   Keep in mind that the feed-in-tariff payment is split into two parts: The first is the generation tariff, this pays you for every kWh of electricity you generate. It does not matter whether this is used in the home […]

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SolarEdge to showcase new products for the UK solar PV market at Ecobuild!

SolarEdge has confirmed that the UK represents a substantial market for the company, consequently they have come to the decision to move its permanent office to London. With the growing focus on the UK market, SolarEdge is revealing a number of products that have been created with the UK PV market categorically in mind.   SolarEdge has developed a P700 optimiser, designed for the commercial PV market. The optimiser has been produced to work for two 72-cell solar PV modules instead of just the one, this allows installers to make momentous savings on balance of system costs. The group states […]

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Why We Have Chosen To Use Sunmodule+ Solar Panels…

If you want a solar panel system installed it is always good to know what solar panels are going to be fitted on your home. Of course if you are going to pay a good amount of money for your new solar panels you would like to know if they are strong quality and if they are going to be efficient enough.   In this blog we will explain all you need to know about the sunmodule+ panels that we use and install.   Firstly, you still want your home to look attractive with solar panels installed on your roof […]

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Scientists working on new advanced solar energy panels

  Welsh scientists are working on establishing the ‘Next Generation’ of solar energy panels, which will be cheaper and a lot more environmentally friendly than the present day solar systems.   The solar cells which are being designed by Swansea University researchers and testers will be unbelievably slim and light and it has been said they will be up to 30 times thinner than a single strand of hair and produced using only a few milligrams of copper, zinc and tin.   The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has funded Swansea University £2million for a research project to […]

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Can You Benefit More With Solar Panels Than An ISA?

If you are contemplating about what you should do with your money, why not think about going green and invest your cash into solar panels for less than £6,000?   A well placed solar panel system in an energy efficient household could produce a 10% tax free return on investment, without the prospect frequently secured to such probable returns.   You can talk with your advisor and examine in contrast on how the typical 2 to 3% rate of interest from a cash ISA is at this moment in time.   The Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker, commented saying “The […]

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Why Invest In Solar Panels?

Hello Bloggers,   How are we all on this cold Monday morning?!   In today’s blog we have listed the reasons why you should invest in solar panels and become GREEN.   Solar panels are a good way to use viable, natural resources to generate energy. They can be used to absorb sunlight and transform it into energy that can be used for electricity.   You can change any type of house or business into one that uses electricity generated from solar energy. Even if you do not accumulate enough sunlight for all of your electricity, you can gain enough […]

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Eco Energy World sells 12MW project

Eco Energy World has sold its majority shareholding in a new advanced solar project to AVIC International (Aviation Industry Corporation of China.)   The renewable energy group, which operates from offices in London and Monaco and has established several hundred MW of solar projects and programs throughout Europe up to now, has sold 90 percent of its stake in the 12 MW Spriggs Farm solar project located near Saffron Walden, Essex, holding the remaining 10 percent share.   Eco Energy World took the project into planning, development and construction during 2013. The project has been confirmed to start operating in […]

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SUN RELEASES GIANT SOLAR FLARE!

The sun fired off a seriously large flare on Monday at 7.49pm, making it the most powerful sun eruption of 2014 and one of the strongest in the last several years!                      The immense X4.9-class solar flare exploded from an active sunspot, called AR1990. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a high definition video of the giant solar flare. The spacecraft recording showed fascinating views and sights of the solar flare erupting with a humongous blast of plasma, named a coronal mass ejection, or CME.   But do not worry we are not in a troublesome situation from the latest eruption, […]

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30MW Solar Farm In Progress For Old RAF Base In North East Scotland

    It has been revealed that a 30MW solar farm is in the early stages of being developed on the grounds of an old RAF airbase in Scotland.                                                The previous World War Two base, RAF Tealing, at this present time houses a large substation, five sets of transmission lines and one wind turbine.       Green Cat Renewables has applied for screening opinion, a forerunner  to arrange a formal planning request.       The UK’s current biggest solar farm is on a former airfield in Wymeswold, Leicestershire.       Developers will be hoping […]

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Eco Environments encountering mini rise due to the FiT rates lowering!

Eco Environments has announced a substantial amount of solar PV queries due to Ofgem declaring that the feed-in-tariff for all 50kW systems would fall by 3.5%.   The group has reported that new business queries have risen by 30 percent. Customers are hurrying, so they can benefit from the higher FiT rates before the 1st April 2014.   The Director of Eco Environments, Mark Buchanan, pointed out: “With an opportunity to save on bills, get paid to generate clean electricity and enjoy tax-free returns that are index linked and guaranteed every year for 20 years, homeowners and business are now […]

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How Do Solar Systems Produce Energy?

Today, we are going to explain the basics on how solar systems actually work to produce energy and make electricity. Hope you find our blog useful!   To understand this method, we will outline the solar energy factors that create the solar power system.   The roof system – With most solar systems, solar panels are fixed onto the roof. The perfect spot would be one with no shade on the panels, particularly during the sunlight hours of 9am to 3pm. A south-facing installation will normally supply the best possible potential for your solar system, having said that other locations […]

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World’s largest solar-powered bridge

After almost five years of being developed, the world’s largest solar-powered bridge is now complete at Blackfriars Bridge across the River Thames in London! The panels were installed in a course of chapters over the past two years, they was delayed due to the 2012 Olympic Games, as they wanted to lessen the impact on the station during this time.   The roof of the bridge has been topped with 4,400 photovoltaic panels, supplying up to half of the energy for Blackfriars Station to help reduce emissions.   The panels are expected to cut carbon emissions by an estimated 511 […]

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Feed-In Tariffs Explained

Want to invest in solar panels, but you’re a bit baffled on how the feed in tariff works?   Do not fear ……. We will explain the basics of what you need to know in this straightforward blog, giving you the comfort and satisfaction you need before you invest and join the solar community!   So, what is a feed in tariff? Basically, it’s the rate of money paid by the Government to households, businesses and other associations to produce and generate their own electricity from solar panels. The UK Scheme started in April 2010, an average household could earn […]

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WHY SOLAR POWER IS BEATING FOSSIL FUELS!

The solar economy is spreading enormously every year, but fossil fuels remain to be eliminated from the industry. It is disappointing to be told by people that renewable energy is not at all prepared to take on fossil fuels by means of powering our country.   We have made a list of reasons why solar is beating fossil fuels!    Firstly, there are more people in America working in the solar energy marketplace than mining coal. Solar is growing more than 10 times quicker than the U.S. economy put together.   The solar industry employs more than coal and that […]

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Why Solar Energy Is Good?

Apart from the noticeable financial benefits with solar energy, there are other advantageous factors too. Solar energy is clearly the way forward for us all! Many homes have transformed their house to be powered entirely by solar power, gaining all the benefits provided by the sun.     The fundamental reason that most families convert their power source to solar energy is to reduce their electric bills with the electrical consumption generated from the sun being free. By switching as many home appliances as possible to use solar energy, you can save a great amount of savings in your utility […]

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Ford Announces Solar-Powered Car!

  Good Morning Guys, It seems the solar world really is taking over!     Ford has revealed plans for a prototype solar-powered hybrid car.   The Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept will be on show at CES in Las Vegas before assessment begins to see if the product is suitable and practical.   The new advanced Ford has a solar panel system on the roof which tracks the position of the sun. The group said it can bring power equivalent to a 4hour battery charge.   The car could trek for up to 21 miles powered just on electricity […]

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SOLAR POWER FACTS

Solar Energy is the reason we are all here today! It is the fundamentally main source of energy for all beings on this planet.   Every hour the sun gleams onto earth with enough energy to satisfy global energy demands for a full year! Solar energy is the applied science technology to bring the suns energy under control and make usage of it. Although the sun is over 90 million miles from the Earth, it takes lesser than 10 minutes for light to accelerate across that distance.   Lots of people are familiar with solar panels, devised and created on […]

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10 Million UK Homes To Have Solar Panels By 2020

     Experts from Imperial College say Britain should have 10 million homes rigged in solar panels by 2020 (Can you believe that’s only 6 years away!) if the country was to achieve its renewable energy potential.   More than a third of families generating solar power from the sun would help the UK to develop around 6% of its yearly electricity needs from solar power, 40% of that coming from the panel systems on bright sunny days.   These statistics are comparable to those of Germany, which has made a large breakthrough on solar power in the last 10years. […]

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Solar Panel Need-To-Knows

Afternoon Bloggers!   In this blog we are explaining all you need to know about solar panels to give you that peace of mind if you are interested in joining the solar community.   Solar power is all about daylight, not sunshine, so panels can still generate some electricity on dull and cloudy days.   But, before you rush into ordering your new solar panels, have a good read of these important key pointers.     Now is the time to buy solar panels If you invest in solar panels, you get paid a ‘feed-in-tariff’ for the energy generated, even […]

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Booths Supermarket Cuts Energy Prices With 250kWp Solar Design

  Supermarket group Booths has turned to Solar Panels to give a helping hand on decreasing its energy bills. The chain is now equipped with the energy saving panels on its distribution centre near Preston.   The 250kWp design, carried out by Styles and Wood, is predicted to generate about 223,000kWhof electricity each year! Booths Supermarket is expected to earn an overall benefit of around £24,500 a year from the scheme, taking into consideration energy savings and the combined feed-in tariffs.   Energy Director, Adrian Sutton, explained that installations like the one at Booths distribution centre would come to be […]

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