Industry leaders call for government to continue payments for excess solar energy

2018-09-21T08:34:51+00:00September 2018|

This summer’s heatwave has helped solar energy to reach record weekly highs. While this may have generated more interest in solar power, the government’s plans to remove the feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme is having the opposite effect. As a result, industry leaders are urging the government to reconsider and continue making payments to small producers [...]

Businesses increasingly back clean energy

2018-09-12T11:02:26+00:00August 2018|

UK businesses of all sizes are starting to realise the power of clean energy. Not only does investment in this area boost green credentials and reduce operational costs, it also helps to future-proof companies in ultra-competitive markets, the Daily Telegraph recently discussed. While senior vice-president of energy solutions at the Green Investment Group, Richard Braakenburg, [...]

Heatwave helps solar power reach new weekly records

2018-08-24T14:32:55+00:00July 2018|

The recent heatwave has done more than just lift the country’s spirits, it has also helped the UK to break numerous solar power-generation records, the Guardian reports. Renewables main source of power in UK in July The installation of new solar power has somewhat flatlined over the last 12 months but the prolonged period of [...]

UK solar installations halve for second consecutive year

2018-08-24T14:40:10+00:00July 2018|

Government subsidy cuts continue to impact on solar panels in the UK as installations across the country halved in 2017 for the second year in a row, the Guardian reports. New solar capacity in the UK fell to 0.65GW, down from 1.97GW in 2016 and 4.1GW in 2015. Overall EU solar growth impacted The numbers [...]

Solar in the UK: a subsidy-free future

2018-08-28T13:51:09+00:00May 2018|

As we look ahead to the end of the Feed-in Tariff next year I have been reflecting how far solar in the UK has come. Falling prices Look at Currys circa 2006 as a reference point – a year when the high-street electrical retailer dabbled in selling solar panels direct to the public. The Sharp [...]

UK renewable energy production now equal to power demand in 1958

2018-08-28T13:58:28+00:00April 2018|

2017 was the greenest year on record for UK energy generation, according to researchers from Imperial College London. The year saw Britain producing more energy from renewable sources than ever before. Dr Iain Staffell’s Electric Insights report showed that 50% of the country’s electricity came from low carbon sources last year. The combined energy produced [...]

Energy strategy isn’t just a large corporate challenge

2018-09-21T08:11:01+00:00April 2018|

A changing corporate focus The Harvard Business Review (HBR) article “Energy Strategy for the C-Suite” highlights that “sweeping environmental, social and business trends have propelled energy up the corporate agenda. But most firms still approach energy as merely a cost to be managed.” There is little doubt that energy is becoming a strategic issue for [...]

Using a solar panel to generate electricity – from raindrops

2018-03-29T13:34:31+00:00March 2018|

Scientists from Soochow University in China have developed a new device that enables solar panels to generate electricity from raindrops as well as sun rays, according to the Guardian. One of the key barriers to the adoption of solar power is that PV panels produce intermittently. However. innovators have been making significant strides in improving [...]

The future of solar car parks: charging EVs with energy generated onsite

2018-03-14T13:00:59+00:00March 2018|

There are 125,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on UK roads and this figure is set to boom, reaching 1 million by 2020 and 9 million by 2030, according to the National Grid. With that in mind, the BRE has recently issued a new guide for solar car parks, looking at how parking facilities can combine energy [...]