**FITs Update - January 26th** The UK Government has lost its appeal against Friends of the Earth, Solarcentury, and HomeSun, meaning the deadline for the higher FITs rate of 43.3p/kWh goes back to March 3rd. The Government are re-appealing. The Guardian, Independent, and Telegraph newspapers have all reported on this story, but the Department of...
In his White Paper published July 2011, Chris Huhne has set out the UK's first Renewable Energy Roadmap. The 107 page document looks in detail at the "shared approach to unlocking our renewable energy potential". The paper recognises there are constraints that need to be overcome in order to deliver an 80% cut in UK carbon emissions by 2050....
Solar Panels Solar panels are also referred to as PV panels or photovoltaic modules courtesy of the photovoltaic effect that is partly responsible for the solar electricity. The photovoltaic effect causes semiconductors such as mono and polycrystalline silicon and cadmium telluride, to react to sunlight by generating electrons. Solar panels are...
Solar PV Car Parks Business car parks often cover large open spaces which can remain empty for long periods of time during weekends and public holidays. An empty car park appears pointless as, until recently, there was little else to do with empty car parks other than hold a car boot sale or set up a market during the weekends. Solar PV panels...
What are Feed-In Tariffs? Feed-In tariffs, also known as FITs, are government backed schemes which offer cash back to PV solar panels owners for the energy that they generate. The scheme began on 1st April 2010 and the British government have promised the system will run for at least 20 years. There are 3 main principles to the scheme: 1. Solar...
The UK coalition government’s first consultation of the Feed in Tariff scheme for small scale, low carbon electricity concluded yesterday. The report published on the 18th March has been open for public consultation for 6 weeks The review suggests imposing tariff bands to distinguish between high and low volume energy producers and proposes...