BRAZIL'S first World Cup solar-powered football stadium has been officially opened, in what looks set to be the greenest World Cup ever. The Mineirão Stadium, originally built in 1965, in Belo Horizonte, a city in the south-east of the country, has been fitted with a 1.4MW solar array on its rooftop. The worldwide football competition will be...
So you think you know Solar? Ever wondered how solar energy came into our lives? This Solar Timeline looks at all the milestone events of the the solar journey. You may be surprised to see just how long humans have been utilizing the power of the sun and also inspired by the innovative ways we have been doing it. For instance did you know that the...
JUST 1.5% of households in the UK have solar panel installations, a new survey has shown. This is a far cry from last year’s pledge from the government that 4million homes (about 1 in 6) would have solar panels by 2020. And it is Londoners who are letting the side down. In the borough of Westminster just one in every 2,500 households has a solar...
SOLAR panels are helping ambulances save lives by giving life-saving equipment vital extra power. About 36 of the rapid response unit vehicles of the South Central Ambulance Service Trust, which covers Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Hampshire will have the PV panels installed to help run defibrillators, sirens, radio systems, GPS and...
Solar traders have expressed anger at the news the amount of money you can earn from solar panels will drop in July, when it was not meant to happen until August. Currently householders can earn 15.44p/kWh if they have a smaller than 4kW installation, this will drop to a 14.9p/kWh feed-in-tariff a month earlier than planned. The move once again...
A WATER company in the South West of England has announced it will use solar energy to power even more of its sewers. Last year, South West Water generated more than one million kilowatt hours of solar energy, helping to power 23 water and sewage treatment works in Devon and Cornwall. It has now finished installing even more photovoltaic (PV)...
A KENYAN island is installing solar PV panels in a bid to stop its inhabitants from catching malaria. More than 4,000 solar panels are in the process of being installed in order to power insecticide-free mosquito traps. Malaria, which kills 1.2 million people every year, is a big problem for the 30,000 people who live in Rusinga Island, which is...
RENEWABLE energy specialist, The EcoExperts, has welcomed Northern Ireland’s decision to make installing solar panels easier. Owners of schools, businesses and farm buildings in Northern Ireland will no longer need to get planning permission if they wish to install solar PV panels on their properties. The move comes into force today (April 30) and...
THIS MAN is Paul Bright, sketched amidst my notes for his afternoon session on The Green Build Hub: A Living Laboratory. Paul is from the Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust (CSBT) and believes the world must shift to a renewable economy and, naturally, that Cornwall is the sustainable heart of the UK even though it’s way down there at our island...
A RACECOURSE in the North of England has spent £75,000 on more than 200 solar panels on the grandstand roof. The 300 year old Beverley Racecourse, in Yorkshire, will now produce 50kW of renewable energy from the panels, cutting down dramatically the carbon footprint of the establishment. The solar installation will also generate more than £5,000 a...