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Study shows improving cost-competitiveness of solar power

15-04-2014
Study shows improving cost-competitiveness of solar power Posted by Andrew Marshall

The cost-competitiveness of solar photovoltaic power increased last year, according to new research.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report showing that global renewable energy investment declined by US$35.1 billion (£20.9 billion) in 2013, partly bec... read the full article on Study shows improving cost-competitiveness of solar power

Solar heating is popular and quick to install, says STA

15-04-2014
Solar heating is popular and quick to install, says STA Posted by Robert Shields

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has followed up the announcement of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) by highlighting the appeal of solar heating for consumers.

Stuart Elmes, chair of the association's Solar Thermal Working Group, said this renewable energy option is popular with householders and quic... read the full article on Solar heating is popular and quick to install, says STA

Solar could become world's biggest energy source

14-04-2014
Solar could become world's biggest energy source Posted by Andrew Marshall

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has commented on the possibility that solar power could one day become the world's biggest energy source.

In its response to the recent publication of Europe's first dedicated solar strategy by the UK government, the STA pointed out that the Royal Society, the Intergovernmen... read the full article on Solar could become world's biggest energy source

Rooftop solar growth makes sense for all, says Lightsource boss

14-04-2014
Rooftop solar growth makes sense for all, says Lightsource boss Posted by Robert Shields

The founder and chief executive officer of Lightsource Renewable Energy has stressed that using Britain's commercial rooftops for solar PV installations makes good sense for all concerned.

Nick Boyle was speaking to Solar Power Portal after the company announced that it was moving into the business rooftop market... read the full article on Rooftop solar growth makes sense for all, says Lightsource boss

Domestic RHI launch a major milestone, says REA

11-04-2014
Domestic RHI launch a major milestone, says REA Posted by Andrew Marshall

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has described the launch of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) as a "major milestone" for the government and its green policy record.

Officially introduced this week, the scheme offers payments for households that generate their own heating and hot water usin... read the full article on Domestic RHI launch a major milestone, says REA

GIB boosts financing for NHS energy efficiency

11-04-2014
GIB boosts financing for NHS energy efficiency Posted by Robert Shields

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has announced that it will provide £1.1 million to help finance a £3.1 million energy efficiency project at Cheltenham General Hospital.

This is the GIB's fourth investment in the NHS and is being delivered alongside a £900,000 grant from the Department of Heal... read the full article on GIB boosts financing for NHS energy efficiency

Domestic RHI encourages use of solar thermal systems

10-04-2014
Domestic RHI encourages use of solar thermal systems Posted by Andrew Marshall

Installing solar thermal systems to heat water using energy from the sun could soon become a more popular option in the UK, following the launch of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

The domestic RHI will offer payments to property owners who heat their homes through sustainable means.

Repo... read the full article on Domestic RHI encourages use of solar thermal systems

Solar projects up for REA awards

10-04-2014
Solar projects up for REA awards Posted by Robert Shields

Projects showcasing the flexibility and potential value of solar power are among the nominees at this year's British Renewable Energy Awards.

Among those shortlisted for an accolade is the GenCommunity group, which is using solar panels to provide free electricity to households struggling with fuel poverty in New... read the full article on Solar projects up for REA awards

Solar investors urged to focus on rooftops

09-04-2014
Solar investors urged to focus on rooftops Posted by Andrew Marshall

The focus of solar power investors going forward should be on rooftop projects, according to energy and climate change minister Greg Barker.

Last week, the Department of Energy and Climate Change published the UK's first Solar Strategy, outlining plans to turn the government estate, as well as buildings such as ... read the full article on Solar investors urged to focus on rooftops

Oxford council houses get solar panels

09-04-2014
Oxford council houses get solar panels Posted by Robert Shields

Oxford City Council has launched a pilot project providing free electricity to local residents through solar photovoltaic panels.

Devices with a peak capacity of 12 kilowatts have been installed at five council houses in Blackbird Leys, which were chosen on the basis of their orientation, shading, structural stabilit... read the full article on Oxford council houses get solar panels

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