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Google reveals world's largest solar plant

18-02-2014
Google reveals world's largest solar plant Posted by Andrew Marshall.

Google has unveiled one of the world's largest solar power plant as the company continues to invest in renewable technology.

The US plant has a capacity of 392 megawatts - capable of powering 140,000 houses - and consists of 173,500 heliostat mirrors covering 3,500 acres in Mountain View, California. It is expected the facility could reduce carbon d... read the full article on Google reveals world's largest solar plant

New 27-hectare solar farm planned

17-02-2014
New 27-hectare solar farm planned Posted by Andrew Marshall.

A new 27-hectare solar farm could be constructed in Billericay, Essex.

The development by MS Power would be based in green belt land and could provide a large amount of renewable energy.

According to the Brentwood Gazette, the farm would make use of solar panels measuring 1,640 mm by 990mm and they would be mounted in double rows.

Phil... read the full article on New 27-hectare solar farm planned

Solar panel retrofit continues

14-02-2014
Solar panel retrofit continues Posted by Andrew Marshall.

A Durham housing association is continuing to fit solar panels to many of its older properties as part of a new investment project.

Durham Aged Mineworkers' Homes Association (DAMHA) plans to retrofit the solar panels to nearly 100 homes by the end of the financial year and it is hoped a further 70 households will benefit over the following 12 month... read the full article on Solar panel retrofit continues

Belfast solar scheme gets go-ahead

12-02-2014
Belfast solar scheme gets go-ahead Posted by Andrew Marshall.

A plan to install roof mounted photovoltaic panels in Northern Ireland has been approved.

Bombardier Aerospace will now make use of the renewable technology at its Airport Road West plant.

Covering an area of five hectares, the solar panels will be capable of converting solar radiation into around 3.8MW of electricity.

It is the larges... read the full article on Belfast solar scheme gets go-ahead

Somerset town 'ideal location' for solar panels

12-02-2014
Somerset town 'ideal location' for solar panels Posted by Robert Shields.

A Somerset town could increase its sustainability by embracing solar panels, according to a local industry expert.

Dave Mansell, speaking to Newsquest, explained Wiveliscombe could further benefit from solar panels and that this would help reduce the area's reliance on fossil fuels.

At present, he estimates that there are 13,081 solar panels... read the full article on Somerset town 'ideal location' for solar panels

STA highlights durability of solar panels

11-02-2014
STA highlights durability of solar panels Posted by Andrew Marshall

One of the most appealing attributes of solar photovoltaic panels is their longevity, the Solar Trade Association (STA) has said.

Leonie Greene, head of external affairs at the STA, spoke about this feature during a discussion with Dominic Laurie on BBC Radio 5 Live.

She said one of the interesting things a... read the full article on STA highlights durability of solar panels

Warrington project benefits from solar power

11-02-2014
Warrington project benefits from solar power Posted by Robert Shields

An energy efficiency project in Warrington is making use of solar power to help reduce costs.

Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) has completed a 'whole house' energy project at five of its properties in the Penketh area of Warrington.

Each of the properties have been fitted with leading eco-efficient features to help reduce running costs a... read the full article on Warrington project benefits from solar power

Solar panels playing key part in Ikea's renewable energy drive

10-02-2014
Solar panels playing key part in Ikea's renewable energy drive Posted by Robert Shields

Ikea has announced that solar panels are set to play an important part in the company's drive to improve its energy efficiency and sustainability over the coming years.

Publishing its sustainability report for the 2013 fiscal year (FY), the retail chain said it has achieved strong progress in its People & Pla... read the full article on Solar panels playing key part in Ikea's renewable energy drive

CSE scheme to insulate homes in Bristol and Somerset

10-02-2014
CSE scheme to insulate homes in Bristol and Somerset Posted by Andrew Marshall

The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has launched a scheme that will provide funding for cavity wall and loft insulation for people living in Bristol and Somerset.

Made possible through Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding, the Home Energy Upgrade initiative will help participants make their homes warmer and c... read the full article on CSE scheme to insulate homes in Bristol and Somerset

Councillor proposes solar panel scheme in Kirklees

10-02-2014
Councillor proposes solar panel scheme in Kirklees Posted by Robert Shields

A councillor has put forward proposals that could have a positive impact on renewable energy capacity in West Yorkshire.

Andrew Cooper, a council member in Newsome and leader of the Green Party in the borough of Kirklees, has suggested that solar panels be installed on 2,000 properties owned by the local authority, t... read the full article on Councillor proposes solar panel scheme in Kirklees

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