Centrica signs up first business for virtual energy marketplace

A farm and holiday retreat is to use energy storage technologies as part of Centrica’s virtual energy marketplace trial in Cornwall. UK firm redT is to connect 1MWh energy storage machines to The Olde House’s 250kW solar array, which also powers an onsite electric vehicle charging station. Centrica’s £19 million Local Energy Market trial will […]

Suez to pay £500k over Cornwall landfill pollution

Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Limited has pleaded guilty to six offences at a landfill site in Cornwall. It has been ordered to pay more than £500,000, which includes £180,000 in fines and £325,000 in costs to the Environment Agency. According to the Agency, heavy rain caused leachate levels “to rise rapidly beyond limits” specified […]

Cornwall Council’s green ambitions set to grow

Cornwall Council’s ambitious green plans are continuing with a new series of projects. Over the last four years the council has worked with various partners to make the most of the area’s natural resources – an abundance of wind and sun mean Cornwall is ideally suited to generating clean energy. Nearly a third of the […]

Cornish properties to trial virtual energy marketplace

Homes and businesses in Cornwall are to trial a virtual energy marketplace. Centrica will work with renewable generators and businesses over the next three years to install free smart technology and energy storage units. They will also put battery units and micro combined heat and power (CHP) plants into place in around 100 homes. Once this has been completed, participants […]

EU funds wave energy project in Cornwall

The EU has provided £9.55 million to support a 15MW wave energy project in Cornwall. Australian company Carnegie Wave Energy will use the money to develop the first phase of the scheme located at Cornwall’s Wave Hub. The first stage includes a 1MW development of CETO, a technology that operates under water, converting ocean wave energy […]

Cornish waste firm fined for breaching permits

The operators of a waste company in Cornwall have been ordered to pay £1,000 for breaching environmental permits dating back to 2013. Christopher and Karen Prynn, who traded as St Eval Recycling Company, were sentenced at Bodmin Magistrates Court last week after pleading guilty to four offences at a previous hearing. The breaches included failing […]

£13m for geothermal energy projects in Cornwall

Businesses are being invited to bid for a share of up to £13 million for geothermal energy projects in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The cash is being provided through the European-funded Cornwall and Isle of Scilly Growth Programme which will run until 2020. It is the only region in England to qualify as […]

Cornwall makes waves in renewables sector

Trials for a wave energy converter began this month off the coast of Cornwall. The prototype called Volta was designed by UK-based firm PolyGen at an energy test site FaBTest in Falmouth. The area has a Marine Licence for testing new technologies on site. The deployment and mooring of the device was carried out by […]

Eden Project flicks switch on first EV charge point

The Eden Project’s first rapid electric car charging point has officially been unveiled in Cornwall. The public will be able to use the plug-in infrastructure to charge their cars in as little as 30 minutes. It is part of 16 charge points being installed in the region this summer. The Department for Transport has provided […]

UK firm buys 25.4MW West Country solar power

A UK investment company has bought two solar projects in the West Country for £20.37 million. They have a total generating capacity of 25.4MW. John Laing Environmental Assets Group (JLEN) bought the 10.7MW Monksham Solar Farm in Frome, Somerset and the 14.7MW Branden Solar project in Bodmin, Cornwall. In March 2015, JLEN acquired a 64% […]