South West Water fined £86k for Devon sewage spill

South West Water has been ordered to pay £86,000 in fines and costs for a sewage spill in Devon. According to the Environment Agency, sewage was discharged into Dawlish Water, a stream that runs through the centre of town, over a bank holiday weekend in August 2015. It states an alarm was triggered at 8.15am […]

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% […]

Hampshire and Devon solar farms finished

Chinese manufacturer Hanwha SolarOne has announced four UK solar farms with its panels are now finished. The farms in Devon, Kent, Manningtree and Hampshire are expected to produce 60.5 megawatt hours (MWh) a year, enough to power more than 18,000 homes. A whopping 230,000 solar modules went into the four projects, with the first batch […]

Warning over oil thefts from rural homes

Rural households are being warned to stay vigilant in case of oil thefts as the winter chill increases. Thousands of homes across the country rely on oil for central heating, according to the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) which represents the domestic oil heating and cooking industry. A recent survey by the National Farmers Union […]

London bottom of league table for solar installations

The city of London is lagging behind on solar installations compared to other parts of the country, according to a new report. It found London boroughs make up 23 out of the 25 lowest ranking local authorities and the capital fell in the bottom 10 in the national league table. The boroughs of Westminster, Kensington […]

Wind turbine collapses

A wind turbine in North Devon collapsed after a strong gust of wind. Welsh renewable firm Dulas installed the turbine, which was supposed to have a life expectancy of 25 years. The company said no one was injured and it is still looking into the main cause of the incident. A spokesperson said in a […]

Do you have a smart meter in your firm?

Have you installed a smart meter in your business? If not, it may be time to do so as a new report claims it could help British businesses save around £230 on their energy bills every year. According to the report published by British Gas and Oxford Economics, small to medium sized businesses could save […]

Devon to have UK’s largest solar plant

A renewable energy company claims it will build the UK’s largest solar plant in South Devon after it got the council’s approval yesterday. TGC Renewables said it will install 27,924 solar panels in a farm near South Brent and will be the country’s largest solar project to date. The company claims the 8MW project will […]

Beco bought for £2.4m by Kier

Renewable energy company Beco has been bought by construction and engineering firm Kier for £2.4m. Beco is based in Totnes, Devon, and designs and installs solar and wind powered operations. It was one of the first organisations to become a government-approved installer of solar PV cells. Kier Western managing director Peter Young said: “Kier’s acquisition […]

Renewables offer £4bn boost to South West

The marine renewables sector will generate over 5750 new jobs and inject an estimated £4.8bn into the South West economy from 2015 onwards, according to a new report. The report, commissioned by the South West Regional Development Agency, found that marine renewables will be vital to the economic future of the region. A study in […]