£1m for renewable projects in deprived communities

A carbon reduction charity has received investment worth £1 million for renewable energy initiatives in deprived communities across the country. PURE – the Clean Planet Trust provides low interest loans for community projects to help them set up small-scale energy schemes through its ‘Community Energy Fund’. It enables community organisations to install renewable technologies that […]

Wave of Hydro Investment in Pipeline for Scotland

Tens of millions of pounds of investment in smaller-scale hydropower projects in Scotland could be unlocked by the outcome of a review of a green energy support scheme, industry leaders have predicted. A significant number of potential schemes are on hold by landowners and investors while the UK Government considers changes to rates paid under […]

DECC loses solar FiT appeal

DECC’s appeal is refused at the High Court

Soaring sales for UK wind turbine manufacturer

A manufacturer of small wind turbines in the UK has had sales growth more than 200% over the last year. The turbines installed by Evance Wind Turbines can generate around 9,900 MWh of electricity annually. They claim this saves over 4,250 tonnes of CO2 emissions, which is equivalent of taking around 1,800 cars off the […]

Welsh MP roasts DECC over solar FiT

A Plaid Cymru MP has said Government was wrongto cut the solar Feed-In Tariffs (FiT) rate beforethe consultation had closed. The consultation is running until this Friday, 23rd December but the changes were introduced last Monday, 12th December. Elfyn Llwyd MP said: “The UK Government is clearly neglecting its pledge to produce 15% of the […]

Feed-in Tariff figures point to healthy market, say SmartestEnergy

Statistics for the first year of the Feed-in Tariff scheme point to a healthy market, according to SmartestEnergy. The company, the leading purchaser and supplier of electricity from the independent generation sector, recently emerged as the biggest payer in the first 12 months of the renewables incentive scheme. The total paid by SmartestEnergy during the […]

Farmer sets AD example

A farm in Hereford has set a sustainable standard for its neighbours by recycling animal waste through anaerobic digestion to power their buildings and sell surplus energy back to the grid. Great Ynys Farm, which has 90,000 broiler chickens will use anaerobic digestion (AD) to convert chicken litter into biogas for renewable electricity and heat […]

No more "funding hiatus" for solar thermal

The Solar Trade Association has hailed the end to a “funding hiatus” for solar thermal that began when the Coalition Government abruptly closed the Low Carbon Building Programme (LCBP) in May last year.Under the newly announced £15million Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme, households will be able to apply for afor a £300 grant to buildsolar […]

Lipstick powered by solar

A British perfume and cosmetics factory is using solar power to make its products. Hampshire Cosmetics is capitalising on the Government’s Feed in Tariffs scheme, which gives people money for making their own energy. It is making 20% energy savings after covering its 55,000sq ft roofspace with solar panels. Anesco, the energy services firm that […]

Large on-site renewables "squeezed out" in EMR

Large on site renewables projects are being squeezed out by changes to the Feed in Tariff (FiTs), the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has warned. They could make a substantial contribution to the UK’s 2020 target but aren’t being given enough incentive to plump for on-site generation, suggested Gaynor Hartnell. The REA chief executive said: “The […]