Ireland extends energy efficiency grants for households

Ireland has extended the range of grants and level of financial support for householders who want to make their homes more energy efficient. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) said around 1.7 million homes could be eligible for new and increased grants. They range from €300 (£265m) for attic insulation to €700 (£617) for […]

Government fires up low carbon heat with £10m fund

The UK Government has launched a scheme to invest up to £10 million in low carbon heating technologies. Businesses can apply for a grant of £200,000 to £2 million to develop technologies that reduce carbon emissions associated with providing heat and hot water to buildings. The Innovation Fund will consider proposals for a technology, process […]

Low carbon heating projects bag £1.75m

Three low carbon heating projects have won a share of a £1.75 million fund. The schemes in Shetland, Clydebank and Glasgow will use water source heat pump technology to extract heat from water to supply low carbon heat. A £1.6 million loan will help fund a large scale sea water source heat pump scheme in […]

Community renewable energy heats up in Scotland

A new £2.3 million fund to develop water source heat pump schemes has been launched. The technology extracts heat from water even on cold days and uses the heat stored in water sources from rivers and canals to supply low carbon heat efficiently. The Water Source Heat Pumps Challenge Fund will support the development of […]

Energy from rivers ‘could heat one million UK homes’

At least one million homes and businesses across England could be heated by using a technology that takes heat from rivers and pumps it into the properties. A new ‘Water Source Heat Map’ has revealed the “secret energy” lies in more than 4,000 rivers, estuaries, canals and coastal sites across the country, which could provide […]

Cheers! Pub gets permission to go hydro-powered

This watering hole’s occupants are soon to be thirsty in more ways than one – Sticklebarn pub in the Lake District has just got planning permission for a new hydropower project. The 100kW hydro-electric scheme is part of a wider hope to turn Sticklebarn (pictured) into the UK’s most sustainable pub. It’s one of three […]

Howzat! Home of cricket gets sustainable makeover

Lord’s is getting solar panels and ground source heat pumps as part of a ‘masterplan’ to revamp the world-famous grounds. Aside from improving views over the stumps for spectators, plans for a new £21million stand (artist’s impression, pictured) at the MCC’s sports ground include solar and heat pumps to heat water and solar PV panels to […]

New York doles out $4.8m to make buildings more efficient

Energy efficient lighting for sports stadiums is one of a handful of projects to get a slice of $4.8 million (£3m) of funding announced by the Governor of New York this week. The cash is meant to help make the state’s buildings more energy efficient and boost its green economy. It will go to technologies ranging from lighting […]

Heat pumps could save homes as much as £3,000 a year

UK householders could earn between £1,350 and £3,000 a year in savings and income by installing heat pumps in their homes. A new study by the Energy Saving Trust found the efficiency of heat pumps has improved and that well installed and operated heat pumps perform to a “very high standard” in homes. It claims […]

Interest free energy efficiency loans for Scottish homes

Householders in Scotland will soon be able to apply for interest free loans for installing energy efficiency measures under a new £3 million scheme unveiled by the Government. Loans worth up to £10,000 can be borrowed depending on the technology and cost of the renewable systems which include solar panels, micro wind turbines, biomass boilers […]