Guest Blog: Nick Boyle – Green can’t just be a badge it’s business!

We’re all too aware of the pressures to improve CSR credentials and serious initiatives such as COP21 and RE100 have put carbon emissions reduction firmly back on the agenda for many businesses. Switching to renewable energy can certainly help organisations gain a greener competitive edge but do I think that any of the largest companies […]

UK’s first CfD solar farm connected to grid

The first solar project under the government’s Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme has been connected to the grid. Lightsource Renewable Energy said the £8.7 million solar farm in Shropshire, which received funding from the Royal Bank for Scotland, has an installed capacity of 11.94MW. It will generate enough electricity to power more than 4,000 homes. […]

Lightsource to invest £25m in NI rooftop solar

Lightsource Renewable Energy has announced plans to invest £25 million in solar projects in Northern Ireland. The cash will be used to fully fund solar installations on around 6,000 homes in the next six months. Householders will be able to buy energy from Lightsource at a cheaper rate, with the company claiming bills could be […]

Guest blog: Nick Boyle – Your electricity costs, why pay more?

If I said to a CFO, I will fix your transport costs or employment costs for the next 20 years…they’d rip my arm off, so why not power ? Given the choice, any sensible business will put into place appropriate measures to hedge against the rising costs of operations; from employment and transport costs to […]

Solar energy to save Northumbrian Water £386,000

A 943-panel solar array has been installed at one of Northumbrian Water’s sites. The project has been developed as part of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Lightsource Renewable Energy, which fully funded and designed it. Lightsource claims the project at Bran Sands wastewater treatment plant in Middlesbrough – which serves around 300,000 customers – […]

Solar farm powers Belfast International Airport

A ground-mounted solar power station has been connected to Belfast International Airport. The £5 million project is being funded, installed and operated by Lightsource Renewable Energy and the airport is buying the clean electricity through a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Located at Crookedstone Road in Antrim, it has a total capacity of 4.83MW and […]

UK ministers have ‘false impression of support for solar’

UK ministers have the “false impression” that solar power no longer requires financial support for deployment in the UK. That’s “deeply worrying”, according to the Solar Trade Association (STA) and Lightsource, with reference to statements made by Energy Minister Lord Bourne who gave evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) last month. In […]

Belfast’s airport prepares for solar take-off

An airport in Belfast will soon be powered by solar energy. Lightsource Renewable Energy has signed a 25-year agreement with Belfast International Airport for what it claims will be the largest solar farm to connect to an airport in the UK. It will be developed and operated by the renewable firm and have a total capacity of 4.84MW. The airport will buy […]

Sun shines on Europe’s largest floating solar array

  ELN Chief Reporter Priyanka Shrestha visits the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir in Greater London where Europe’s largest floating solar array is being installed. Watch to find out more about the innovative project.

Blog: Water way to prove your energy credentials!

Being an energy manager isn’t an easy task. Convincing your board members to back an energy efficiency or renewable project takes months if not years. That’s especially true when it comes to asking for financial support. In the current climate of low prices, renewable projects are harder to get off the ground plus the fact […]