UK council installs 1,500th solar kit

A UK council has put its 1,500th solar panel installation into place. Stirling Council installed the milestone unit on the roof of a new build bungalow, which is also one of 50 properties to pilot a new battery storage system to maximise the energy efficiency benefits of solar. It comes as part of continued efforts […]

Wildlife trust asks locals to chip in to solar

A nature charity is asking locals to chip in funding for a big solar farm in Swindon. It’s hoping to raise £2.7 million in shares for the solar farm which will be built on land at the Brandon Manor Farm, near to a popular local attraction called the Maize Maze. The solar farm is to […]

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 […]

Sainsbury’s claims solar panel record

Sainsbury’s claims it is now the largest solar panel operator in the UK and Europe. The supermarket chain says it has installed 69,500 new PV panels across 169 stores in the country. It claims this will generate 16MW of electricity, which is enough to power around 4,100 homes. It is also expected to reduce the […]

New FiT rate gives confidence to consumers

The Government’s confirmation on Feed-in Tariff rates gives consumers the confidence to invest in solar technology, says Consumer Focus. The reaction follows an announcement by DECC yesterday to reduce the Feed-in Tariff rate to 16p for small solar installations starting this August. Audrey Gallacher, the Director of Consumer Focus said the Government will need to […]

Time running out to install panels with FiT

Homeowners have just over two months to get the current 21p return from installing solar panels until Government cuts the Feed-in Tariff. As of July 1 the new rate will be no higher than 16.5p and may be even lower. Industry insiders expect the return on investment to drop to as low as 4% if deployment in […]