US awards $24m to advance next-gen concentrating solar-thermal power tech

Five of the projects will focus on advancing industrial uses for this technology, specifically in the cement, hydrogen and chemicals sectors

MPs require all new buildings to have renewables from next year

Almost half of MPs approve the removal of VAT on all domestic renewables and energy efficiency measures for 10 years, a new survey shows

‘World’s longest operating’ solar thermal facility retiring almost entire capacity

Only one solar thermal unit will remain operating at the plant, originally with a 356MW capacity, after the eighth one is closed this month

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 […]

Green light for largest solar thermal project in South Australia

  The South Australian Government has given the green light to build what is claimed will be the world’s largest solar thermal project. The 150MW Aurora Solar Energy Project, which will be built near the town of Port Augusta, will include energy storage technology with 1,100MWh of capacity. It has been contracted to supply all […]

IT firm overturns planning block to get solar panels

The IT and business intelligence firm APTECO is saving around £500 a year on energy bills after getting solar panels at its Warwick office. Called Tink-a-Tank House, the Grade II listed building in sight of Warwick Castle took a year including a court case to get planning restrictions overturned. Solar panels save the office 2.6 […]

Homes to get paid for generating green heat

Grants to install green heating in homes were finally made available by government today. Called the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), it will pay people for the green heat they generate. Anyone from home owners and social and private landlords are eligible, both on and off the gas grid. The domestic RHI includes biomass heating […]

Giant solar thermal project opens in California

The world’s largest solar thermal project has begun operating in California, USA. The Ivanpah solar farm is made of three towers each 450 feet high and surrounded by 173,500 mirrors which reflect the sun’s rays onto them. Called heliostats, these mirrors track the sun as it moves through the sky. The whole project was built […]

Women’s charity aided by energy efficiency

A Northern Irish charity which helps women and children is hoping to save £3,600 a year after upgrading its visitor centre with energy efficiency measures. The Belfast-based Footprints Women’s Centre installed 40 solar panels, 80 solar thermal tubes for hot water, cavity wall insulation and timer switches on lights in their corridors, toilets and store […]

Renewable heat incentives for householders confirmed

UK householders who generate heat from renewable technologies could get paid “hundreds of pounds a year” following incentives announced by the Government today. DECC has set tariff levels for air source heat pumps (7.3p/kWh), biomass boilers (12.2p/kWh), ground source heat pumps (18.8/kWh) and solar thermal (19.2p/kWh) as part of the new Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) […]