IKEA offers energy storage batteries to householders

IKEA has announced plans to start selling energy storage batteries to householders. The home furnishings giant has teamed up with Solarcentury to launch the Solar Battery Storage solution to help homeowners make savings on their electricity bills. The battery storage system is designed to work alongside its existing solar panels, which allows consumers to store […]

Solar to power Attenborough film at Glastonbury

A David Attenborough film screened at Glastonbury Festival is to be powered by renewable energy. Solarcentury donated 30 panels with a capacity of 7.5KW for environmental group Greenpeace’s ‘Virtual Reality Dome’. The solar panels will generate enough clean energy to power the whole dome for the duration of the festival, which opens today and runs […]

IKEA back to selling solar panels in UK stores

IKEA is offering solar panels at selected stores in the UK again. It is part of the company’s mission to “help people live more sustainably” and comes despite government cuts to green subsidies. IKEA believes a solar system is still “one of the best investments” for a homeowner, claiming they can get a 6% annual […]

Aviva goes green to reduce energy costs

Solar rooftop systems are to power three of Aviva Insurance’s sites in the UK. They will help the company save energy and carbon emissions as well as cut costs. The solar panels, which will generate 445,000kWh of electricity per year, are located at Aviva’s offices in Perth in Scotland and Norwich and Bristol in England. Solarcentury […]

UK firm to build $2.5m solar project in Kenya

A UK firm is to build a solar project worth $2.5 million (£1.7m) in Kenya. Solarcentury claims it is the largest solar investment in the country so far. The project will consist of two solar roof systems combined with a carpot and the third system will include a battery storage. They will have a total capacity […]

UK firm connects unsubsidised solar farm in Panama

A UK renewable energy developer has unveiled one of Panama’s largest solar projects. The 9.9MW Divisa Solar Farm in Cocle province in central Panama is now connected to the national grid. It is expected to generate enough clean electricity to power around 3,000 homes and reduce more than 4,800 tons of CO2 annually. Solarcentury said the […]

UK’s £7m solar budget ‘subsidies Hinkley Point for just two days’

The UK Government “is on the wrong side of history” as it is supporting nuclear and cutting subsidies for green energy. Frans Van Den Heuvel, CEO of Solarcentury told ELN subsidising nuclear power will lead to increased energy bills for consumers. The company claims the government’s proposed £7 million budget for solar is equivalent to subsidising […]

Solarcentury founder steps down

The founder of solar power company Solarcentury has stepped down from the role of non-executive chairman to focus on climate change campaigning. Dr Jeremy Leggett will continue as a board member for the company but will focus more on campaigning in the lead up to the United Nations’ climate change conference in Paris this December. Dr […]

Solar rooftops “boost value of commercial property”

“Does it come with solar panels?” – that may well be a question asked by businesses on the hunt for offices or factory space in future, suggests a report released today. It sketches out benefits of the energy source such as an “increase” in the value of the property because of extra income streams. Citing limited data, […]

Green standards set for Portsmouth solar farm

A new 48MW solar farm featuring composting toilets and hydrogen-powered CCTV is to be built in Portsmouth. Solarcentury has been picked by Primrose Solar for the project that will generate enough green electricity to power 11,000 homes. The companies aim to set the “highest environmental standards ever” for ground-mounted solar and have pledged to use […]