The true energy cost of solar
The subject of carbon footprints is highly complex and whilst we can offer a simple answer solar panels don’t have a massive carbon footprint (compared to other forms of electricity generation) and they don't require more energy to manufacture than they will ever produce – presenting the evidence to back these statements in different scenarios is a huge challenge...
PV & Planning – what you need to know
There is often confusion about whether or not planning permission is required for a solar PV installation and if so what the requirements are. Roof mounted Solar PV rarely requires planning permission unless your proposed installation is greater than 50kWp in size, in which case it is no longer classed as microgeneration. In this instance a decision will be reached by the local planning officer.
LEDs vs Fluorescent
Many of us are aware of the benefits of LED lighting but what is the cost of doing nothing? How much are we really wasting by not making the switch? We take a look at an example from a real site that uses fluorescent lighting in their livestock shed to find out more...
Solar in 2011 versus 2013
Ever since the coalition government announced the cuts in Feed in Tariff subsidies for renewable electricity generation there has been widespread belief that somehow solar PV investments no longer make financial sense. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, the Feed in Tariff rates have been reduced and will continue to be reduced incrementally but the global energy and solar markets look very different to what they did in 2011.
Morrison’s multi-site project
What have been the main challenges in the Morrison’s project. How were these overcome? What will be the impact on Morrison’s carbon footprint?
Contracts for Difference (CfDs)
Until recently there were two main support schemes for subsidising renewable electricity production; the Feed in Tariff (FiT) and Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs). Now the government has announced the details of a new scheme – Contracts for Difference (CfDs) – so where will this new scheme fit and who will be eligible to sign up?
Solar Trade War
Are you familiar with the solar trade war over proposed import duties on all Chinese panels entering Europe? While we all await a decision from the EU Commission here is a breakdown of where we are at and how we got here...
Farming emissions and cost savings
Many in the agricultural sector were relieved at the European Commission’s decision not to amend the threshold for poultry and pigs or to include cattle in the Industrial Emissions Directive. Whilst this certainly removes the pressure from livestock farmers it is also a good opportunity to learn more about our emissions and what potential cost savings that can be made from cutting carbon.
Selecting a safe installer
Our brief guide explains what you should look for and some of the common hazards associated with solar PV installations, as well as a useful checklist to complement the installer questionnaire.
Are you are interested in purchasing a solar PV system but find all the technical jargon a bit daunting? You are not alone! Here are the essential questions you should be asking your solar PV installer, along with a useful checklist to take along to your initial consultation.
Risks and Rewards of Solar Power
Why do so many of us still feel hesitant about investing in solar PV? Take this essential document to the boardroom to help you answer those tricky questions when proposing a solar PV investment.
LED Lighting Finances
We know that LED lighting can dramatically cut our carbon footprint but how much does a new lighting system actually cost and what sort of savings can we expect to see? The energy needs of different businesses will vary but here we have included two worked examples for the replacement of fluorescent lighting with LED so you can see what the typical finances of different sized schemes will be.
Solar PV Grid Parity
Have we now reached the stage where solar PV is now a cheaper source of electricity in the UK than a grid supply, even without the aid of subsidies? This is a goal that environmental campaigners and those in the solar industry have long dreamed of and according to recent studies we may well be there already!
Farming Bright Ideas
The use of LED lighting in farming is becoming increasingly widespread. LED lighting uses significantly less energy than the traditional fluorescent lighting used throughout the agricultural industry. LEDs achieve the greatest energy savings where they are used as a replacement for energy-intensive fittings like halogen bulbs.