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Biomass

Solar PV – what’s in it for me?

This handy infographic gives a brief overview of solar and the financial benefits

Solar PV - What’s in it for me?

Biomass

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...

The true energy cost of solar

Power Purchase Agreements

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.

PV & Planning Approval

EDR

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...

LEDs vs Fluorescent

Biomass

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.

PV investments in 2011 versus 2013

Energy Expert

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?

Morrison’s multi site rollout 2013

ROCS FITS

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?

Contracts for Difference

ROCS FITS

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...

Solar Trade War

ROCS FITS

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.

Farming Emissions

ROCS FITS

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.

Selecting a safe installer

ROCS FITS

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.

Installer Questionnaire
Installer Checklist

ROCS FITS

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.

Risks and Rewards of Investing in Solar

ROCS FITS

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.

LED Lighting Finances

ROCS FITS

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!

Solar PV Grid Parity

ROCS FITS

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.

Farming Bright Ideas