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Do We Need Renewable Energy in Our Homes?

Just like a lot of people I have often wondered about renewable energy. I know that it’s important for the environment and the future that we find a more sustainable source of energy; and one that does not pollute the air that we breath and the water that we drink (I have got a first-hand knowledge of what air and water pollution can do and believe me it is not a pretty sight).

posted by Omo Ogundele on 03 August 2012

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DECC announce second phase for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP)

On 26 March, Department of Energy and Climate Change announced a second phase to the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme, which will provide further support for installations of renewable heat technologies in the household sector. The budget has been increased from £15m to £25m, and is including community schemes and there’ll be more social housing schemes that can benefit.

posted by Boiler Cashback Team on 11 April 2012

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43.3p or 21p...? That is the question.

It has been a turbulent time for the solar industry recently.  First there were the cuts to large scale PV installations, then there was the announcement of planned cuts to small scale installations and now we don't even know what the tariff level is for small scale PV systems installed today.

posted by Ruth Wharton on 10 January 2012

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What energy efficiency measures will you be able to get through Green Deal?

The government's Green Deal consultation period closes on 18th January 2012, and with the opportunity to ask questions and give comments getting nearer, it is a hot topic among people in the energy efficiency industries.

posted by Carolyn Kempster on 09 January 2012

tags: at home , insulation , solar , green deal , renewable energy , energy efficiency ,

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Are PV Solar Panels still worth it?

The announcement of the change to Feed in Tariff (FITs) payments from the 12th December 2011 sent shock waves through the photovoltaic industry and has created a lot of negative press – not to mention the threat of legal action by Friends of the Earth. However, does this mean that PV is now a bad idea?

posted by Angus Murchie on 23 November 2011

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Sun begins to set on Solar Electricity Feed-In Tariffs

A document leaked from the Energy Saving Trust (EST) today has unveiled government plans to drastically reduce the 4kW solar photovoltaic (PV) tariff level from 43.3 to 21p/kWh.  The cut will cause the payback period for domestic installations to double, almost certainly making domestic homeowners to think again about installing solar electricity.

posted by Ruth Wharton on 28 October 2011

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Renewables could meet the majority of the UK energy needs by 2030

The WWF have published a feasibility study looking what proportion of the UK’s energy supply could be provided by solar, wind, tidal and other renewable energy sources within the next twenty years; and their findings are pretty ambitious.  The report looks at various different scenarios and proposes that renewables could provide between 60% and 90% of our energy needs by 2030.

posted by Carolyn Kempster on 27 October 2011

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Make money with solar panels

I was reading Miles Brignall in the Guardian recently, and he was discussing the returns from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. 

posted by Carolyn Kempster on 22 August 2011

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Is my home suitable for solar?

UK Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) make solar photovoltaic (PV) panels an attractive investment for homeowners who have savings. The soon to be introduced Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will also provide better returns for solar water heating (SWH). But there are some points to consider before chasing quotes:

posted by Gordon Glass on 30 June 2011

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solar is an earner with new feed-in tariff

When you get an approved renewable energy system installed you can now benefit from a Feed-in Tariff (FIT). Your electricity supplier will pay one tariff for the electricity you generate and one for any electricity you export to the grid. For a standard household Solar PV system they'll pay 41.3p per kWh generated and at least 3p per kWh exported.

posted by Gordon Glass on 01 April 2010

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Time to go solar?

Climate change has climbed the agenda.  Buildings are now being rated for energy efficiency and CO2 emissions.  Some new homes are appearing with renewable energy systems built in.

posted by Gordon Glass on 01 January 2007

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