The skies are threatening to pour on the Apple solar farm but as the woman in-charge of the company’s environmental initiatives points out: the panels are still putting out some power. Apple is still greening its act.
Renewables accounted for 14.9% of UK electricty generated in 2013, up from 11.3% in 2012, according to the latest statistics released on Thursday.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) report found a 30% increase in electricity generation rfom clean sources to to 53.7TWh.
Solar PV and solar heat contributed 3.3% of the total renewable energy mix across all sectors, including heat and transport.
Inverter manufacturer SMA Solar has revealed that its Sunny Island range of inverters with built-in storage have received G59/2 accreditation.
The accreditation allows the inverter range to be used in self consumption and/or energy storage systems in the UK.
The latest draft guidelines on state aid by the European Commission have drawn criticism from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), claiming they could “constrain member states’ capabilities to reach their 2020 binding renewable targets”.
The government is seeking ways to minimise the cost of hitting the renewable targets within the £7.6 billion budget set out in the Levy Control Framework (LCF) and effectively puts a price on CO2 emissions.
The LCF controls the maximum costs that can be added to electricity bills for renewables.
When leading economist Jeffrey Sachs gives three cheers for the new new EU climate and energy policy for 2030, there are reasons for us to be proud.