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.
Stephen and Anne Mullins used to ride their bikes onto the Hampshire hills above Winchester and sit on the grass by an old semi-detached farm cottage to admire the view. When the cottage came up for sale they bought it and laid plans to build one of the most energy-efficient houses in the country, an exhilarating barrel-roofed structure which costs £3 a day to run.
The European parliament voted on Wednesday to require member states to meet binding national targets on renewable energy, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions.
The British public love renewables, are concerned about climate change and are broadly supportive of the green economy.
Ofgem has announced new feed-in tariff rates applicable from the 1 April 2014.
Rates were frozen in October until March 31 2014. Systems under 4kW in size will receive 14.38p per kW/h. The rates for systems over 50kW and less than 250kW will not be changed.
Investment in renewables and energy efficiency measures will be critical in helping businesses cope with future energy price increases, according to a new analyst's report.
Soaring energy costs are being blamed for a huge rise in the number of people going to hospital with illnesses caused by having to live in cold homes.
Last year, key manufacturers such as Waterfurnace Renewable Energy and LSB Industry subsidiary Climate Master managed to achieve major breakthroughs in efficiency via the incorporation of variable speed compressors into their heat pump systems.