• Alastair Kay

    Alastair is Editor of Green Business Watch. He writes on all areas of Green Business with a particular interest in green energy, green buildings and renewable technologies for the home and business. Google+

    FIT Installation Update - October to December 2014
    The fourth quarter of 2014 was a strong end to a strong year for the UK Feed in Tariff scheme and saw installations reach 560,825 and a total installed capacity of 2,988.46 MW.
    December Sees 1,730 Biomass Installations as Domestic RHI Installs Increase for 8th Month in a Row
    December was another record month under the Domestic RHI. New installations have increased for the 8th month in a row with biomass dominating the figures spectacularly.
    Are Domestic Solar Panels Still a Good Investment in 2014?
    Given that your solar panel system could have earned you 41.3p/kWh in 2010 and will only earn 14.38p/kWh if you get it installed today, is it still a good investment?
    Solar PV Tariff Rate Changes, January 2015
    Domestic RHI Growth Continues as Air Source Heat Pumps Have a Big Month in September
    Congratulations to Cernunnos on New Headquarters
    Renewable Heat Installations Under the Social Landlords Competition
    Tariffs for Small Commercial Biomass to Reduce by 10% From October 1st 2014
    How Solar Panels Work [infographic]
    Many UK homes have been generating their own electricity, saving on bills and earning income with solar panels. But if you've ever wondered how solar panels work, here is a quick visual guide.
    Solar PV Feed in Tariff Rates Remain Unchanged From October 2014
    Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Closed
    On July 24th, 2014 just short of 7 weeks after the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund was launched, DECC announced that the fund is now closed for applications.
    Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Guide Launched
    DETINI Propose Massive Cuts in Support for Northern Ireland Solar
    Solar FIT - What do Higher, Middle and Lower Rates Mean?
    If you've ever come across the solar Feed in Tariff rates table, you'll have seen several rates depending on the size of the installation and further divided into higher, middle and lower rate tariffs. So, what do 'higher', 'middle', and 'lower' rates mean and when do they apply?
    Solar Feed in Tariff Changes, July 2014
    Solar PV Costs Fall Sharply as Renewables Account For 43.6% of New Capacity in 2013
    10 Facts to Show the Awesome Energy Potential of the Sun
    Our latest cartoon and 10 awe inspiring facts about the energy potential of the Sun. It's hard to see which part of this it is that we can't understand.
    Budget 2014: Has The Government Abandoned Green Business?
    UK Drops in Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index
    The recent release of the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) by global consultancy EY has seen the UK drop one from 4th to 5th.
    New Report: Greening the Economy Can and Must Underpin UK Recovery
    A new report from the University College London Green Economic Policy Commission today outlines how a green economic strategy can strengthen the UK economy.
    VIDEO: Watch Years of Decline in Older Arctic Sea Ice
    This video from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a progressive and worrying decline in older, more established ice in the Arctic.
    New 2014 Feed in Tariff Rates Announced for Non Solar Technologies
    January 31st, saw Ofgem publish new 2014 Feed in Tariff rates for non solar PV technologies including wind, hydro, CHP and anaerobic digestion.
    Solar Feed in Tariff Changes, April 2014
    Ofgem has announced changes to the solar pv Feed in Tariff rates for the second quarter of 2014. The new rates will take effect from April 1st 2014 and have been adjusted by the annual RPI rate of 2.7 percent.
    UK Renewable Electricity Generation Grows Nearly Fourfold in Decade
    From 2002 to 2012, UK electricity generated from renewable sources has grown nearly fourfold with that growth accelerating in the last 2 years.
    UK Feed in Tariff Rates 2016 - All Technologies
    Current and 2015 Feed in Tariff rates for the various technologies under the FIT scheme. UK Feed in Tariff rates for Solar PV, Wind, Hydro, Micro CHP and Anaerobic Digestion. This page will be updated as new rates are announced.
    What Are These Green Levies? And What Are Their Impact On Your Energy Bills?
    Energy prices seem never to be out of the news these last few weeks and there is a lot of talk about "green levies". So, what environmental costs are part of our bills and what are their effects?
    Solar Feed in Tariff Changes, January 2014
    The government has announced new Feed in Tariff rates to apply for solar PV installations from January 1st 2014. This round sees little change for smaller scale installations typical of the domestic market. The bands for installations above 50kW see reductions of 3.5%.
    Energy Prices Are Freezing [cartoon]
    It turns out that energy prices are freezing. In more ways than one.
    FIT Installation Update, July – September 2013
    September 2013 saw installations under the UK Feed in Tariff scheme reach 421,963 and a total installed capacity of 2,088.62 MW. The third quarter of 2013 had 25,959 installations accounting for 171.16 MW of added renewable energy generation capacity.
    Price Freeze Speculation and Fixed Price Energy Promotions
    Energy companies are queuing up to cash in on the announcement by the leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband that the party would freeze energy bills if they were elected and using it to promote their fixed price deals.
    Photovoltaic Solar Panels Guide (Solar PV)
    Feed in Tariff (FIT) Guide
    Energy Storage Projects Finally Taking Off
    In just the last six months there have been 38 new energy storage projects announced or started. These projects are now part of more than 600 worldwide projects designed to advance energy storage technologies.
    FIT Installation Update, April - June 2013
    June 2013 saw installations under the Feed in Tariff scheme reach 398,188 and a total installed capacity of 1918.15 MW. This report analyses Feed in Tariff data on confirmed installations for April 2013 to June 2013.
    UK Domestic RHI Questions and Answers
    Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Guide
    UK Feed in Tariff [infographic]
    This infographic gives a great visual summary of the story so far, after 3 years of the UK Feed in Tariff scheme.
    UK Solar Feed in Tariff Rate Changes July 2013
    Solar Feed in Tariff rates are to change from July 1st. The new solar Feed in Tariff rates will take effect from July 1st and run until the 30th of September. Rates for larger scale installations (over 50 kW) remain unchanged having reduced in the last round. FIT rates for solar installations under 50 kW will see reductions of around 3.5%.
    FIT Data Analysis April 2010 to March 2013
    Impact of Climate Policies on Energy Bills [infographic]
    UK climate and energy policies are helping to reduce our household energy bills. This graffic shows the expected costs from various climate and energy policies, the savings they create and their effects on our average energy bills.
    How Green Energy Policies Reduce Energy Bills
    Green energy policies do not come without a cost. Recent research from DECC, however, shows the net effect of these policies is to reduce our bills. This is good news given the continued trend of rising energy prices.
    Household Consumption and the Emissions We Generate
    UK Solar Feed in Tariff Rate Changes March 2013
    Solar Feed in Tariff rate changes due to come into effect will see a modest decrease in tariff rates for solar installations larger than 50kW. For smaller scale installations the FIT rate remains the same, for now.
    Not Flying Will Not Reduce Emissions?