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Solar Feed in Tariff Changes – October 2015

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New solar PV Feed in Tariff rates will come into effect from October 1st 2015. Rates will reduce for the bands up to 50 kW. The higher rate for installations up to 4kW will fall from 12.92p/kWh to 12.47p/kWh. Continue reading

Domestic Solar Panel Installation and Planning Permission – England

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This article refers to the planning requirements for Domestic Solar PV Installations in England. There are significant differences in the rules if your property is in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. Domestic Solar PV installations are considered ‘permitted development’* in … Continue reading

Solar Feed in Tariff Changes – July 2015

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New solar PV Feed in Tariff rates will come into effect from July 1st 2015. Rates will reduce for most bands with the higher rate for installations up to 4kW falling from 13.39p/kWh to 12.92p/kWh. Continue reading

How Does an Air Source Heat Pump Actually Work?

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Even “cold” air contains energy in the form of heat. This energy is used to heat a refrigerant and turn it to gas. The gas is compressed and then fed to a condenser where it releases heat to the heating system. Continue reading

Do Solar Panels Have to Face South to be Worth it in the UK?

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Solar panels get a lot of coverage these days and mostly there’s a prediction in there for how much you can earn on a South facing roof. But what if you don’t have a South facing roof? What if your … Continue reading

Concerned About Energy Bills? Solar Panels Might be the Answer

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Paying their home energy bills is the main worry for people in the UK, above their other serious household expenses. At least according to a recent Ernst & Young survey of 2,000 UK consumers: “Despite recent price reductions, it remains … Continue reading

Are Solar Panels Still Worth It With FiT at 13.39p?

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On the 1st of April, the Feed in Tariff for solar panels went to 13.39 p/kWh and we thought you might be wondering whether solar panels are still worth it at this tariff rate. Continue reading

FIT Installation Update – October to December 2014

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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. Continue reading

December Sees 1,730 Biomass Installations as Domestic RHI Installs Increase for 8th Month in a Row

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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. Continue reading

Are Domestic Solar Panels Still a Good Investment in 2014?

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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? Continue reading