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

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

Solar Panels are All Around Us [Photos]

Six photographs each telling its story of how solar panels are contributing to our daily lives. Continue reading

Solar PV Tariff Rate Changes, January 2015

Ofgem have announced new solar PV Feed in Tariff rates that will take effect from January 1st 2015. The new solar PV tariff rates will apply for the first quarter of 2015 and see rates for all bands under 50kW … Continue reading

Domestic RHI Growth Continues as Air Source Heat Pumps Have a Big Month in September

The latest Domestic Renewable Heat Update covers installations from September and shows new installations under the Domestic RHI continuing their month on month growth. Biomass continues to have the largest share of new installations under the Domestic RHI, with Air … Continue reading

Congratulations to Cernunnos on New Headquarters

September saw renewable heat installer Cernunnos launch new permanent headquarters in Newton, South Cambridgeshire. We’d just like to say congratulations on their successful opening. The launch tied in with the Cambridge Open Eco Homes event and around 100 people got … Continue reading

Renewable Heat Installations Under the Social Landlords Competition

Following up on our recent UK Domestic Renewable Heat Update, we were asked about data for the social housing sector. Since August 2011, funding has been available through the RHPP Social Landlords Competition in 3 phases. The RHPP Social Landlords … Continue reading

Tariffs for Small Commercial Biomass to Reduce by 10% From October 1st 2014

DECC has announced a 10% reduction to the small commercial biomass tariff under the non-domestic RHI. The new tariffs for the quarter starting October 1st 2014 see tariffs for small commercial biomass (less than 200 kWth) reduce from 8.4 and … Continue reading

Air Source Heat Pumps and Biomass Dominate New Domestic RHI Installations

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive was launched on April 9th, 2014. A new report from Green Business Watch has analysed the most recent application numbers from the scheme and highlights some interesting facts about the uptake of domestic renewable heat. … Continue reading

IEA Stresses the Need for Policy Certainty if Renewable Energy Momentum is to be Maintained

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report. It highlights continued success for renewables in 2013 and points to the need for policy certainty to sustain further growth. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

What is an Energy Performance Certificate?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a document which provides a visual statement of your home’s energy efficiency. The EPC is designed to give a quick reference as to how much the house is likely to cost to run. Continue reading

Solar PV Feed in Tariff Rates Remain Unchanged From October 2014

Solar Feed in Tariff rates across all bands are to remain unchanged for the 4th quarter of 2014. Under the degression mechanism built into the solar PV Feed in Tariff, rates are lowered each quarter providing that deployment targets have … Continue reading

How Much do Solar Panels Cost?

With returns from the Feed in Tariff (FiT) on top of energy savings, solar panels are a very attractive investment. But how much money do solar panels cost? Continue reading

How do Returns From FIT Compare With Other Household Investment Options?

Just how do you accurately compare the financial returns from solar or other renewable investments with the alternative vehicles you have for investing your money? Earlier this year, energy minister Greg Barker caused a bit of a stir when he … Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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