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Solar FIT – What do Higher, Middle and Lower Rates Mean?

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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? Continue reading

Solar Feed in Tariff Changes, July 2014

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New solar PV Feed in Tariff rates come into effect from July 1st 2014. Rates remain unchanged for lower capacity installations that apply to the bulk of domestic installs under the Feed in Tariff.  The lower rate tariff, which applies … Continue reading

Solar PV Costs Fall Sharply as Renewables Account For 43.6% of New Capacity in 2013

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2013 was a big year for renewable energy worldwide with 43.6% of new energy generating capacity being from renewables. This is despite a drop in investment for the second year running. Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014 is the … Continue reading

Cavity Wall Insulation – A Brief Guide

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More than a third of heat loss from an uninsulated home occurs through the walls, so cavity wall insulation should be high on the list of priorities for any householder with a suitable home. With some funding available to reduce the … Continue reading

10 Facts to Show the Awesome Energy Potential of the Sun

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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. Continue reading

Renewable Heat Incentive Finally Available For Domestic Use

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Ofgem has announced that the long awaited Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is now available for domestic users from today. It is hoped that the scheme, which involves the use of a tariff for the production of renewable heat, will encourage … Continue reading

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive is Open?

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It looks like the Sunday Times were right and the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive is finally set to open for business today. We haven’t seen an official announcement yet but Ofgem has updated its page on the Domestic RHI.  Ofgem … Continue reading

How Much Do You Know About Insulation?

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Insulation makes perfect sense for anyone looking to create a greener, more energy efficient building, and it should be your first step on the road to a low carbon home. After all, there is little point in spending money to … Continue reading

Budget 2014: Has The Government Abandoned Green Business?

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Has Budget 2014 seen the government continue the abandonment of its green credentials and bow to the simplistic message pushed by polluting industries? Probably the key budget announcement affecting green business was a freezing of the carbon price floor. The carbon … Continue reading

UK Drops in Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index

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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. Continue reading

Northern Ireland ROCs – Tariff Rates 2014

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The NIRO allows businesses and householders to generate their own electricity and receive payments via Renewables Obligation Certificates. Continue reading

New Report: Greening the Economy Can and Must Underpin UK Recovery

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A new report from the University College London Green Economic Policy Commission today outlines how a green economic strategy can strengthen the UK economy. Continue reading

VIDEO: Watch Years of Decline in Older Arctic Sea Ice

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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. Continue reading

Heat Pump Guides

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Ground and air source heat pumps are increasingly popular options throughout the UK. They allow homes and businesses to reduce the cost of heating bills and reduce emissions. We’ve recently updated our guides section with guides on both Ground Source … Continue reading

New 2014 Feed in Tariff Rates Announced for Non Solar Technologies

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January 31st, saw Ofgem publish new 2014 Feed in Tariff rates for non solar PV technologies including wind, hydro, CHP and anaerobic digestion. Continue reading

Solar Feed in Tariff Changes, April 2014

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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. Continue reading

Green Deal: Control Your Heating

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Once you have done all you can to improve the efficiency of your home through insulation and heat loss reduction, you can start to think about the way you are heating your home. A homes heating bill is typically the … Continue reading

Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO) – FIT in Northern Ireland

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If you live or run a business in Northern Ireland, you might be wondering whether you can get involved in the Feed in Tariff (FIT) scheme and what other incentives are available. Continue reading

Green Deal: Insulation and Draft Proofing

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Before you start thinking about renewable energy, it is important to make your home as efficient as possible. This means making it as draught proof and as well insulated as you can. Continue reading

UK Renewable Electricity Generation Grows Nearly Fourfold in Decade

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From 2002 to 2012, UK electricity generated from renewable sources has grown nearly fourfold with that growth accelerating in the last 2 years. Continue reading

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