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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

Get up to £7,600 From the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) launched on 9th June 2014 and will see householders claiming up to £7,600 for making energy efficient changes to their homes. Continue reading

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Guide Launched

This is just a really quick post to let people know that we have just launched our Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Guide. The Domestic RHI Guide is the latest in a series of guides we have prepared covering renewable energy, … Continue reading

Solar Panel Grants in the UK

We take a look at the main, nationwide schemes that will provide funding for people to buy and install solar panels on their homes. Continue reading

DETINI Propose Massive Cuts in Support for Northern Ireland Solar

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Northern Ireland have released proposed changes to the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO) as part of the small scale banding review consultation. The consultation is part of an ongoing process that sees banding … Continue reading

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? Continue reading

Solar Feed in Tariff Changes, July 2014

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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