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Why are wind turbines so ridiculously expensive?

Posted by David Hunt on 18 December 2012 at 3:22 pm

Why are wind turbines so ridiculously expensive?

Q: For £5,995+VAT (advert NFU Farmer & Grower page 69 July 2012) I can buy a 34kW diesel generator (four cylinder Cummins diesel engine, Stamford alternator, diesel tank, radiator, frame, controls etc) whereas a 6kW wind turbine costs >£20k. Why are wind turbines so expensive - the mast? - the …

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Forget the feed-in tariff; it's all about energy

Posted by David Hunt on 11 June 2012 at 9:04 am

Forget the feed-in tariff; it's all about energy

In the last few years the UK went solar panel crazy, with fantastic return on investment opportunities businesses and home-owners alike fell in love with feed-in tariffs and their lovely shiny solar panels. In the main that was a good thing. Businesses grew in the sector, lots of lovely green ene…

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Feed-in tariffs: the new landscape

Posted by David Hunt on 14 November 2011 at 4:31 am

Feed-in tariffs: the new landscape

So the dust is settling on a truly manic few weeks. From rumour and leaks to the final announcement, we now know what the new feed-in tariff (FIT) regime will be. Of course there is ongoing lobbying and campaigning to fight the depth of the tariff cut, and we’ll be playing our part in that campa…

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Government bottles permitted development rights for small wind

Posted by David Hunt on 7 October 2011 at 3:38 am

Government bottles permitted development rights for small wind

Once again the government has shown its weakness when it comes to decisions on planning permission and the green agenda and particularly when it comes to small wind turbines. To give credit where it is due, the recent addition of permitted development (PD) rights for the installation of d…

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Planning permission and building regulations: the rules for solar installations explained

Posted by David Hunt on 14 June 2011 at 9:50 am

Planning permission and building regulations: the rules for solar installations explained

Councils asking for planning permission, or building regulations applications for solar panel installations has been much in the press of late. Indeed much of that press has been linked to the campaign by YouGen and ourselves. The campaign has been picked up and supported by shadow climate change…

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