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Otter and Kingfisher are regular visitors to hydro system

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 16 March 2012 at 12:05 pm

Otter and Kingfisher are regular visitors to hydro system

The range of wildlife species has increased at Devon Wildlife Trust's (DWT) new offices at Cricklepit Mill, Exeter, since it  installed a hydro electricity system.  The impact on fish is often one of the greatest concerns for hydro installations - and one o…

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Installing a biomass boiler: what it's really like

Posted by Harvey Jones on 14 March 2012 at 8:01 am

Installing a biomass boiler: what it's really like

We’re off the mains gas grid so I chose biomass (wood chip) to replace our old oil-fired boiler as I wanted to be as CO2 neutral as possible. It also meant there was no possibility of a catastrophic heating-oil spill. Our old, cold house already had central heating with radiators and we wer…

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Standalone solar PV defined for feed-in tariffs

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 12 March 2012 at 9:16 am

Standalone solar PV defined for feed-in tariffs

There's quite a lot of confusion over what "standalone" means in the context of a solar PV system applying for the feed-in tariff.  Understanding the difference between standalone and on-site renewables is important as it makes quite a difference to the rate of generation tariff you get fro…

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Solar hot water and the missing washing machine

Posted by Alister Scott on 9 March 2012 at 10:20 am

Solar hot water and the missing washing machine

Ten years ago we installed solar hot water heating. It's been great, particularly as energy prices have gone up.  When we did it, I had one professor of environmental policy (who shall remain nameless) look down his nose at me and say "but surely it'll never be economic?" That was te…

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Response to feed-in consultation will make a real difference

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 7 March 2012 at 11:33 am

Response to feed-in consultation will make a real difference

"This is a genuine consultation," says Alex Weir, senior policy advisor, feed-in tariff review, DECC. "We are really interested to know what the costs [of installing solar PV] are and how they are changing. It is in everyone's interests that costs and tariffs come down together." Speaking at the …

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