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Coping with the feed-in tariff cuts

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 13 February 2012 at 7:54 am

Coping with the feed-in tariff cuts

The feed-in tariff rates (FiT) rates for solar installations have been cut by half. Since the announcement last year, many working in industry have prophesised that DECC has killed the industry dead. But has it? The ongoing saga and debate surrounding these changes shows just how it important …

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Feed-in tariff consultation offers hope for community energy projects

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 10 February 2012 at 3:53 pm

Feed-in tariff consultation offers hope for community energy projects

The government is seeking views on how to define 'community' microgeneration installations, and how those who fall into the new definition could benefit from the feed-in tariff. It's looking at three areas in its consultation, announced yesterday: social enterprise, charities and social housing and…

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New proposals for the solar PV feed-in tariff and what they mean for microgenerators

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 9 February 2012 at 5:19 pm

New proposals for the solar PV feed-in tariff and what they mean for microgenerators

Last year the government announced that the feed-in tariff rates for solar PV would be cut in half from 1 April. Today it announced that it plans to make two more significant cuts in rates this year. The consultation on cost control for solar PV FITs has some good ideas for the future of the sola…

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Energy efficiency criteria for solar PV feed-in tariff lacks clarity

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 9 February 2012 at 12:42 pm

NB: The position is now clear. Solar PV will count towards EPC level D. Click here to read more. It's not clear whether or not newly installed solar PV panels are included in the new energy efficiency requirement of the feed-in tariff. The government has confirmed that a level D energy perfo…

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Feed-in tariff changes confirmed

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 9 February 2012 at 12:21 pm

Feed-in tariff changes confirmed

The government's response to phase 1 of the consultation on solar PV feed-in tariff rates was published this morning. The feed-in tariff rates The 21p rate of feed-in tariff has been confirmed  for solar panel installations of up to and including 4kW with an eligibility date on or after…

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Fiddling the feed-in tariff: prosecutions will follow...

Posted by John Martin on 8 February 2012 at 9:34 am

Fiddling the feed-in tariff: prosecutions will follow...

It has become apparent that a number of companies have committed fraud by submitting feed-in tariff (FIT) applications (or getting the consumer to do so) without actually having installed the equipment. This has clearly been driven by the change of FIT rates announced and the eligibility date…

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Make sure your biomass stove or boiler is not poisoning you

Posted by Laurence Jones on 6 February 2012 at 9:08 am

Make sure your biomass stove or boiler is not poisoning you

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas. It is produced by incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels. CO has no taste, smell or colour and can be present in the fumes (combustion products) of gas, oil, solid mineral fuel or biomass burning appliances. If a biomass stove or boiler is correctly inst…

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Buyer beware as rogue solar installers claim 43.3p feed-in tariff

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 3 February 2012 at 10:20 am

Buyer beware as rogue solar installers claim 43.3p feed-in tariff

A disreputable minority of solar panel installers are exploiting the confusion over the feed-in tariff caused by recent legal action, and promising returns that they may not be able to guarantee. These installers are promising that the rate of government subsidy on solar PV panels will be 43.3p p…

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How to maximise the benefit of secondary glazing

Posted by Simon Forsyth on 2 February 2012 at 9:35 am

How to maximise the benefit of secondary glazing

Q: Our property is old and the windows are not double glazed but made of oak and have 6 - 8 panes per each half of the window. Any ideas about secondary double glazing appreciated. A: Thinking back to first principles, the aim is to stop 'coolth' getting into the room - draughts of c…

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UK green media agrees blackout on rogue solar PV companies

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 31 January 2012 at 11:01 am

UK green media agrees blackout on rogue solar PV companies

The UK's five leading green media companies have joined together to impose a voluntary blackout of renewable energy companies looking to exploit consumer confusion surrounding the Feed-in Tariff. The network of the biggest online sites is to create and maintain a blacklist of companies that will …

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Get the best out of your renewable energy system: make sure your installer tells you how

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 30 January 2012 at 9:18 am

Get the best out of your renewable energy system: make sure your installer tells you how

Renewable energy installers are failing to help consumers understand the value of their system or how to get the best out of it (and thus maximise the return on their investment). Research by Consumer Focus and the Energy Saving Trust found that while value for money is more of an influence on ch…

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Government loses feed-in tariff appeal, but uncertainty continues

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 26 January 2012 at 9:54 am

Government loses feed-in tariff appeal, but uncertainty continues

While the government failed to overturn last month's ruling that its rushed cuts to the feed-in tariff for solar PV are unlawful yesterday, the uncertainty over the rates still exists. As soon as the unanimous verdict was announced in the Court of Appeal, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climat…

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Living with an air source heat pump

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 24 January 2012 at 7:54 pm

Living with an air source heat pump

I regularly write about air source heat pumps, but until recently my knowledge was only academic, but on a recent trip to New Zealand I discovered what they are actually like to live with. At least three of the houses we stayed in were heated by an air to air heat pump. This means that the heat …

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10 things you need to know before installing solar PV

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 23 January 2012 at 9:04 am

10 things you need to know before installing solar PV

It's a time of confusion in the solar market, so it's especially important to do a bit of research and know what's what, so that the dodgy installers (who are in the minority, but often have big marketing budgets) don't pull the wool over your eyes. I'm writing this because a letter making seriou…

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Solar PV: readers' tip of the month

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 20 January 2012 at 3:48 pm

Solar PV: readers' tip of the month

Apart from installing a Clearview Log Burning stove, and living in an above average insulated property, Solar PV is my first major investment in environmentally friendly capital purchases. There are inevitably many 'cowboys' in the solar PV industry, and I have come across one. PV Solar UK Ltd cl…

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Solar security: grid connection and batteries give the best of both worlds

Posted by Nick Roach on 20 January 2012 at 9:49 am

Solar security: grid connection and batteries give the best of both worlds

We’re pioneer microgenerators who installed PV in 2006 before the feed-in tariff or the spurious ‘when do I get my money back’ argument appeared on the scene. We live in a rural area with no mains gas, with overhead power cables flapping around in ever more frequent storms; we are s…

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Solar PV: where we stand as consumers in all the chaos (updated)

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 19 January 2012 at 4:49 pm

Solar PV: where we stand as consumers in all the chaos (updated)

Much of the uncertainty around the feed-in tariff rates for solar PV has lessened thanks to today's written ministerial statement from DECC. The government has laid a licence before Parliament to modify the Energy Act, with the result that any solar PV installations with an eligibility date on or…

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Act now: insulation will never be so cheap again

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 19 January 2012 at 9:03 am

Act now: insulation will never be so cheap again

Loft and cavity wall insulation have been heavily subsidised for years now, but this year, the carbon emission reduction scheme (CERT) comes to an end, to be replaced by a loan scheme (the green deal). Insulation is the number one thing that will make your house warmer and more comfortable - and red…

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Solar PV: where we stand as consumers in all the chaos

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 17 January 2012 at 9:43 am

Solar PV: where we stand as consumers in all the chaos

The rate of return on solar panels is currently in a state of flux, since the High Court found that proposed changes to the feed-in tariff were 'unlawful'. Now the government is appealing the decision, the uncertainty has been extended. So what does that mean for someone who wants to buy solar pa…

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How a ground source heat pump works (video)

Posted by John Barker-Brown on 16 January 2012 at 8:15 am

This introduction to how a heat pump works will be of considerable interest to people who are thinking of installing a ground source heat pump at home or at work. Made by Kensa Heat Pumps it is one of a series of short videos aimed at educating installers of ground source heat pumps, or those lookin…

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