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Green Deal is set to be a great success!

Posted by Adrian Wright on 5 July 2012 at 11:03 am

Green Deal is set to be a great success!

Sorry! I had to start the blog with a positive title about Green Deal in the hope that it may make it into my daily "green deal" Google alert email to counter all of the depressing negativity that usually fills the headlines.   Every man and his dog has jumped on the &lsq…

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What happens to the feed-in tariff when you sell your house

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 3 July 2012 at 9:08 am

What happens to the feed-in tariff when you sell your house

I recently spoke to someone who installed solar PV when the feed-in tariff rate was 43p per kWh for small systems. They had been told by an EDF customer service person that when they sold their house, the new owner would have a new contract with EDF and wouldn't be eligible for the same tariff level…

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SMEs can participate in the Green Deal on their own terms with launch of new organisation

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 2 July 2012 at 8:53 am

SMEs can participate in the Green Deal on their own terms with launch of new organisation

What's in it for SMEs? is a regular lament about the Green Deal. Businesses are concerned that they will be given small pickings around the edges, and their margins will be squeezed to breaking point, and quality will fly out the window. Well all this doom mongering may not come to pass, as a gro…

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Why you should service your biomass boiler

Posted by Gabriel Wondrausch on 29 June 2012 at 9:40 am

Why you should service your biomass boiler

A biomass boiler is classed as a solid fuel appliance and as such produces a waste product, apart from flue emissions, this waste is ash. Ash production is around 3% for wood chips at 30% moisture content and much lower for pellets at around 1%. Ash is a highly insulative material and due…

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Finance is available for businesses to install renewable heat

Posted by Mark Henderson on 28 June 2012 at 10:31 am

Finance is available for businesses to install renewable heat

Finance for the up-front costs of installing renewable heat technologies is now available for businesses and other organisations thanks to a new collaboration between The Carbon Trust and Siemens. The Energy Efficiency Financing (EEF) scheme offers low-cost leases, loans and other financing opti…

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Solar thermal and other renewable technologies: what our readers say

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 26 June 2012 at 12:05 pm

Solar thermal and other renewable technologies: what our readers say

This month the stories from readers that I like best all talk about solar thermal in some way or another. During the feed-in tariff frenzy it somehow became the poor relation to solar PV, whereas before FiTs it was the better seller. What comes over loud and clear below is that once you've got solar…

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The UK's power-hungry secrets are revealed

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 26 June 2012 at 9:16 am

The UK's power-hungry secrets are revealed

Two really can live as cheaply as one when it comes to electricity bills. New research published today by the Energy Saving Trust found that one person households use as much, and sometimes more, energy as typical families on particular appliances. These include cooking and laundry. Powering the …

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Time for an Energy Bill Revolution

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 25 June 2012 at 10:53 am

Time for an Energy Bill Revolution

Energy bills take up a bigger and bigger proportion household income. They have risen by 140% in eight years,  and recently British Gas's boss promised that they will be continuing on their upward trajectory. High energy bills come with all sorts of associated problems, and this is why we've jo…

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Wattson Solar Plus brings electricity use and generation to life

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 25 June 2012 at 9:36 am

Wattson Solar Plus brings electricity use and generation to life

Earlier this year I wrote about how the Wattson* Solar Plus energy monitor helps me make the most of my solar generated electricity by letting me know when I'm generating more electricity than I'm using. I just have to look over, see if it's glowing green, and if so I turn on the washing machine. Re…

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Why the Renewable Heat Incentive is an opportunity too good to miss

Posted by Mark Henderson on 22 June 2012 at 9:47 am

Why the Renewable Heat Incentive  is an opportunity too good to miss

Despite attractive and near-certain returns on investment, take-up of the renewable heat incentive (RHI) far has been very low so far. If the opportunity is too good to miss, what is holding it back?  The world’s first renewable heat incentive (RHI) scheme has been open to applican…

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Eco guest house is first business in Wales to benefit from RHI

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 20 June 2012 at 10:17 am

Eco guest house is first business in Wales to benefit from RHI

A biomass boiler, solar PV and solar thermal are all the result of a Welsh guest house's belief that you should be able to enjoy a holiday without damaging the environment. Installation of the boiler means the guest house has become the first business in Wales to benefit from the Renewable Heat Ince…

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Air source heat pumps make sense without the RHI!

Posted by Chris Davis on 18 June 2012 at 9:09 am

Air source heat pumps make sense without the RHI!

The delay of the domestic portion of the renewable heat incentive (RHI) to summer 2013 may have been disappointing for some customers looking for this as a call to action to upgrade their ageing heating systems. However, with oil prices continuing to rise, increasingly the financial argument for…

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Financial help is available for wood burning boilers

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 15 June 2012 at 10:04 am

Financial help is available for wood burning boilers

Q: Could you point us in the right direction in regards to having an external wood burning boiler installed (for heat and hot water), and would it be covered under a FIT scheme like our solar PV system? A:  Interest in wood burning boilers - also known as biomass boilers - is on the increase…

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Why is solar PV marketed on efficiency, not yield?

Posted by Ian Smith on 14 June 2012 at 11:06 am

Why is solar PV marketed on efficiency, not yield?

I was struck going round Ecobuild in March, not just by the sheer number of exhibitors of PV panels, but by their marketing.  The vast majority were prominently promoting the efficiency of their cells or panels but very few were promoting energy yield at all - and none that I could see for …

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Permitted development rules for non-domestic solar are open to interpretation

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 12 June 2012 at 3:15 pm

Permitted development rules for non-domestic solar are open to interpretation

Q: The wording of the permitted development legislation for non-domestic solar installations 2012, No 748, paragraph 43. A1 (c ) says that development is not permitted if: the solar PV or solar thermal equipment would be installed on a roof and within 1m of the external edge of that roof. It's not …

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45 measures, including renewables, eligible for Green Deal from launch

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 11 June 2012 at 6:14 pm

45 measures, including renewables, eligible for Green Deal from launch

**For the most up-to-date information about the Green Deal, please see our dedicated Green Deal information page.  Renewable energy technologies will be included in the Green Deal it was announced today. While they are unlikely to meet the Golden Rule (the cost of installation can be pai…

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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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Does solar hot water work with a combi-boiler?

Posted by Paul Hutchens on 8 June 2012 at 9:05 am

Does solar hot water work with a combi-boiler?

Q: We are about to install a new combi boiler. We also want to install a solar water and CH system. Would like to use an unvented solar store with heat exchanger coil to CH flow on combi (with temperature controlled diverter valve) and the mains pressure cold feed through a heat exchanger in solar s…

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My electricity meter is running backwards: who is responsible?

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 6 June 2012 at 10:05 am

My electricity meter is running backwards: who is responsible?

Q: My solar PV clients are seeing their electricity meters running backward now that the days are longer, and they are unsure how they should treat this with their electricity supplier now that they have become aware. My understanding is that the supplier remains responsible for accurately m…

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How to switch your feed-in tariff (FIT) provider

Posted by Kate Turner on 1 June 2012 at 10:45 am

How to switch your feed-in tariff (FIT) provider

The Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme has been running for over two years now, and more than 250,000 installations have been registered since it was launched in 2010. But what happens when the service from the FIT provider isn’t up to scratch and you decide to change your FIT provider? How easy is i…

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