Solar PV Feed-In Tariffs may have to be extended

January 04, 2012

1st May 2012

Supreme Court rejects government’s feed-in tariff solar appeal

The Supreme Court has thrown out the government’s appeal against a previous ruling that deemed its controversial changes to solar feed-in tariff (FIT) incentives as unlawful.

The decision brings to a close a long-running legal saga, and confirms that solar installations completed between 12 December last year and 4 March this year will receive the original 43p/kWh rate, rather than the 21p/kWh rate proposed by the government.

The ruling ends months of uncertainty for the solar industry. It ensures that companies and households that installed solar panels prior to 4 March will receive the feed-in tariff rate they anticipated when originally approving projects.

However, the decision, which marks the third legal defeat for the… Read More

UK government announces “Green Deal” to cut fuel bills

November 24, 2011

As bills rise and green subsidies are cut, politicians are looking for ways to reduce our bills - and emissions - at no cost. The government’s solution is insulating buildings - saving money and even creating jobs to do the work.
But insulation is expensive to put in. The government hopes its “Green Deal” will encourage private investors to offer cheap loans for the work.

But will the carrot work or is a stick - and some state money - also needed? State support for energy efficiency measures to help cut bills will not increase significantly.

Instead, everything depends on consumers wanting to borrow money, and lenders wanting to give it to us. The government wants 14 million households to sign up by 2020 - involving up to £100bn and creating up to 65,000 jobs by 2015. “We don’t know if the financial mechanism… Read More

The facts about Energy Performance Certificates and why you need them

November 11, 2011

Energy Performance Certificates – what they are?

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) give information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. All homes bought, sold or rented require an EPC. They last for ten years.

Energy Efficiency
Example of energy efficiency rating graph for homes

Energy Performance Certificates – what they tell you

Your EPCs will contain:

  • Information on your home’s energy use and carbon dioxide emissions
  • A recommendation report with suggestions to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions

Here is an example of a typical EPC certificate from the Communities and Local Government website.

Energy use and carbon dioxide emissions

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Why it’s so important to only use an MCS accredited solar installer

November 08, 2011

The MCS certificates microgeneration technologies used to produce electricity and heat from renewable sources. It is an EN45011 certification scheme which complies with the government criteria for eligibility to access financial incentives. Installer certification entails assessing the supply, design, installation, set-to-work and commissioning of renewable microgeneration technologies.

The MCS is also linked to financial incentives, which include Feed in Tariffs. If your installer is not MCS accredited then your installation will not qualify for any of the Feed-in Tariff grants.

The UK is committed to delivering its share of the EU target for 20% of energy from renewable sources by 2020. Achieving Government targets could provide £100 billion worth of investment opportunities and up to half a million jobs in the renewable energy sector by 2020.

50% of all our energy is used for heating and hot water and 75% of domestic households’ energy consumption is for… Read More

What do the changes to the Feed-in Tariff mean for you?

November 08, 2011

On 31st October 2011 the Department for Energy and Climate Change announced a change in the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme for people hoping to install solar.

First, what will the cuts mean in financial terms to consumers?

The FiT work by guaranteeing homeowners, community schemes and businesses a payment for each unit (kilowatt hour) of power generated by their solar system. The rate – currently set at 43.3p for domestic-scale systems – is fixed at the time of installation and then guaranteed, and linked to inflation, for 25 years. This rate is guaranteed for any system fully installed and approved by 12th December 2011.

In addition, the FiT provide a small extra payment (currently 3p) for each unit of power exported to the grid, as opposed to consumed within the building. However, the benefits are greatest when the power is required in the building. That’s because the bill savings (more than 10p per unit, depending on your tariff) are worth more than the… Read More

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