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July heatwave helps solar PV prove its worth

Britain’s stock of solar photovoltaic panels produced more electricity in July than during any other month, according to sources within the solar industry and official government figures. July 2013 has been one of the hottest, driest and sunniest on record. Added to the fact that solar panel installations in the UK now number more than 450,000, […]

Will solar panel anti dumping tariffs do more harm than good?

Following months of political wrangling, the European Commission has opened the door to a trade war with the second-largest economy in the world after imposing levies on Chinese solar panels. The commission believes that China is responsible for exporting solar panels to the European Union (EU) at sub-market rates. Although making a substantial loss on sales […]

Renewable energy global investment shrank in 2012

Data published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) shows that global investment in renewable sources of energy contracted in 2012. The figures suggest that governments around the world may have restricted green budgets, perhaps in response to worsening economic conditions. Last year, clean-energy investment fell by 11 per cent from the previous year, but 2012 […]

Concern over solar PV dodgy sales tactics

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has noted its concern over sales techniques employed by some domestic installers of solar photovoltaic panels, cavity wall insulation and other green products. The OFT believes some installers are pestering vulnerable members of society to purchase green products. Exaggerating the benefits of such products, unscrupulous installers have been accused […]

23,000 Welsh homes have solar PV DECC survey reveals

Data published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) suggest that some parts of Wales have embraced solar PV technology more readily than others. DECC calculates that more than 23,000 homes in Wales now benefit from solar photovoltaic panels, which are typically installed on rooftops to generate energy via sunlight. Converted into electricity […]

36% of Solar PV owners have had problems with FiTs

A survey has revealed that 36 per cent of people in the UK who own solar photovoltaic panels struggle to receive subsidies on time. Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) were introduced by the UK government on the 1st April 2010. Launched by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the scheme was intended to lower the […]

New technology converts solar energy into steam

As developers plan to convert hundreds of acres of British farmland into sites for solar photovoltaic panels, researchers in the US have published a paper on how solar power can be used at the smallest scales to produce steam for domestic and commercial applications. In South Molton, North Devon, planning permission for an 18-hectare solar […]

DECC launches measures to reduce energy consumption

Keen to demonstrate its commitment to the environment, the British Government has announced the launch of a series of measures that aim to cut energy consumption in the UK.  Published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Energy Efficiency Strategy predicts that energy consumption in the UK could be reduced by 11 […]

Carbon only solar PV panels developed by US scientists

Scientists in the US have announced the development of carbon-only solar photovoltaic panels. Using only carbon to build the panels should significantly reduce production costs, as indium and silver, two of the main components of conventional panels, are more expensive to source. Another major benefit of using carbon-only solar PV is that manufacturers should be able […]

Brighton eco-house constructed from waste to appear on Grand Designs

An architect based in Brighton is aiming to construct a building using only waste materials. Duncan Baker-Brown, a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton who co-founded BBM Sustainable Design, believes sufficient waste materials from the construction industry are available to construct the building, which would be the first of its kind in the UK. […]