Monthly Archives: July 2019

RIBA declares climate emergency saying it is architecture’s “biggest challenge”

By |2019-07-15T13:25:52+00:00July 15th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News|

The Royal Institute of British Architects has declared a state of climate emergency, committing to a five-year plan of action for climate change. The decision to formally acknowledge the role that architects have in causing climate change and alleviating it was made at a council meeting of the RIBA. Hurricane Irma (Image: Jo Pegram-Mills)

STA shines light on solar’s biodiversity benefits

By |2019-07-08T18:37:35+00:00July 14th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar, Solar and Battery|

Solar can help wildlife to thrive, a new tool aims to prove while also seeking to help industry with improving biodiversity of sites. Increasing the biodiversity of solar farms can help tackle both the climate emergency and the UK’s declining wildlife, the report, authored by the Solar Trade Association (STA), adds. Speaking at the launch

Net zero legislation becomes law in landmark moment for green economy

By |2019-07-08T18:33:52+00:00July 13th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar, Solar and Battery, Wind|

The UK has today passed a legally binding net zero emissions target into law, becoming the world’s first major economy to do so. After passing through the House of Lords without challenge, this morning Chris Skidmore, stand-in energy and clean growth minister, signed legislation committing the UK to eliminate its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

HMRC pushes steep VAT increase for new solar-battery systems

By |2019-07-08T18:27:01+00:00July 12th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar, Solar and Battery|

Treasury proposes rise from 5% to 20%, while the tax on coal will stay at lower rate Homes hoping to shrink their carbon footprints by installing a solar-battery system face a steep VAT increase from October under new laws proposed by HMRC. The Treasury put forward legislation on Monday to raise VAT for home solar-battery

New research finds battery storage can save families money

By |2019-07-08T18:20:07+00:00July 10th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar, Solar and Battery|

New research from an Adelaide university has found that battery power storage has reached a tipping point where it’s worth the investment and can save families money. Samantha Corns' family-of-five uses batteries to power their home and said they are "basically living off the grid." The battery, which stores energy generated by her rooftop solar

GE gas plant to close 20 years early, become battery storage site — sign of the times?

By |2019-07-08T18:13:30+00:00July 8th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Solar and Battery|

General Electric will demolish a California natural gas-fired plant with 20 years remaining in its useful life, deeming the plant “uneconomical” as inexpensive solar and wind grab a larger share of power in the state. The Inland Empire Energy Center (IEEC), a 750 megawatt plant, is slated for closure by the end of the year.

Solar and storage VAT legislation moves forward despite strong opposition

By |2019-07-01T16:35:54+00:00July 7th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar, Solar and Battery|

Legislation to increase the rate of VAT attached to solar panels and home batteries to 20% move forward yesterday following a legislation committee hearing that included accusations of government errors and “bombast and windbaggery”. Yesterday (Monday 24 June) legislation was put forward containing the VAT increase, which will see tax on home solar and battery

Citizens’ Assembly to advise government committees on net zero pathways

By |2019-07-01T16:33:05+00:00July 6th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery, Wind|

A Citizens’ Assembly on climate change and achieving net zero has been announced by six of the government's select committees. The Assembly will bring together a group of citizens to discuss – and reach a conclusion on - a net zero pathway. A report will be produced after all the sessions are over, with the

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