Solar panels and renewable energy: what are the costs and rewards in 2020?

By |2020-01-20T17:35:46+00:00January 25th, 2020|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, News, Power Generation, Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), Solar, Solar and Battery|

Find out how much solar panels cost and how much could you get paid for generating renewable electricity through the Smart Export Guarantee Big energy companies have to offer tariffs to pay customers who put renewable electricity they have generated into the grid, in a scheme known as the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG). But

Net zero carbon neighbourhood to be built in south Wales

By |2020-01-20T17:28:55+00:00January 24th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar, Solar and Battery|

One of the world’s first net zero carbon neighbourhoods will be constructed in Wales after Neath Port Talbot council approved the development of 35 homes able to generate more clean energy than they use. Development of the £8m project in Pontardawe in south Wales is expected to begin this spring. The residents of Parc

Trump government launches plan to become energy storage world leader by 2030

By |2020-01-20T17:06:29+00:00January 23rd, 2020|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar and Battery|

Energy Storage Grand Challenge aims to achieve global leadership with next-generation technology that does not require the importing of 'critical' raw materials President Donald Trump might believe that wind turbines cause cancer and that people can’t watch TV when the wind isn’t blowing, but that is not preventing his government from announcing plans to

I’m a Collapsologue – Who Knew?

By |2020-01-22T18:23:32+00:00January 22nd, 2020|Blog, Energy and Climate Change, News, Our Uncertain Future, Prepping and Collapse|

I learned two new words today, courtesy of an article linked to from the Positive Deep Adaptation group on Facebook, of which I'm a member. The article is ‘Collapsologie’: Constructing an Idea of How Things Fall Apart. Apparently French writers have defined 'Collapsologie' as the "applied and transdisciplinary science of collapse". Those who think

Almost 900 `excess deaths´ during 2019 heatwaves, official figures show

By |2020-01-20T16:57:08+00:00January 22nd, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News|

Almost 900 “excess deaths” are thought to have occurred during the heatwaves of summer 2019, official data shows. There were an estimated 892 excess deaths in the over-65s over summer last year, Public Health England (PHE) said. This is the number of deaths additional to those which were expected as per the baseline mortality.

Shell updates SEG to 3.5p/kWh days after scheme’s introduction

By |2020-01-20T16:40:14+00:00January 21st, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), Solar, Solar and Battery|

Shell Energy has boosted its Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) tariff to 3.5p per kWh, two days after the scheme was introduced. The supplier initially launched its pilot tariff at 0.001p per kWh, placing it last of the suppliers and barely above the requirement that tariffs be above 0p. However, it has now upgraded that

Ten ways you can turn your house into an eco-home in 2020

By |2020-01-20T16:35:34+00:00January 20th, 2020|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Opinion, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar and Battery|

Looking for ways to lower your carbon footprint this new year? Or maybe you’re just hoping to get your energy usage down after that eye-watering Christmas bill? Whatever the reason, make Greta Thunberg proud by following these ten steps to turn your existing house into a super-efficient eco-home. The dream of being able to

How many trees would you need to plant to offset your holiday flight?

By |2020-01-13T19:27:52+00:00January 19th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Pollution|

Holidaymakers are being shown how many trees they would need to plant to offset flight carbon emissions. The analysis by freight firm 1st Move International found an 826-mile return flight between Edinburgh and Amsterdam would require one tree, compared to 19 for a 12,400-mile round trip to Ko Samui or Phuket in Thailand. The

Climate change could render assets ‘worthless’, Bank of England governor warns

By |2020-01-13T19:13:28+00:00January 18th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Prepping and Collapse|

Financial sector ‘not moving fast enough’ to divest from fossil fuels, Mark Carney says Climate breakdown could render investments held by millions of people “worthless”, the outgoing governor of the Bank of England has warned. Mark Carney suggested the financial sector had not yet woken up to the looming crisis and was “not moving

I didn’t want to fly – so I took a cargo ship from Germany to Canada

By |2020-01-13T18:39:02+00:00January 17th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Opinion, Pollution|

A slow boat across the Atlantic plus a scenic train home to Vancouver add up to a hugely enjoyable three-week trip Are you a crew member?” the security guard asked, fixing me with a stare in the van’s rear-view mirror. “Passenger,” I replied. The guard gave me a quizzical look then muttered something to

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