Solar and Battery

UK records greenest ever winter as batteries used to sidestep Triads

By |2019-06-24T17:33:59+00:00June 25th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar and Battery|

The UK recorded its greenest ever winter in 2018/19, as mild conditions, high renewable output and system flexibility combined to send carbon intensity tumbling. National Grid ESO’s Winter Outlook document, published yesterday, revealed that the average carbon intensity of power generation over the period established a new record low of 242.8g CO2/kWh, almost half the

Power Outages and the Case for Solar + Storage

By |2019-06-24T17:31:19+00:00June 24th, 2019|Battery Storage, News, Solar and Battery|

Recent power outages related to wildfires and other weather-related events suggest that a battery storage system might be a sensible addition when installing a solar photovoltaic system. The cost of battery storage is dropping, and there are alternatives available to reduce the cost further. “The era of available electricity whenever and wherever needed is officially

Energy storage included in UK’s home solar feed-in tariff replacement policy

By |2019-06-17T18:04:55+00:00June 22nd, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Grid Balancing, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, News, Power Generation, Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), Solar, Solar and Battery|

Details have emerged of the UK's Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), which will see owners of small-scale solar facilities continue to be paid for surplus energy sent to the grid, aiming to close the policy gap left by the end of feed-in tariffs (FiTs), by the end of 2019. Details of the SEG have been much-awaited

Half Full? Radio 4 Analysis Gives me Grounds for Some Climate Optimism

By |2019-06-21T13:45:37+00:00June 21st, 2019|Blog, Energy and Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

Are you a glass half-empty or half-full sort of person? Which type are you? (Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay) How you are enormously changes how you receive information. I recently listened to an episode of Analysis on BBC Radio 4, and I was left feeling some real optimism about our climate future.

Shell: Subsidise batteries for faster flex

By |2019-06-17T17:48:55+00:00June 18th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Solar and Battery|

The UK government should consider targeted support for small-scale battery storage if it wants households to participate in a smarter, lower carbon energy system, according to Brian Davis, vice president, Energy Solutions at Shell International. Shell New Energies acquired German battery storage firm Sonnen in February. The company has deployed hundreds of megawatts of storage

Homes and businesses to be paid for exporting excess renewable energy to the grid

By |2019-06-17T17:46:13+00:00June 17th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), Solar, Solar and Battery|

The Smart Export Guarantee places a legal obligation on energy suppliers with more than 150,000 customers to introduce export tariffs by 1st January 2020 The government is introducing new laws that will ensure households and businesses with new small-scale renewable technologies, such as solar panels, are paid for exporting electricity to the grid. The Smart

Energy Storage Batteries May Help Reduce Coal Pollution

By |2019-06-10T12:16:13+00:00June 11th, 2019|Battery Storage, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, News, Solar, Solar and Battery|

Gov. Tony Evers caused a bit of a stir this year when he said Wisconsin should have a goal of generating carbon-free electricity by the year 2050. That would mean no coal-fired power plants in the state, and several other changes. Energy experts say one of those changes would likely involve more use of devices

Coal-free fortnight: Landmark record set as UK goes two weeks without coal

By |2019-06-03T14:13:14+00:00June 9th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Pollution, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar and Battery, Wind|

The UK has now gone a fortnight without coal, underpinning what has been a landmark month for the country’s energy mix. The record was confirmed by National Grid ESO at 3:12pm this afternoon, the moment it became clear that the UK would surpass two consecutive weeks without any coal-fired generation whatsoever. Having only gone a

Installers ‘battered’ by solar VAT increase and FiT removal, says MCS CEO

By |2019-06-03T14:07:13+00:00June 8th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, Feed In Tariff, FIT, News, Solar, Solar and Battery|

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is the latest to join a slew of calls for the proposed solar VAT hike to be scrapped. HMRC recently announced that VAT on energy saving materials, including solar panels and storage units, would effectively be increasing from 5% to 20% in circumstances where the cost of the materials exceeds

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