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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

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

Quadrupling VAT on renewable energy systems including solar panels could backfire by putting customers off going ‘green’

By |2019-07-01T16:21:03+00:00July 2nd, 2019|News, Opinion, Solar, Solar and Battery|

A proposed quadrupling of the rate of VAT on renewable energy systems including solar panels could backfire by putting customers off going ‘green’, a leading energy expert has warned. David Jones, whose Denbigh-based Hafod Renewables are specialists in the installation of new ‘green’ technologies, says the increase from five to 20 per cent will have

Tesco pens PPA deal for 5MW of rooftop solar

By |2019-06-24T17:54:02+00:00June 30th, 2019|News, Solar, Solar and Battery|

Tesco is to install around 5MW of rooftop solar PV across its UK site portfolio after penning a PPA agreement. The supermarket giant has signed an agreement with SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust (SEEIT), which will provide financing for the sites. It’s the second major solar announcement from Tesco this year. In January Solar Power

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

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

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

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