Solar

Lib Dems unveil manifesto, pledging to remove barriers to solar

By |2019-12-10T14:49:09+00:00December 10th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Solar, Solar and Battery|

The Liberal Democrats party has released its manifesto for the upcoming general election, promising to ramp up support for renewables. Under a Lib Dem leadership, community and decentralised energy would be expanded, with a requirement for all new homes to be fitted with solar panels, and support for councils to develop local electricity generation.

OPINION: Solar and battery storage: A clean solution to a dirty problem

By |2019-12-03T10:34:53+00:00December 6th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Opinion, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar and Battery|

You can hear—and smell—them everywhere you go in the world’s poorest countries. Diesel-burning back-up generators wail through neighborhoods at all hours, cough noxious pollutants into the air, and account for a disproportionate amount of consumers’ spending on electricity. For decades, back-up generators have been the only real alternative to unreliable electric grids. But what

Powering the investment case for battery storage

By |2019-12-03T10:19:20+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar and Battery|

The U.K. government was the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050. But to achieve this ambition is going to take some major changes – not least of which to the U.K.’s power network. According to energy market analyst, Aurora Energy Research for

Power to the people: how suburban solar could become the Uber of the energy grid

By |2019-12-03T10:20:17+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar and Battery|

Australians are embracing the ‘virtual power plant’, which advocates say can protect the grid, save money and combat the climate crisis Power to the people might remain a political pipe dream, but changes taking place in the energy market across Australia are making suburban homeowners the unlikely disruptors in an Uber-style revolution that promises

Solar tops list of renewables approved by public with 85% support in run up to GE

By |2019-11-29T18:19:28+00:00November 27th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar, Solar and Battery|

Solar has continued to be the most popular renewable technology with the public as of September 2019, a factor which must be considered by any prospective government the industry has said. Statistics released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) shows solar has an 85% approval rate with the public. The

GE2019: Inside The Green Party’s Green New Deal

By |2019-11-29T18:22:45+00:00November 26th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar and Battery, Wind|

The Green Party today launched its manifesto for the 12 December election, which hinges on its Green New Deal. This builds on the party’s previous pledges to reduce emissions, making the UK carbon neutral by 2030 and invest £100 billion a year for the next decade in climate action. This will form the basis

Solar power and the ‘climate election’: the parties’ energy pledges so far

By |2019-11-18T13:16:06+00:00November 20th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar and Battery, Wind|

As the UK prepares for yet another election, following the dissolution of parliament in the early hours yesterday, pledges for increased solar power are notable in almost all the major party's campaigns. The Green Party has called of the country to make the election on the 12 December the climate election. Unsurprisingly therefore, they have

Preparing for a Power Cut

By |2019-11-29T18:37:55+00:00November 18th, 2019|Battery Storage, Blog, Energy and Climate Change, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, Off Grid, Power Cut, Power Generation, PowerBanx, Powerwall, Sofar Solar, Solar, Solar and Battery, Tesla, Victron, Wildfires|

When recently I was notified of an upcoming planned power cut I decided to look into the best ways to get prepared. Until recent years it was uncommon to experience power cuts of any significant duration in Western countries, but that situation is starting to change. A big driver, of course, is climate change

My Experience of a Sustained Power Cut

By |2019-11-29T18:41:46+00:00November 15th, 2019|Battery Storage, Blog, Energy and Climate Change, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, Power Cut, Power Generation, PowerBanx, Pylontech, Solar, Solar and Battery, Victron|

Earlier this week our home had a long power cut and I recorded my experience in a video, included below. The first we knew it was going to happen was when we received a letter a few weeks ago from our local grid network company, Western Power. The title was "We need to temporarily

Setting Economy 7 Times on Your PowerBanx (Victron) Home Battery Storage System

By |2019-11-29T18:43:24+00:00November 10th, 2019|Battery Storage, Blog, Energy and Climate Change, Islanding, Power Generation, PowerBanx, Solar, Solar and Battery|

I have previously described how to set overnight charging times (for Economy 7 or similar tariffs) on our most popular PowerBanx systems which use an inverter made by Sofar; here I'm going to cover the same process for PowerBanx systems which use an inverter made by Victron. These inverters are more expensive but have

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