Relying on Renewables for minimising carbon emissions

The 2008 Climate Change Act established the world’s first legally binding climate change target, aiming to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% (from the 1990 baseline) by 2050. Although moving to a more energy efficient, low-carbon economy should help the UK meet this target, a recent Europe-wide survey has found that […]

DECC holds consultation on increasing tariffs for renewable heat

The DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) has held a consultation to increase the level of some of the tariffs in its Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI) to increase the use of heating technologies in the non-domestic sector.  If the new proposals are to go ahead ground source heat pumps, large biomass and solar […]

RHI tariff set to double for ground source heat pumps

The DECC (Department of Energy & Climate Change) is proposing to more than double the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariff for large-scale ground heat-pump installations.  This could see the tariff rise from 8.9 to 10.2p/kWh of renewable heat produced. It will be applied to 1350 h of peak capacity and fall to 2.3p/kWh thereafter.  Hence, the […]

Renewable Heat Incentive accelerating demand for biomass

The future for biomass heating is looking increasingly bright due to considerable Heat Incentive payments and because it has a number of advantages over other renewables.  In particular it is not weather dependent like solar and wind and so to an extent is more predictable and much easier for heating engineers to calculate the likely […]

Government faces £140m claims over feed-in tariff cut

In October 2011, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced a cut of 50% of the solar feed-in tariff resulting in the reduction of 97% of solar power installation. Indeed, the relatively high feed-in tariff was attractive to install the renewable source . It is a push to help people. Nevertheless with the […]

Understanding commercial and industrial scale solar PV installation

Syntegra Consulting attended a workshop from Ikaros Solar in understanding how a well designed PV system can help to offset large utility bills and also be a very sound long term financial investment. This workshop was particularly relevant because after months of indecision and misinformation, the solar PV industry is starting to get back on […]

Solar legal claim could rise above £100m

According to sources, the legal action against the government from solar firms claiming lost earnings caused by illegal changes to the solar electricity feed-in tariff could exceed £100m mark. Solar firms claim they lost millions of pounds worth of business after the government announced in October 2011 that it would cut the feed-in tariff (FIT) […]

Solar installations increase exponentially to beat feed-in tariff cut

The stressed solar industry has seen a dramatic increase in installations in anticipation of further cuts to the feed-in tariff. On 1 August, the feed-in tariff for solar power, paid to homeowners who install solar electric panels, was cut to 16p per kWh from 21p per kWh – a rate that was introduced in March […]

10 questions to ask a PV installer

1. Do they have Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation? Without this you will not be able to claim your Feed in Tariff. They should have the MCS logo clearly displayed on their paperwork. 2. Do they offer a manufacturer backed 10 year warranty on their inverters at no extra cost so that you have piece […]

The Feed In Tariff – An overivew of the oppurtunity

On the 1st of April 2010 the Government introduced Fee-In-Tariff (FIT), which has been put in place to incentivise energy customers to install new anaerobic digestion, wind, hydro or solar renewable technology solutions on their properties/sites. This scheme is applicable to all new schemes installed after July 2009 and offers a guaranteed payback to customers […]