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Renewables installers call for extension to the Green Homes Grant

A survey conducted by MCS has revealed that almost half of their certified contractors believe that the Green Homes Grant should be extended to 18 months or more. The company asked over 800 of its members for their views on the government’s latest consumer incentive which was set-up to encourage the uptake of low-carbon renewable […]

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MCS launches new Solar PV Standard as domestic installations remain buoyant  

National certification scheme MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) has published a new update of their Solar PV Standard. The timely new standard comes as strong signs of recovery can be seen after a turbulent 18-months for Solar PV installers. The publication coincides with MCS reporting encouraging volumes of Solar PV installations despite the government closing the […]

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Trade associations unite to boost green economic recovery

The following trade associations, techUK, the Solar Trade Association and RenewableUK, have announced a new partnership to promote the transition to a net zero economy. As part of a business-led push for a green recovery, techUK will be encouraging its member companies to consider setting up long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) to stimulate UK-based renewable […]

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Solar PV forecast as cheapest power generating technology in UK

New Government figures indicate large-scale solar will be lowest cost deploy and maintain over the next two decades. New analysis on electricity generation costs published by the department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have marked large-scale solar PV as the outright cheapest electricity generating technology available in the coming years. For projects commissioning […]

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NIBE launches new GSHP policy paper

NIBE Energy Systems has published a new policy paper that includes a scheme to support a much greater uptake of ground source heat pumps (GSHP). The paper, which has been shared with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, proposes a new policy to fund 100 years of ground works and bore holes for […]

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Grant eLearning Academy is unveiled

Grant UK has announced the launch of its new online eLearning Academy. Alongside the training delivered at Grant UK’s training centres, this new online eLearning platform will further increase the level of product training support the company can deliver to installers, heating engineers and other heating professionals. The new eLearning Academy will provide heating professionals […]

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‘Skills for climate’ consultation launched

A new consultation has been launched to establish if the UK has the necessary skills base to deliver a low carbon economy over the coming years. Run by the Electrical Contractors Association in association with the Renewable Energy Association, Solar Trade Association, Building Engineering Services Association and the Electrotechnical Skills Partnership, the consultation has been […]

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Solar thermal given boost in STA policy win

Homeowners in England will be entitled to vouchers to install the technology under the Green Homes Grants scheme. Today the Government has published further details on the £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme, which is due to go live at the end of September. In a win for the industry, solar thermal will be included in […]

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UK renewable generation surged to new high in 2019

Renewable energy provided a record 37.1% of the UK’s electricity in 2019 – up from 33.1% in 2018, according to the latest government statistics. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2020 reveals that renewable generation capacity increased by 2.9GW to 47.2GW in 2019, which was mainly driven […]

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MCS quality assurance at heart of Green Homes Grants

The latest government update opening the new Green Homes Grant scheme up to domestic renewable technology installations including Heat Pumps and Solar Thermal, places MCS certified contractors at its core to ensure quality. The new £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme, announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on 8 July, will primarily support households to increase the energy efficiency […]

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