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Heat pumps – more than just a renewable heating solution?

The Climate Change debate and the obvious need to reduce energy use mean that Heat Pumps on a commercial and industrial basis are becoming increasingly relevant. However, the application of Heat Pumps on a wider retrofit basis, to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions for existing buildings and processes, can be restricted due to the […]

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Putting the planet first on day one at Futurebuild 2020

Futurebuild’s first day hits the ground running by tackling one of the biggest challenges facing the industry – achieving net-zero carbon emissions in a resilient and sustainable environment. Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Deputy Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, kicked off the day with an impassioned declaration that, with key environmental performance continuing to […]

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Smart Export Guarantee

The Solar Trade Organisation has welcomed the introduction of the Smart Export Guarantee as a much-needed boost to the domestic solar PV market. Effective from January 1, large energy suppliers are now obligated to offer a tariff for power exports from renewables systems smaller than 5MW. The SEG also plugs a nine-month policy gap that […]

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Powering parks

Putting ground source heat pumps beneath the UK’s parks and playing fields could create enough clean energy to heat the equivalent of five million homes. That’s according to a new report from the 10:10 Foundation, that predicts this could save eight million tonnes of carbon emissions each year while also improving air quality and generating […]

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Guardian bans fossil fuels advertising

The Guardian has become the first major global news organisation to ban advertising from oil and gas companies. The decision was announced on January 29 as part of the company’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and increase reporting on the climate emergency. In a joint statement, Acting Chief Executive Anna Bateson and Chief Revenue […]

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STA responds to Ofgem’s decarbonisation action plan

Today the Solar Trade Association (STA) has submitted its response to Ofgem’s Decarbonisation Programme Action Plan, highlighting several major gaps in relation to decentralised renewable energy technologies such as solar and energy storage and setting out ten key recommendations to address industry concerns and deliver on Net Zero. STA Policy Manager Cameron Witten said: “Whilst […]

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BayWa r.e. on track to construct Europe’s largest floating solar farm  

Bomhofsplas solar farm

Global renewable energy developer, service provider and distributor BayWa r.e. is currently constructing its largest ever floating solar farm. Once complete, the 27.4MWp Bomhofsplas solar farm will be the world’s largest floating PV installation outside of China.  The project, in partnership with Zimmermann PV-Stahlbau GmbH, is being built on a sandpit lake in Zwolle in the Netherlands. Once complete it will consist of […]

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ValkPro+ for solar panels approved for installation with ROCKWOOL®

ValkPro+ mounting system for solar panels on flat roofs has been approved for use on roofs fitted with ROCKWOOL insulation materials: Caproxx Energy, Tauroxx, Rhinoxx, Rhinoxx D and Rhinoxx Afschot (cut to-fall). Based on the test, in which the maximum compression of the insulation boards has been determined, ROCKWOOL approves a point load of up […]

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Emission reduction first, electric car revolution second 

Even if the UK Government accelerates its plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, there will still be millions of fossil-fuelled vehicles on the road well into the 2030s and 40s.  In parallel to the roll-out of electric cars and charging infrastructure, more needs to be done to reduce emissions from […]

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More award-winning ultra-low energy homes for Nottingham 

The next phase of a pioneering scheme to turn hard-to-heat council houses in Nottingham into ultra-low energy homes got underway today.   Nottingham is the first place in the UK to pilot the ground-breaking whole-house renovation approach known as Energiesprong, with ten homes successfully completed and a further 17 now underway.  As part of the Nottingham City […]

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