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....Solar’s rapid growth is overturning conventions for the managers of the UK’s power grid. In March, for the first time ever, the amount of electricity demanded by homes and businesses in the afternoon was lower than it was in the night, thanks to the cut in demand due to solar panels. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Across the Bristol Channel, Britain’s biggest energy company is making headway on another innovative pilot project hoping to ease grid operators’ headaches and bring more green energy on the system. This month, British Gas owner Centrica began recruiting households to take part in a £19m trial of a local energy market that will see the company putting batteries, solar panels and smart storage heaters in up to 100 homes. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Solar power breaks UK records thanks to sunny weather image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 03:09:00 PM
....Solar’s rapid growth is overturning conventions for the managers of the UK’s power grid. In March, for the first time ever, the amount of electricity demanded by homes and businesses in the afternoon was lower than it was in the night, thanks to the cut in demand due to solar panels. ...
Charging ahead: Welsh battery scheme may aid growth of green energy image
....Across the Bristol Channel, Britain’s biggest energy company is making headway on another innovative pilot project hoping to ease grid operators’ headaches and bring more green energy on the system. This month, British Gas owner Centrica began recruiting households to take part in a £19m trial of a local energy market that will see the company putting batteries, solar panels and smart storage heaters in up to 100 homes. ...
National Grid boss says Labour plan will stall green energy drive image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 05:00:40 PM
....Labour’s manifesto promised to take energy back into public ownership in order to deliver more renewable energy and cut costs for consumers. But Pettigrew said the grid had coped with the rapid growth in variable power from windfarms and solar panels in the past five years, and argued that such technologies would be hit by instability from the party’s proposal. ...
How to build your grand design for a humble price image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 06:00:08 AM
.... Base prices range from £195,000-£245,000, including the £50,000 plot price. Buyers get to choose from six styles and layouts, and are free to add extra extensions plus kitchen and bathroom upgrades, or to install solar panels and electric car points. ...
Sun trap image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 8th of May 2017 11:07:44 PM
.... . Now, through a 40-watt solar panel perching on a tree branch outside the hut, they have enough power for three lights: one inside the house, one in the fields, and one on a tree above the roof. ...
Nissan launches British-made home battery to rival Tesla's Powerwall image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 4th of May 2017 09:00:05 AM
.... Sonnen, a German storage company, builds its European and Australian home batteries in Wildpoldsried, Germany. With falling costs, home storage is seen as increasingly attractive in the UK, particularly to early adopters and the 850,000 homes with solar panels. ...
Battery bonanza image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 11:01:30 PM
.... . If you have solar panels on your roof, a battery in your house gives you the option of storing your surplus day-time energy for night-time use, rather than selling it back to the grid. ...
Ding ding! All aboard the ex-Lib Dem minister's solar-powered bus image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 03:53:02 PM
....In summer, excess electricity will be pumped into the grid. In winter, the buses will draw some electricity from the grid, but it is expected that through the year the solar panels will generate slightly more electricity than the buses need. ...
First coal-free day in Britain since Industrial Revolution image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of April 2017 12:44:26 AM
....But Friday's landmark moment - the first 24 hour period without any coal powered generation - is a sign of how the once mighty fuel is being consigned to history. Part of the reason is that solar panels and wind turbines now provide much more electricity to factories and homes. ...
UK set for first full day without coal power image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 03:45:43 PM
.... But today's landmark moment - the first 24 hour period without any coal powered generation - is a sign of how the once mighty fuel is being consigned to history. Part of the reason is that solar panels and wind turbines now provide much more electricity to factories and homes. ...
UK unprepared for surge in electric car use, thinktank warns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 11:01:11 PM
. The UK’s energy networks are not ready for a surge in electric cars and solar panels that is coming within the next few years, according to a report. ...
Sparks fly on Wall Street over Tesla’s current valuation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of April 2017 03:00:05 PM
....But Musk has been adept at promoting Tesla as more than a car company. As well as developing green vehicles and driverless technology, the Tesla boffins are designing batteries capable of storing power from rooftop solar panels. ...
Tesla charges ahead to overtake Ford in market value image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 01:31:56 PM
.... Roadster in 2008. Model S (luxury sedan), Model X (SUV), Model 3 (to be launched this year); solar panels (launch planned this year). ...
China's Tencent buys 5% stake in Tesla image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 02:30:31 PM
....Tesla's range of electric cars has included the Model S and the Roadster, which was billed as the world's first electric sports car. The company also specialises in battery storage, and, through its SolarCity subsidiary, residential solar panels. ...
SSE to raise electricity prices next month image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 09:52:44 AM
....It blamed the increase on government policies that mean customers subsidise energy from renewable sources and the cost of smart meter installation. Other government-imposed costs include subsidising the feed-in tariff scheme for home owners that install solar panels on their roofs. ...
Solar power growth leaps by 50% worldwide thanks to US and China image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 01:00:41 PM
....In the UK the amount of solar power installed in 2016 fell by about half on the record level added the year before. The drop came after the government drastically cut incentives for householders to fit solar panels and ended subsidies for large-scale “solar farms”. ...
Schools with solar panels face £1.8m bill due to business rates rise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 11:54:42 AM
. New research suggests schools in England and Wales which have solar panels installed will be landed with a £1. ...
Patagonia and The North Face: saving the world – one puffer jacket at a time image
....There is something about being on the Patagonia campus that feels like being in a Scandinavian country – albeit one with banana plants, blooming agaves and jacaranda trees. There are solar panels, piles of surfboards for employees to use, and a car with a licence plate that reads BUMKIN. ...
Nimble entrepreneurs seek solutions to air quality crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 07:30:06 AM
....Market analysts IDTechEx see promise in emissions prevention technology, which is being developed to bring vehicles that run off non-carbon-based fuel to market. “A Chinese car manufacturer recently launched a carbon-independent vehicle covered in solar panels,” says David Pugh, an IDTechEx technology analyst. ...
Windfarms aren’t the real reason energy bills are rising. Blame the free market image
.... But it’s small, at 10% of an average dual-fuel bill, as the peers themselves note. The blame for the latest round of price rises announced by energy suppliers, big and small, does not lie primarily with wind turbines and solar panels. ...
Blackouts? What blackouts? How National Grid keeps the lights on image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of February 2017 01:12:31 PM
....Solar power has grown from a tiny presence before 2010 to more than 11GW out of the UK’s total capacity of about 80GW, driven by subsidies for householders and the construction of large solar farms. Burt says the intermittent and sometimes unpredictable power from all those solar panels has not increased the cost of fine-tuning electricity supply and demand. ...
Energy customers locked into a costly scheme who have no right to switch image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 07:00:07 AM
....Once they’ve bought into a development, residents are locked into a monopoly. They are not allowed to fit solar panels or heat source pumps and, whether or not they use their heating, remain liable for often large standing charges which include maintenance and repair of the infrastructure. ...
Electric cars and cheap solar 'could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of February 2017 06:01:22 AM
. Falling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide growth in demand for oil and coal by 2020, a new report has suggested. ...
Batteries included: Yorkshire village seeks to solve riddle of too much sun image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 21st of January 2017 08:00:30 AM
....But later this month, dozens of homes in this South Yorkshire village will have a home battery installed as part of a £250,000 trial to see if they can make solar power more valuable to homeowners and less painful for grid managers. Smaller than the high-profile Powerwalls introduced to the UK by Elon Musk’s Tesla last year, the British-engineered batteries will be fitted for free in 30 homes with solar panels on their roofs and 10 without. ...
China hits back at 'extreme' tariffs from rival economies image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of January 2017 08:33:07 AM
....“Trade disputes are becoming increasingly politicised, measures are increasingly extreme and final tariff rates are relatively high,” said ministry spokesman Sun Jiwen. He singled out measures taken against China’s steel, solar panel, ceramics and tyre industries. ...
UK hits clean energy milestone: 50% of electricity from low carbon sources image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of December 2016 03:06:26 PM
. Half of the UK’s electricity came from wind turbines, solar panels, wood burning and nuclear reactors between July and September, in a milestone first. ...
The tech industry won't save us – or the planet – from Trump's excesses | Kate Aronoff image
.... As federal regulatory agencies face threats from inside and out, a simple and market-friendly solution would seem to offer an easy out for a problem as big as climate change. If inventors could simply unlock the potential of clean energy technology – through tax incentives and a healthy injection of start-up capital – solar panels and wind turbines could proliferate, making dirty fuels obsolete. ...
Ikea Group plans €1bn investment in recycling companies and forests image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of December 2016 02:30:51 PM
....The investment comes on top of €600m pledged last year for investment in renewable energy as Ikea works towards energy independence by 2020. By the end of this year, the company has committed to own and operate 327 wind turbines and to install 730,000 solar panels on its buildings worldwide. ...
Siemens' £310m Hull plant will take windfarm technology to new level image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of December 2016 12:06:25 AM
....The green energy trade body, RenewableUK, called the plant “a key part of our nation’s modern industrial strategy”. Renewable sources provide around a quarter of UK electricity generation, but since coming to power in 2015 the government has ended subsidies for onshore windfarms and solar panels. ...
Tesla shareholders approve $2.6bn SolarCity takeover image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 18th of November 2016 12:27:07 AM
....6bn (£2. 1bn) deal to buy solar panel company SolarCity, in which he is the largest shareholder. ...
SpaceX aims to launch internet from space image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 17th of November 2016 01:50:01 PM
....It suggested that the first 800 satellites would be used to expand internet access in the US, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin islands. Each satellite, about the size of an average car, not including solar panels, would weigh 850 pounds (386kg), the firm said. ...
Tesla boss Musk 'optimistic' on SolarCity takeover image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of November 2016 01:16:21 AM
....6bn (£2. 1bn) deal to buy solar panel company SolarCity. ...
Maternity leave should be extended at cost of £2.1bn, says CBI image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of October 2016 11:01:05 PM
....Rain Newton-Smith, the CBI’s chief economist, said small changes to business rates could also encourage investment. Under current rules, spending on solar panels and machinery can be counted as improvements to business premises, triggering extra business rates. ...
Tesla reports first quarterly profit for three years image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of October 2016 10:27:57 PM
....In its third quarter results Tesla did not provide an update on its planned $2. 6bn acquisition of solar panel maker SolarCity. ...
Renewable energy capacity overtakes coal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of October 2016 05:18:48 PM
.... . The report says half a million solar panels were installed every day last year around the world. ...
A three-bed house with £500 energy bills? How you too can slash your costs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of October 2016 05:59:08 AM
.... It means the family is saving at least £1,000 a year, and possibly much more. Throw in the fact that their rooftop solar panels generate an income of £500 a year and their net energy bills are actually close to zero. ...
Green subsidies to push UK energy bills higher than planned image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of October 2016 05:01:29 AM
. Household energy bills in four years’ time will be £17 higher annually than planned because of the number of windfarms and solar panels installed in recent years, according to the government’s spending watchdog. ...
How to live the Good Life without giving up the rat race image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 24th of September 2016 06:00:24 AM
.... It’s so well organised but in a really nice collective way. “It’s not a super cheap way of living, but we generate a lot of our own electricity from solar panels and our water comes from the bore holes, for which we pay a small maintenance fee each month. ...
More light, better life image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 15th of September 2016 11:42:30 PM
....New products are coming on to the market, including solar-powered fans, TVs and fridges. One firm, Aleutia, provides a "solar classroom in a box", including solar panels, 10 rugged computers, a server, LED projector, and 3G and satellite networking equipment. ...

Australia paper criticised for 'racist' Aboriginal cartoon
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 4th of August 2016 08:47:10 AM
....Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister, has ordered a Royal Commission public inquiry into youth detention in the Northern Territory and plans to  hold a national referendum to include recognition of Australia’s indigenous people  in the constitution. Leak, a cartoonist who has often courted controversy, was accused of racism last December over a cartoon which depicted starving Indians attempting to eat solar panels with mango chutney; the image mocked the international community for addressing climate change rather than poverty. ...
Tesla reports deepening losses image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 08:32:17 PM
.... . And on Monday, the company announced a deal to buy solar panel company SolarCity for $2. ...
Tesla agrees $2.6bn deal to buy SolarCity image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 1st of August 2016 01:34:56 PM
. US electric carmaker Tesla has said it has reached a deal to buy solar panel company SolarCity for $2. ...
Carbon-free banking: where to save, invest and borrow image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 16th of July 2016 06:00:04 AM
.... It intends to sell all its electricity to Co-operative Energy. Another venture being promoted on the site is Oldham Community Power, which is aiming to raise £658,900 to install solar panels on council-owned and community buildings. ...
Tesla stock rises after Elon Musk's masterplan tweet image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 11th of July 2016 02:57:14 PM
....But he gave no hint as to what it would contain. In recent weeks, Tesla has had to deal with the crash of one of its cars driving in autopilot mode and controversy over a proposed merger with a solar panel provider led by Mr Musk. ...
Electric car pioneer Tesla misses production targets image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 4th of July 2016 09:36:13 AM
....In a statement, Tesla said it appeared the Model S car was unable to recognise "the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky" that had driven across the car's path. In May, Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk drew criticism for announcing plans to buy solar panel maker SolarCity, a separate company that he had founded and for which he serves as chairman. ...
Electrifying rhythms image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 3rd of July 2016 11:18:32 PM
....Take PEG Ghana, for example. PEG is private company offering hire purchase contracts to individuals and businesses, so that locals can buy small solar panels. ...
More than half of jobs in UK solar industry lost in wake of subsidy cuts image
....”. The new importance of solar has been underlined by recent research by analysts at Carbon Brief showing solar panels produced more electricity than coal in May. ...
Green really is the new black as Big Oil gets a taste for renewables image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 21st of May 2016 03:00:16 PM
....Total made its first real drive into renewable energy five years ago, with its $1. 4bn acquisition of SunPower, one of the largest solar panel makers in the US. ...
Huge profits in store for firm that can make a great leap in battery technology image
.... Our power demands are ever-increasing, but our ability to carry or store power is limited. Smartphones barely last a day, electric vehicles have much shorter ranges than petrol or diesel cars, and storing energy from sources such as solar panels is difficult. ...
We are mortgaging the future by scrapping zero-carbon home rules | Angus MacNeil image
.... Yet instead of tackling these problems in tandem, the Westminster government is trying to demolish a policy that would have ensured new homes were built to the highest energy-saving standards. New rules on Zero Carbon Homes, that were due to come into force this year, would have required new housing developments to generate as much clean energy – through renewable sources like solar panels or ground heat pumps – as they use in hot water, heating, lighting and ventilation. ...
Solar has a bright future in the UK despite Tory efforts to cloud the picture image
....Solar is jobs-intensive and many small and medium-sized firms have grown to meet the demand and build up skills they are now deploying around the world – a success story at every level. Related: Ikea starts selling solar panels in UK stores. ...
The innovators: desalination unit brings clean water on wheels image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 1st of May 2016 01:39:50 PM
.... “I was confronted with the enormous carbon footprint that the Gulf nations have because of all of the desalination that they do ,” he said. The Desolenator, which measures 120cm by 90cm, is a solar panel that converts sunlight into electricity, but also uses the heat that is generated from the sun as part of the process. ...
Ikea starts selling solar panels in UK stores image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 25th of April 2016 06:00:39 AM
....Shoppers will be able to order panels online and at three stores, initially Glasgow, Birmingham and Lakeside, before the so-called Solar Shops appear in all the Swedish company’s UK stores by summer’s end. Ikea’s new foray with energy company SolarCentury marks its second attempt to sell solar panels, after a two-year pilot with Chinese company Hanergy ended last year. ...
Harlequins joins ‘mini-bond’ scrum in bid to raise £15m image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of April 2016 06:00:29 AM
.... Launched by Bristol Energy Cooperative, it is open for investment for a few more days having had its closing date extended to 3 May. Bristol Energy Cooperative is a not-for-profit enterprise that has been developing community-owned energy since 2011, including the installation of solar panels on six buildings in Bristol. ...
Clouds gather over solar power after golden years of success image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 16th of April 2016 03:00:21 PM
....”. The success so far has been driven by a combination of falling product prices – solar panels are 80% cheaper now than they were five years ago – but also by generous subsidies ultimately paid for by the consumer. ...
Mobile drought insurance for Africa's farmers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 8th of April 2016 11:54:11 PM
....More recently, the solar kiosk has come to the fore. Customers pay to charge mobile phones and other devices at small kiosks fitted with a couple of solar panels. ...
Is world's greenest office also smart? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of April 2016 11:03:47 PM
....They come to see a range of features, including an innovative approach to solar power. When it became clear to developer OVG that covering the roof with solar panels was not going to be enough to provide 100% of The Edge's electricity it turned to its neighbours - the VU University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences - to install a further 4,100 sq m (44,100 sq ft) of solar panels on their rooftops in return for the free use of any spare electricity. ...
VIDEO: Six things in the office of the future? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of March 2016 11:09:07 PM
....BBC News looks at a mixture of current and emerging technologies that may define our day in the office in the near future. The rainwater collection system, solar panel farm and security robot are already up and running at The Edge building in Amsterdam. ...
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The UK could learn a lot from Germany’s long-term industrial strategy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of March 2016 05:17:16 PM
.... One key pillar of support is provided by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, a part publicly-funded research organisation that provides applied science for companies that would otherwise find the cost prohibitive. The German government has also used tax incentives to foster industries seen as having growth potential – the development of the solar panel sector through feed-in tariffs being a recent example. ...
European clean tech industry falls into rapid decline image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of March 2016 03:48:12 PM
....Europe’s manufacturers have also suffered in the rapid fall. From being a world leader in solar panel manufacturing in the early and mid 2000s, the EU no longer has any companies in the global top 10. ...
Osborne to defend Budget ahead of vote image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of March 2016 07:35:14 AM
....". As well as the welfare changes, Downing Street said ministers would also not seek to oppose amendments to scrap the so-called "tampon tax" and an increase in VAT on solar panels. ...
Can Apple's $1.5bn green bond inspire more environmental investments? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 20th of March 2016 04:19:29 AM
.... According to Climate Bonds Initiative, a UK nonprofit that tracks the market, the first green bond was issued in 2007, and the first corporate issuance didn’t come along until 2013. Since then, a handful of high profile companies have jumped on the bandwagon, including EDF, a French power company, and Bank of America, which used the proceeds to loan money to cities and other businesses for installing solar panels, wind turbines and LED lighting. ...
Will the sugar tax be all fizz or a weighty blow against obesity? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of March 2016 04:00:14 PM
.... Gordon Brown – when in No 11 and No 10 Downing Street – was famous for it. Tax credits were designed to overcome the poverty trap and act as an incentive to work; solar panel subsidies were aimed at reducing global warming; reductions in capital gains tax on assets held for more than 10 years encouraged long-term investment. ...
Looking for ethical investments? Here are a few that could be worth your energy image
.... It has also been pre-accredited for the feed-in tariff and, says a spokeswoman, will be one of the last community solar schemes to be guaranteed the subsidy since government support was slashed at the start of the year – but it is on a tight deadline: construction must be completed by 31 August this year. I am very proud of the fact that 98% of the UK’s solar panels have been installed since I became prime minister. ...
Fifa signs China's Wanda as partner image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 18th of March 2016 02:47:16 PM
....Fifa's top five sponsors - Coca Cola, Gazprom, Adidas, Visa, Hyundai - paid some $180m to the governing body between them in 2015. Although Wanda is the first Chinese firm to enter at this top level, another Chinese firm, Yingli Solar - a solar panel provider - was a second-tier Fifa sponsor of the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. ...
Rainwater harvesting and rooftop solar: world's greenest shopping centre could be Australian image
.... Those palaces of consumerism chewing through water and electricity, while shoppers wander along brightly-lit walkways; always buying, buying, buying. But what if their energy usage could be slashed and they were transformed into sources of renewable energy, with solar panels on roof space and rainwater harvesting – all while making more money for retailers?. ...
Solar storage tiles and paint: how to make old homes more energy efficient image
.... Developed by Prof Paul Dastoor and his team at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, the paint holds soluble organic electronic materials that can be printed, painted or sprayed onto different surfaces while conducting electrical charges. Last year the paint reached efficiencies of 3% and Dastoor estimates that if painted across a roof, the cells in the paint could produce enough electricity to power a household – at around a tenth of the cost of installing a silicon solar panel system. ...
The innovators: portable solar panels that can be unrolled like a carpet image
.... Getting a mobile phone charged can cost $5 in areas where there is no electricity and backpackers have to rely on diesel generators used by locals to power up. John Hingley had a solution stuffed in his rucksack: a thin and lightweight portable solar panel that unfolded and could generate enough energy to power his phone, camera and computer. ...
The developing world faces a silent killer. Could a $1 solar light help? image
.... Diaz came across the idea, first invented by Brazilian mechanic Alfredo Moser, while studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US. For the night lights, LEDs are wired to a miniature solar panel, using the plastic water bottle as protective casing. ...
Is the US undermining India's solar power programme? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 27th of February 2016 12:35:05 AM
....And - you guessed it - the National Solar Mission was the centrepiece of the whole shebang. But while the US was carefully reeling India into the climate talks it had simultaneously lodged a complaint with the WTO, arguing that India's solar programme created unfair barriers to the import of US-made solar panels. ...
Half the price in half the time: solar storage innovation harnesses new energy frontier image
....6 years to earn back the Ouija’s $9,000 price tag through electricity bill savings, versus 11 years on the Powerwall’s $15,000 to $17,000 installation cost. Livingston said the company, set up just last year, was less concerned with batteries as the cutting edge of the household solar energy market as it was with tackling its key problem: how can households consume more of the power their solar panels produce?. ...
'Whatever we do, shops tell us to be cheaper': the growing crisis in Britain's farms image
....” . His farm has also moved into renewable power, with a 50 kilowatt solar panel system generating about £12,500 a year from guaranteed energy rates and a biomass generator in the works. ...
'Solar energy isn’t just good for polar bears, it’s good for the working class' image
....A program called Solar Richmond creates “green-job opportunities”. It equips citizens, often those from rough-and-tumble neighbourhoods, with skills necessary for employment in solar panel installation. ...
Australia's greenest city: Adelaide pulls ahead of Sydney and Melbourne image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 12th of February 2016 12:38:23 AM
....An action plan is in the works for later this year, but it is hoped the program will bring $10bn of low-carbon investment to the state and eradicate nearly a million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year. The state has also committed to match-fund the city’s incentives scheme so that all building owners and tenants installing energy-efficient devices could claim back some of the costs, ranging from $240 for energy-monitoring systems to $10,000 for solar panels. ...
Ikea quietly stops selling solar panels to UK householders image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 8th of February 2016 02:44:12 PM
. Ikea has quietly stopped selling solar panels to UK householders after the government signalled a drastic cut in solar subsidies and just two years after a media-friendly national launch. ...
Shell vows to sell $10bn extra assets as profits plunge 87% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 4th of February 2016 08:00:42 AM
....“Oil giants like Shell and BP are already paying a huge price for failing to bring their businesses into the 21st century,” said Greenpeace’s senior climate adviser Charlie Kronick. “The more electric cars, solar panels, and better-insulated homes we have, the less fossil fuels we’re going to need and the less they’re going to be worth. ...
Watersprint to provide clean water and jobs for disadvantaged Bangladeshi youth image
.... Tackling surface impurities, however, does not require the same level of infrastructure investment. Watersprint’s unique UV-LED technology is able to remove bacteria and viruses from water with very low energy consumption: the unit can run on just 12 volts from a solar panel or battery. ...
Australian town Huntlee could be first off-grid, but what about everyone else? image
....Living off-grid used to be something that people had to do to support modern life in remote communities but living without centralised power is becoming an increasingly mainstream concept. Last year Australia’s CSIRO and its Energy Networks Association stated that by 2050 a third of Australians could have left the electricity grid as technologies that support off-grid systems, such as solar panels and battery storage, become significantly more competitive. ...
Britain’s first garden town: housing crisis solution or 'dog's breakfast'? image
.... Coming next is East West Rail linking Oxford to Milton Keynes and Cambridge. Land around the town has been divided into 13 development sectors: Bicester 1 is an “eco-town” where each new home comes with solar panels and a fruit tree; Bicester 2 is Britain’s largest self-build development at Graven Hill, an attractively wooded former MoD site where 1,900 families can buy a plot and build their own grand design. ...

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