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Commercial Solar Power

Solar Selections brokers solar panel installations for 10 Greggs Bakeries locations across the UK

January 15, 2014
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The largest chain of bakeries in the UK has installed the equivalent of 1.28 megawatts (MW) of solar PV capacity on the roofs of 10 of its locations with the assistance of Solar Selections, who acted as tender manager for the project. The installations make use of Italian Power-One Aurora inverters and Chinese Trina solar panels. Bookmark on Delicious [...]

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Solar panels for not-for-profit organisations in the UK

March 6, 2013
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Solar systems have been growing in popularity for homes and commercial enterprises; this trend also holds true for not-for-profit organisations such as churches and schools.  Not-for-profit charities across the UK are already saving money on operational costs by investing in a solar panel system. By way of example, previously on this site we’ve written about Knellwood Residential Care Centre‘s 10 kilowatt [...]

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Security systems preventing solar panel theft at solar farms in UK

February 12, 2013
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Solar panel theft is a real issue in the UK. While the price of panels has come down considerably in the past few years, they are still a significant investment, and it would be painful for the owner to have this integral part of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system stolen from under their nose. Security [...]

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Lease your land for solar: Returns on 5MWp solar parks in Swansea, Wales

January 9, 2013
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Those who own land in Swansea, Wales may want to consider leasing out a portion of it for a solar park or solar farm. Thanks to the region’s sunny climate, solar power systems large and small have proved popular here. This article is an overview of the potential returns for Swansea residents who choose to lease [...]

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2013 bodes well for solar projects as Buffet buys world’s largest solar PV plant

January 9, 2013
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The new year has started off with some more good news for the solar photovoltaics (PV) industry, with Warren Buffet’s MidAmerican Solar buying SunPower‘s Antelope Valley Solar Projects (AVSP) for an amount between USD2 billion and 2.5 billion. AVSP is a multi-location development whose cumulative solar panel capacity will be 579 megawatts (MW) when all [...]

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20kWp solar systems in the UK: Prices, output, ROI

January 7, 2013
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What is the typical pricing for 20kWp (kilowatt-peak) solar systems in the UK? What kind of power output can the owner of a 20kWp solar farm or other commercial premises expect over the course of the day or the year? The following article is an overview of the typical costs, power output, and return on investment associated with [...]

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30kWp and 50kWp solar systems in the UK: Pricing and output

December 19, 2012
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This article is an overview of the price ranges and typical power outputs of 30kWp and 50kWp solar systems in the UK. 30kWp and 50kWp solar systems are both fairly common sizes to have installed as solar farms and for commercial premises. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share via [...]

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New Renewable Obligation Certificate banding for medium-scale rooftop solar: DECC

December 18, 2012
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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced its decision about support for solar power after a review of the Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) scheme’s banding mechanism. From next year, there will be two separate bands of Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) for ground-mounted and roof-mounted solar systems of medium size. The policy changes [...]

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Wales’ ‘Big Pit’ coal mining museum gets a solar boost

December 10, 2012
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A Welsch museum dedicated to the nation’s industrialisation–in particular, coal mining–has installed a 50kWp solar system as an investment and to help reduce its power bills. The solar array is part of a suite of measures that the museum has implemented to reduce its environmental impact, as well as ‘green up’ its image. Bookmark on Delicious [...]

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Solar Parks in the UK

December 5, 2012
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The number of ‘solar parks’ in the UK have exploded in recent years thanks mainly to the UK’s feed-in tariff and renewable obligation certificate schemes, both designed to increase renewable energy uptake. A quick glance at any UK-based media outlet covering solar power or renewable energy will almost daily have news about a new solar park being [...]

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10kWp solar power system for an elderly care home in Hampshire

November 30, 2012
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In a story of solar panels working for not only the environment but also the public good, Hampshire’s historic Knellwood elderly care home has installed a 10kWp solar system to help cut down on its power bills and invest in its future. Although the system is not particularly large by commercial standards, it is an [...]

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Poultry Farm powered by Solar Panels

November 6, 2012
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Solar Selections has helped yet another poultry farmer install solar panels across three poultry sheds to power the farm’s buildings. The client was looking for a solar array to help reduce their ever-increasing energy costs. Not only did Solar Selections conduct a tender to source the most competitive quotation (under £1/W) at no cost to our [...]

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Solar Panels – Commercial Finance

November 2, 2012
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Solar panels have become a more economically feasible procurement in commercial onsite energy generation thanks to a clever new finance model. In the past many organisations struggled to justify solar panels as a commercially viable building upgrade due to payback expectations and upfront costs. Solar Selections and their specialised renewable finance partners have overcome this and can now offer applicable [...]

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Ikea self-imposes ambitious renewable energy target: 100% by 2020

October 26, 2012
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Swedish furniture giant Ikea plans to set the standard for multinational corporations by sourcing all of the power that it uses in its operations from renewable energy  by the year 2020, according to its “People & Planet Positive” sustainability strategy. In recognising that making this swift and decisive move to clean energy will not only [...]

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Cambridgeshire gets UK’s first solar-powered waste treatment plant

September 27, 2012
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The small town of Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire is now home to the United Kingdom’s waste treatment plant powered (mostly) by solar energy. The 5 megawatt (MW) solar park will supply 70% of the AmeyCespa Mechanical Biological Treatment Plant’s power via 3km of cabling. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin [...]

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Growing number of businesses turning to renewables: BNEF

September 26, 2012
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The number of businesses taking a serious interest in renewable energy is increasing, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF) 2012 Corporate Renewable Energy Index (CREX). The CREX is a ranking of over 300 global corporations who have procured a portion or all of their power from renewable sources. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post [...]

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Top Gear go solar (whether Clarkson likes it or not)

September 26, 2012
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Jeremy Clarkson is more commonly known for his scathing remarks on electric cars and dismissive attitude toward Climate Change, but clearly the BBC have a different view. The famous Top Gear test track has gone solar, installing 2MW of capacity at the Dunston site. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on [...]

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Solar Farming & Support for Local Communities

September 20, 2012

Ed Davey, Energy Secretary with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), recently stated that the wind industry ought to offer perks to surrounding communities in which they are developed. This notion could be carried over to solar farm developers as a unique way of overcoming some of the remaining critiques of large scale [...]

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Apple’s 20 megawatt solar farm for its data centre in North Carolina

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As a company Apple have always been known for thinking outside the box, changing our perceptions of what to expect from our technology and revolutionising the market in their wake. Following in this tradition, Apple has recently built a 20 megawatt (MW) solar farm to power its data centre near the city of Maiden, North [...]

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Criteria Checklist for Solar Farms in the UK

September 18, 2012
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Interest in large-scale solar installations and solar farms is experiencing something of a renaissance across the UK, thanks to the rapidly falling cost of solar photovoltaics (PV) technology here. If you own property and are considering investing in a solar farm to add a supplementary revenue stream to your business activities, or simply to save money on [...]

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