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Solar Farms and Solar Farming

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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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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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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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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Another 5MW solar park to be built for Cornwall, thanks to falling solar prices

September 11, 2012
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After a series of setbacks, Cornwall Council is planning to go ahead with construction of a 5 megawatt (MW) solar park near Newquay airport. The original plan to build the Kernow Solar Park was shelved last autumn when the UK Government abruptly reduced the national Solar Feed-in Tariff ahead of schedule, but Cornwall Council has deemed [...]

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Renewable Energy Incentive Announcement – ROC Review

September 10, 2012

The Department of Energy and Climate Change have released their recommendations for the review of the Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) scheme for large solar projects and solar farms in the UK. The review has outlined a gradual reduction model that will begin with the ROC allocation falling from 2x ROC’s to 1.5x ROC’s on March [...]

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Many farmers likely to invest in renewables, solar power is the favourite

September 10, 2012
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Over 30% of UK farmers will invest in some sort of renewable energy over the next 2 years, according to a survey undertaken by Barclays. Over 80% of farmers are already considering such an investment, which could include wind turbines, biomass, or solar farms, with the latter being the most favoured among those surveyed. Bookmark [...]

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Solar Farms – How they work and is your land eligible for a land rental?

September 6, 2012

Solar Farms are a new and secure approach to farming your land. Farmers from southern UK are quickly acknowledging the benefits associated with renting their land out to accommodate for a Solar Farm. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the [...]

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Commercial Solar Power Funding: Establishing Viability

June 28, 2012

Late 2011 and the first half of 2012 has seen global investment in renewable energy reach new, unprecedented heights. Solar power has now surpassed wind power as the most popular renewable technology for investment and here in the UK our solar market emerged onto the international photovoltaic (PV) scene thanks to the tried and tested [...]

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Commercial Solar Panels no longer need Planning Permission

April 19, 2012

  The installation of the alternative energy source, solar panels, has now been made much easier with the removal of the need for planning permission on non-domestic properties. In addition ground mounted solar energy systems requiring less than 9m2 of area no longer require planning permission. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share [...]

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Why does the light on my Solar Generation Meter stay on?

April 11, 2012

Those whom have had a solar installation completed upon their home or business will have noticed this strange situation before. This article quick explains why the LED (light) on your Generation Meter sometimes remains on.     Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers [...]

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Best Solar Panels

March 12, 2012
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There are many considerations that need to be accounted for when determining which solar panels are the “best”. To start with one solar panel might be better/more suited to one situation over another. This article shall approach a number of scenarios, giving examples of how different panels are more suited to different scenarios. Bookmark on [...]

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