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Solar Power Incentive Schemes

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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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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Energy Bill Announcements Reveal Cost of Renewable Energy Deployment for Consumers

November 28, 2012
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The UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change has revealed the first details of the much anticipated Energy Bill. The Energy Bill is essentially designed to encourage investment in green and renewable energy such as solar panels and wind turbines, whilst ensuring the power keeps flowing for all. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post [...]

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Solar Payback and Return on Investment

November 27, 2012

Wondering what the solar payback and returns look like for solar panels on your home? Many now believe that the government’s incentives have been removed for solar panel installations in the UK, making the solar energy payback period longer than desired. In reality, the incentives still stand and actually solar power is a more viable investment option than ever, [...]

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Solar Power Feed-in Tariff Rates to Maintain into February 2013

November 19, 2012
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Solar power installation rates in the UK from August to October has been lower than the minimum amount required to lower the solar feed-in tariffs, industry sources have claimed. Ultimately, this means that it is likely the feed-in tariffs will remain at their current levels when the next automatic review occurs on the 1st of [...]

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Securing the 22GWp target with more than solar panel price leaps

November 8, 2012
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Following on from our analysis of the 22GWp target that Greg Barker, Minister for Energy and Climate Change, recently reestablished; this article examines whether another leap in solar panel prices is possible. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments [...]

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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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Energy tariffs to be Simplified under Ofgem Announcement

October 19, 2012
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Ofgem have announced plans today to reform the complicated energy and gas tariff rates that have plagued home and business owners in the UK for years. Under the proposals, energy retailers will be forced to inform their customers in simple, transparent fashion about the cheapest tariffs available. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share [...]

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Solar Power Campaign to Raise Positive Awareness

October 16, 2012

A new social media campaign by the name of ‘Please Your Plug’ aims to highlight the benefits of solar power on a national scale. Following on from a tumultous year of feed in tariff reductions and ROC review announcements, the news comes as a welcome change and aims to bring together information for householders and [...]

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PM Cameron praises community-based solar & decentralised energy

September 24, 2012
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Prime Minister David Cameron had words of praise for the role of decentralised energy in de-carbonising the UK’s economy at the opening ceremony of a 12.56kWp solar PV system at Eynsham’s village hall last week. Eynsham’s solar system has been installed as part of its People’s Power Station program, under which the community is pooling [...]

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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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Solar Power Feed-in Tariff Rates for November 2012 Announced

August 28, 2012

Ofgem have announced the solar power installation rates for May, June and July 2012 and consequently the new feed-in tariff rates for November 2012. UK solar industry’s tariff digression system works by analysing the solar panel installation numbers in terms of installed capacity, then either reducing, maintaining or in extreme cases increasing the feed-in tariff’s [...]

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UK Consumers Survey Finds Solar Panels Reduce Cost of Living

August 24, 2012

Consumer Opinion Panel research outfit uSwitch.com have published results from a survey they conducted with homeowners that have installed solar panels in the UK. The survey was focused on whether people had installed solar panels, why they had done so and if their cost of living and energy bills had been affected. Some of the [...]

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Funded Energy Efficiency Package Set to Make a Significant Impact

August 15, 2012

Whilst many business owners have sustainability strategies in place, the required working capital and payback expectations often significantly delay the implementation of upgrades. A Funded Energy Efficiency Approach overcomes these issues comprehensively, securely and in a timely manner. Here Solar Selections Ltd, highlight and explain this approach to the wider business community. Bookmark on Delicious [...]

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Solar Selections Client Generates 4,120kWh in 1 Year from a 4kWp

July 12, 2012

Solar Selections has just been informed that one of our first clients has generated 4,120kWh from their 4kWp solar panel system in Cheshire in the first year alone. This is amazing news as the MCS standards suggest that the solar panel system should only be generating 3,431 kWh per annum. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this [...]

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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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August Feed-in Tariff Rate Announcement: Rates and Positive Feedback

May 24, 2012

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has today released the official solar feed-in tariff rates for 2012. On the 1st of August 2012 the new rates will come into play, one month later than earlier expected. The rates are better than expected and pave the way for a long and healthy growth of [...]

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The Green Deal: How it Works

May 3, 2012

Long heralded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as the flagship policy in making this government the ‘greenest ever’; The Green Deal is set for activation in September of 2012. Let’s take a look at how it pledges to bring cost effective home efficiency measures to the majority of properties across the [...]

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Now or Never? When to install Solar Power in 2012

April 27, 2012

What can be said without hesitation is that solar power in the UK has been through a tumultuous time over the last 12 months . Rapid growth offset with grinding lows; from free solar to 20% returns on investment and megawatt installations to a solar powered bin – it’s had everything. Placing this aside what [...]

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Overcoming the Rent-A-Roof Mortgage Situation

April 24, 2012

As mortgage complications have become apparent with the ‘free solar’ scheme; one of the most common methods for installing solar panels on residential properties has been lost. With April’s installation figures showing a considerable decline in overall solar installations, the market is clearly struggling to adapt following the recent March Feed-in Tariff (FiT) cut-off. However [...]

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