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Solar Feed-in Tariffs UK

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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DECC Denied Appeal at the Supreme Court

DECC denied appeal at supreme court March 23, 2012

The Supreme Court has today announced that they will not give the DECC the opportunity to appeal the High Court’s ruling on their tariff cuts being deemed unlawful. Therefore, the higher tariffs that were available before 12th December 2011, are now available to any installations completed before 3rd March 2012. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook [...]

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Find the best solar PV installation deals in the UK

March 16, 2012
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With the level of population in the UK, there is substantial potential for the UK to become a world leader in Solar PV. The UK is a great place to install a solar PV system, the 21p tariff offers returns of greater than 15%. The fact that the cost of installing a solar panel system has never been so low, [...]

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Solar Power to Contribute to your EPC Rating

March 12, 2012

With the encroaching April 1st deadline now merely weeks away, the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings will be coming into play for all installations post April 1st, 2012. With one of our previous articles covering the basics of the EPC’s, this article examines the impact your solar system will likely have. Bookmark on Delicious Digg [...]

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One GigaWatt of Solar Installed Across the UK: But What Next?

February 28, 2012
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The latest installation figures from the DECC reveal a significant milestone has been reached for solar pv in the UK. One GigaWatt (gW) has now been installed and registered across the UK since the start of the Feed-in Tariff scheme in December of 2009. This presents a fantastic achievement by an industry plagued with factors [...]

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Supreme Court Appeal Lodged by the DECC

February 21, 2012
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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) under new leader Ed Davey has lodged their appeal against the 12th December Feed-in Tariff deadline overturning. The outcomes of this appeal have been covered, so let’s consider the motivations and meaning behind the move more deeply. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on [...]

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EPC Ratings Explained

February 10, 2012

With the announcement of Phase Two of the UK’s Solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) emerging yesterday, the respective Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings and their relationship with the FiTs can now be reviewed. This article will explain what an EPC is, the ratings properties will need to access the full FiTs and how best to go [...]

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DECC Announce Phase Two of the UK Solar Industry for 2012

February 9, 2012

Today the Department of Energy and Climate Change announced the various policy changes that will affect the UK solar industry in 2012 and beyond. By and large the information has been received as better than expected, with EPC requirements not as high as was predicted and the 21p tariff rates ensured for installations following April [...]

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How solar power can save you money on your electricity bills

January 30, 2012
How Solar Panels can save you money on your electricity bill

There are two ways that having a solar PV system installed can save homes and businesses money: 1) credits given to solar customers via the UK’s Solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT), which pays a premium for each kilowatt-hour of solar electricity that is exported to the grid, and 2) by reducing the size of the bill in [...]

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