Everything businesses need to know about the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

Save money with renewable energy“What’s the commercial RHI – and how does it work?” This is easily one of the most frequently asked questions from our customers, so we thought we’d tackle it in more detail here – if you want to read about it in all its glory, check out the Ofgem website.

What is the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)?

The RHI scheme is a government-led, long-term environmental programme designed to encourage individuals and businesses to generate heat from renewable sources, by providing a generous financial incentive for every kilowatt of ‘green’ heat generated. Eligible installations will receive often sizeable tax-free payments every year for 20 years, to help the government meet EU targets to reduce carbon emissions and secure the future of Britain’s energy supply. Read more

50% tariff cuts start dash for solar panels

The government announced today that they are more than halving the Feed-in-Tariff for solar PV systems installed and certified after December 12 2011. Systems installed after this deadline will only receive 21p for every unit of electricity generated, rather than the current 43.3p. This extends the payback period of a system to up to 25 years and obviously makes installing a solar photovoltaic system in your home much less financially attractive. The Renewable Energy Association suggests that this move could leave 25,000 in the solar industry out of work.

As solar panel installations only make up a proportion of our work, we’re confident Lime Circle can ride this storm, but we do feel for companies that rely solely on solar PV work, and their clients who have paid a deposit but won’t see their system installed in time. This is a savage blow to the UK’s developing renewable energy industry, and a dark day indeed for the so-called greenest government ever.

 If you are looking for a solar PV installer in the Nottingham area who can fit a system ahead of the December 12 deadline, we do have some installation slots available but they’re going fast – get in touch to arrange a survey and reserve your solar PV installation slot today.

 Read more – The Daily Mail

Renewables could be UK’s major power source by 2030: WWF

A new report from the World Wildlife Fund states that up to 90% of the country’s electricity could be generated by renewable sources in just under 20 years, without any need for investment in nuclear energy.

Read more – The Guardian

Lime Circle loves… Solar bottle lights

This is really amazing – bringing light where there was none in Manila’s slums, using an empty pop bottle, water and chlorine. Affordable, sustainable genius.

See a video on solar bottle lights

Should you join the solar panels gold rush and get a tax-free 10% a year return?

We think this is a great article. Not just because we have a vested interest in people ‘joining the gold rush’ – we obviously want more people to get involved – but because it rightly places emphasis on the quality of the installer you use to design and fit your solar panel system.

With the FIT scheme rewarding people as highly as it does right now, solar PV is as much an investment decision as an environmental one – and no-one can argue that it’s a sound investment. The problem with that is there are lot of people out there following the money and setting up solar PV installation businesses on the fly with little or no knowledge or training, let alone interest in the technology.

If you’re thinking of installing a solar PV system, always use an MCS- accredited installer – it’s your guarantee of a quality job – and beware of hard-sell techniques and too-good-to-be-true prices. There’s a world of difference between a top quality, well-made solar panel and a piece of plasticky rubbish, and unfortunately you won’t be able to tell until the installer is long gone and your system isn’t generating anything like as much free electricity as promised.

Read more – This Is Money

Warning: savers told brace for fixed-rate bond cuts this winter

The Bank of England’s frozen base rate is easing the pain for borrowers right now, but it’s not good news for savers. If you’re looking for decent, guaranteed returns on your money, consider investing in a solar PV system before the government reviews the Feed In Tariff (FIT) in April 2012. The FIT scheme rewards you both for generating green electricity and exporting any surplus back into the grid, and at current incentive levels it’s a much better long-term investment vehicle than anything you’ll find on the high street. See how you can save money with solar PV here – but don’t forget that you need to install before the government’s review to maximise the return on your investment, as the rewards are expected to reduce significantly.

Read more – This Is Money

Solar plant first to generate energy at night

This new solar plant in Seville represents a giant leap forward in the future of renewable energy, and therefore the planet – and isn’t it beautiful…?

Read more – The Daily Mail

Work starts on solar bridge at Blackfriars station

This is very, very cool indeed. 6,000 solar photovoltaic panels saving 511 tonnes of carbon a year – and it’s architecturally stunning. We’re 50% gutted we didn’t put ourselves forwards to install it and 50% pleased. Attaching 6,000 solar panels to that roof? That’s gonna hurt…

Read more – The Guardian

Northern cities lead UK in renewable energy installations

Apparently people in Sheffield, Leeds and Bradford lead the way when it comes to installing renewable technologies in their homes. Come on Nottingham – you’re letting the side down!

Read more – Energy Efficiency News

Lime Circle loves… Sheffield Solar Farm

Lots of geeky techy solar data to play around with, including a live feed of how well Sheffield Solar Farm’s solar panels are performing at any given time. We especially like that it was set up to see how well solar technology works in ‘northerly locations’. Doublespeak for ‘it’s grim up North…’

Visit Sheffield Solar Farm’s website