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Oct 05

New research conducted by utility and environmental consultancy Gemserv has identified huge demand from British households to ‘Go Green’ and produce their own energy.

Gemserv’s study of over 2000 British adults found that 61% of homeowners would consider installing means to generating their own energy, whether using solar PV panels, installing air source heat pumps, using biomass fuel or harnessing the power of nature by using hydro power. If the so-called ‘green gap’ could be bridged, approximately 15 million tonnes of CO2 could be saved each year, the report claims.

However, despite the UK’s appetite for renewable energy, Gemserv’s research found that the widespread lack of awareness about installation, cost savings and benefits is stopping people from reducing their carbon footprints.

In these challenging economic times, expense was understandably a big consideration, 57% of homeowners who would not consider installing any of the renewable initiatives from a list they were shown said it is too expensive and 32% of people were unsure how much money they could save and/or earn from renewable energy sources.

A further 65% of Brits weren’t aware of the government’s financial incentive for generating renewable energy.

CEO of Gemserv David Thorne says: “I am encouraged by some of these findings as I am delighted that nearly half the population would like to install renewable energy technologies; what worries me is the lack of fundamental awareness surrounding it. To bridge the Green Gap it’s essential we continue to educate consumers and break down some of the myths surrounding the Green Deal, energy efficiency and microgeneration.”

More details at www.gemserv.co.uk

Dave Houston, MD of chester based solar installers PV FIT Ltd says: “I am not surprised that Germserv’s survey identified that a significant proportion of the public would be interested to install a renewable energy technology on their homes. The costs of renewable energy systems can put many people off, despite the very attractive returns offered by schemes such as the Feed-in Tariff (FITs), due to the substantial capital outlay to install them in the first place”.

“In the past year FITs have vastly increased the size of the UK’s solar PV industry, which in turn has seen the cost of equipment & installation drop significantly. In April 2010, a typical 4kW PV FIT system cost £16,000 including VAT. In October 2011, the same system has reduced to nearer £12,000 – with a South facing system offering combined tax-free income and savings of £1700p.a”.

“With wider awareness of FITs and access to low cost, or preferably, zero interest finance we feel the renewables market could be vast, with capital costs reducing at an equally rapid rate”.

FITs are due to reduce by 9% for new entrants in April 2012, although many in the renewables sector are predicting a greater reduction due to the schemes success in reducing equipment costs.

For a free no obligation solar PV quote over the phone call PV FIT on 0344 567 9032, or visit https://www.pvfit.co.uk

Apr 29

Solar systems account for over 28,000, with 11,000 installed in the first three months of 2011

Government figures released today show a record 11,314 PV systems fitted over the first three months of 2011, despite the perceived threat to feed-in tariff levels posed by the government’s early review.

In total, 30,140 renewable energy systems have been installed over the past year, representing 111MW of capacity. Just over 26MW of the 111MW was from the non-domestic sector.

But although 111MW represents an increase of almost two-thirds on the 67.9MW in place at the end of 2010, and over double the amount fitted after the first six months, this amounts to around 0.1 per cent of the UK’s total electricity generation.

The government’s review does not seem to have affected take up rates for household solar, but the fact that payment rates for larger PV projects are likely to be slashed could explain why only one has come online to date.

For the full article see Business Green

PV FIT Ltd can assist with any domestic or commercial solar pv project up to 5okW in output, which will not be affected by the likely cuts to tariff levels expected for systems above 50kW.

In order to get a quotation all you need to do is fill in your details on our quick form, or call us on 0844 567 9032 and we will contact you to complete a free solar survey.

Jan 07

Get more kWp for your money!

Our supplier Caymax CEEG are launching a 200Wp monocrystalline panel in mid Jan 2011 – we are offering all our customers a free upgrade to the corresponding number of panels on their quote if not already installed i.e. If you have a quote for a 20 panel 3.9kWp system we will supply and install a 4kWp system at no extra charge!

Not only will you benefit from Caymax’s most efficient panel, but the cost benefits of your PV FIT system will improve too!

The offer is limited to orders placed by end of Jan 2011 with installation taking place in Q1 of 2011.

We are pleased to extend this offer to anyone who hasn’t yet had a quotation, so call us now for your free 20 minute solar survey >>

Oct 20

The Chancellor George Osborne today announced that Feed-in tariffs will not be subject to spending cuts, contrary to speculation leading up to the spending review. that the Government will continue with the planned programme review in 2013.

“Today’s announcement comes as a huge relief to the Renewable Energy Industry and more importantly our customers. It provides us with stable incentives which will allow us to grow and attract investment in a stable manner. This is a great success for all you lobbied to maintain the FIT levels” says David Houston, Managing Director of PV FIT Ltd who are a nationwide installer of photovoltaic systems for domestic and commercial customers.

Also today the Government committed to introducing Renewable Heat Incentives (RHI’s) for renewable heat technologies. We are waiting on further details to emerge from the spending review which we will publish shortly.

Contact us today for a Feed-in Tariff eligible pv quotation for your property…

Picture courtesy of the BBC

Feb 01

Households and communities who install generating technologies such as small wind turbines and solar panels will from April be entitled to claim payments for the low carbon electricity they produce.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband today announced the feed-in tariff (FITs) levels and also published a blueprint for a similar scheme to be introduced in April 2011 to incentivise low carbon heating technologies. The renewable heat incentive (RHI) will be a world first.

The schemes are designed to bring about a significant increase in the amount of locally produced green energy, as a contribution to the wider shift of the energy mix to low carbon.

Ed Miliband said:

“The guarantee of getting an income on top of saving on energy bills will be an incentive to householders and communities wanting to make the move to low carbon living.

“The feed-in tariff will change the way householders and communities think about their future energy needs, making the payback for investment far shorter than in the past.

“It will also change the outlook for a range of industries, in particular those in the business of producing and installing small scale low carbon technology.”

From 1 April householders and communities who install low carbon electricity technology such as solar photovoltaic (pv) panels and wind turbines up to 5 megawatts will be paid for the electricity they generate, even if they use it themselves. The level of payment depends on the technology and is linked to inflation.

They will get a further payment for any electricity they feed into the grid. These payments will be in addition to benefiting from reduced bills as they reduce the need to buy electricity. The scheme will also apply to installations commissioned since July 2008 when the policy was announced.

A typical 2.5kW well sited solar pv installation could offer a homeowner a reward of up to £900 and save them £140 a year on their electricity bill.

Mr Miliband was speaking as he visited low income homes in Dagenham being helped by eaga’s Clean Energy for Social Housing project to make the move to microgeneration. The scheme offers free clean energy technology to tenants in social housing which will lower their electricity bills and carbon emissions.

John Swinney, eaga Director of Strategy and Corporate Services, said:

“By utilising the feed-in tariff initiative and installing free solar technology this programme can cut energy bills for those most in need. We are also recruiting and training renewable energy engineers directly from the local communities where the green technology is being installed.

“This innovative development can be offered right across the UK. We expect thousands of households to benefit in the first few years and up to 300 additional green energy jobs could be created as part of this programme.”

The Department of Energy and Climate Change also published today plans for a scheme to incentivise renewable heat generation at all scales. This will come into effect in April 2011 and guarantee payments for those who install technologies such as ground source heat pumps, biomass boilers and air source heat pumps.

Under the proposed tariffs the installation of a ground source heat pump in an average semi-detached house with adequate insulation levels could be rewarded with £1,000 a year and lead to savings of £200 per year if used instead of heating oil.

The heat incentive could help thousands of consumers who are off the gas network lower their fuel bills and gain a cash reward for greening their heating supply.

Details of funding for the scheme will be published in the Budget 2010.

Dec 07

UK PV industry faces the void as industry fights for more ambitious tariff scheme

Funds for solar photovoltaic (PV) under Phase II of the Low Carbon Building Programme (LCBP) have again run dry leaving large parts of the UK PV industry without support.

2009/12/03 09:00:00 GMT

The LCBP ‘pot’ was meant to carry the industry through until next March and bridge with the new ‘Feed-In’ Tariff scheme, which starts in April 2010.  It is hoped the Tariff scheme will finally provide the long-term support framework that has been missing in the UK.

However, not only has the funding pot been depleted with no notice, the PV industry also has no idea of what support it can expect under the governments Tariff scheme, making it very difficult to plan ahead or win new business.

Ray Noble, PV adviser at REA said; “This development puts the On-site renewables industry in a very difficult position.  On the one hand it’s absolutely right that DECC and the Treasury re-examine the Tariff proposals which are too low. However, the PV industry now urgently needs bridging funds and clarity on the Tariff proposals.  It’s another fine mess for the UK PV industry.”

The REA is calling for a 10% Return on Investment (ROI) for the Tariff scheme for the first three years. DECC’s modelling shows that a 10% ROI delivers three times more renewable energy than current government proposals at an extra cost to households of £1.20 per year up to 2013.

Over 30 major organisations have written to MPs alongside the REA calling for a much more ambitious approach including the Federation of Small Businesses, the TUC, WWF and Friends of the Earth. The REA has written to DECC Ministers and frontbench spokespeople setting out the case for a 10% ROI.

Oct 13

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website today.  Please feel free to post your comments below.