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Feed in Tariffs from 1st July announced

Ofgem has confirmed the Feed in Tariffs for solar photovoltaic technology for the period starting 1 July 2013 until 1 October 2013. The new FiT rates for installations with an eligibility date on or after 1 July 2013 are: Description FiT rate p/kWh 0-4kW 14.90 >4-10kW 13.50 >10-50kW 12.57 >50-100kW 11.10 >100-150kW 11.10 >150-250kW 10.62 >250kW-5MW 6.85 Stand-alone 6.85 Export tariff 4.64   Despite installations in the 0-50kW range falling short of the stated trigger levels, the 0-4kW, >4-10kW, >10-50kW will all degress by 3.5% as a result of the tariff reduction method that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) included as part of the revised feed-in tariff.

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Solar Days at Energy Now Expo

Solar Days will be exhibiting at the Energy Now Expo to be held at the Telford International Centre on 13 – 14 February 2013.  This is a two-day conference and exhibition designed to bring together farmers & landowners from all over the UK to help them explore and further understand the opportunities available in renewable energy types – wind, biomass, biofuels, biogas, ground source heating, hydro and solar. The conference will focus on all aspects of renewable energy, while the exhibition will provide a showcase of more than 160 suppliers demonstrating the latest technologies. Solar Days has seen a substantial increase in interest in solar photovoltaic installations from farmers and landowners and has undertaken numerous installations of solar arrays on farms.  We see this as an excellent opportunity to meet potential customers in our region.  See http://www.energynowexpo.co.uk/ for more information.  Entry is free and we look forward to meeting past and future customers on our stand.

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Government proposals on Solar Feed in Tariff: what happens now?

Over the past week or so it has been announced by the Government that the Feed in Tariff rates will not only be reduced, but that the new rates will apply from as early as December. This has caused confusion, anger and shock amongst consumers and solar panel installers alike. In this post the proposed changes and the legal challenges mounted by organisations are discussed… So, the biggest problem for consumers and solar panel companies is that the amount of time available for installations before the Feed in Tariff rates are to be reduced has dramatically shortened. Many customers of national firms have been essentially left in the lurch in as much as they don’t know if they will get their panels installed in time for the cut of date. In response to this problem Friends of the Earth amongst others have launched a legal challenge against these governmental proposals. … Continue reading

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New Feed in Tariff Proposals: what will they mean for you?

So, shock news has been announced over the last few days that the Feed in Tariff rates are expected to be reduced by the Energy Secretary on Monday. What will this mean for you the consumer? The first thing to say is that there is still time left to take full advantage of the current incredible rates available under the clean energy cash back scheme. The rate of 43.3p and a 3p export tariff which could see you gain a round £1700 a year of financial benefits is still currently available, and is a definite reason to commit to investing in a solar panel installation now! With the new rates which are going to be less, although it is as yet unclear exactly what these new rates will be, it is obvious that the attraction somewhat diminishes. However, this is not to say that it will still not be profitable, … Continue reading

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Solar electricty at home…

A lot of the hype surrounding solar panel installations centres around the money they can generate for you. However, there is far more to it than that, both in terms of the science behind the panels and how it actually works in your home. Solar panels in essence are made up of lots of photovoltaic cells which are able to convert light energy into electricity. These cells can use any kind of light energy, whether it is artificial or natural, and most importantly do not stop working if the sun is blocked by clouds, as is so often the case in Britain! The reality is that the solar panels don’t actually require the sun in order to perform and create solar electricity; they just need it to be light. This means that the only time the panels don’t work is at night. So, where does this newly created solar electricity … Continue reading

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How solar panels can generate profit

Despite the fact we are continuously advised by the government, by well-wishers and by a whole host of organisations to save, save, save, the reality is that with current account rates at 0% and ISA rates at no more than 2-3%, there is no incentive to save! However, investing in a solar panel installation to generate your own solar electricity does make financial sense and returns a far greater return than many investment products on the market today! How does it do this? The key here is the government clean energy cash back mechanism, or Feed-in-Tariff as it is more commonly referred to. This is designed specifically for renewable technologies, the fastest growing of which, at least at a domestic level, are solar panels. Solar panels make up part of a solar installation which generates solar electricity which bring you tangible financial benefit. The essence of the Feed-in-Tariff is that … Continue reading

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