Planning permission no longer required for non-domestic solar installations. This follows a new set of regulations under the permitted development rights that came into effect on April 6 this year.
It is remarkable because Sukasol remembers when it was about to install solar on the Shree swaminarayan Temple in Cardiff and the bureacracy it had to go through. Details of this piece of news which has been gleaned from the solarpowerportal website can be found here: No more planning permission
Further details about the new regulations can be read from here: Town & Country planning
New mono-crystalline pyramid glass solar module "Made in Germany" with peak module efficiencies of 16.3% has gone into production at the alfasolar factory in Hannover.
alfasolar GmbH will be showcasing the innovative 60 cell mono-crystalline module during this year's International Technology Fair in Hanover on 23- 27.4.2012 at Hannover Messe.
The new 60 monocrystalline silicon solar cells module is available in the power classes 250, 255 and 260 watts peak power ratings and is designed to reach peak efficiencies of up to 16.3 percent. With 260 watts peak power the 60 cell mono-crystalline alfasolar Pyramid module is the first solar panel of its type to be manufactured in Germany with such a high performance. The new alfasolar module combines the advantages of high efficiency mono-crystalline cells with the yield-enhancing properties of the glass structured Pyramid 3-dimensional sun collector.
The modules can be obtained from SukaSol.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change have decided to throw in the towel in their bid to enforce their timetable for feed-in-tariff cuts through the Supreme Court.
Having lost the High Court judgement early this year which said their attempt to end the tariff in its present form on December 12 2011, the Minister signalled their determination to get the ruling overturned in the Supreme Court. But the supreme Court refused to hear the case in March. This then means the tariff cut was not going to be pegged at the December 12 2011 deadline. It was therefore applicable for all installations up to 3 March 2012.
In the light of the rejection by the Supreme Court, the Secretary of State Ed Davey annouced that they now consider the ruling to have as drawn 'a line under case', adding that their focus will now be put on efforts to ensuring the future stability and cost effectiveness of solar for 'the many, not for the few'.
After 3 March 2012, the applicable rate is now 21p per kilowatt hour.
(News Source: Cibse Journal April 2012)
The Energy Bill introduced to Parliament on 8 December 2010 includes provision for the new 'Green Deal', which is intended to revolutionise the energy efficiency of British properties. The Government is establishing a framework to enable private firms to offer consumers energy efficiency improvements to their homes, community spaces and businesses at no upfront cost, and to recoup payments through a charge in instalments on the energy bill.
WHY IS THE GREEN DEAL NEEDED?
At a local level, the Green Deal will enable many households and businesses to improve the energy efficiency of their properties without consuming so much energy and wasting so much money.
A quarter of the UK’s carbon emissions comes from the energy used in homes and a similar amount comes from our businesses, industry and workplaces. At a national level, the UK needs to become more energy efficient to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, which risk dangerous climate change. The Climate Change Act 2008 legislated for a reduction in our carbon emissions and set legally-binding carbon budgets across all sectors of the UK economy including our homes and communities, and our workplaces.
What a shame that the Green Deal doesn't seem to cover funding for Domestic Solar or efficient heaters installation.
Under the Green Deal, bill payers will be able to get energy efficiency improvements without having to front up the cash. Instead, businesses
will provide the capital, getting their money back via the energy bill. At the heart of the offer is a simple rule: estimated savings on bills will
always equal or exceed the cost of the work.
It’s a flexible framework, one that gives businesses and consumers the opportunity to make the energy efficiency improvements that best suit
their situation. Millions of homes and businesses could benefit from improvements under the Green Deal. Owner-occupiers and tenants will both be able to reap the rewards of better energy efficiency. And there will be extra help for those most in need, such as the vulnerable, those on low incomes and those with homes that are expensive to treat.
The Green Deal also represents a significant opportunity for businesses. Retailers, tradespeople, energy companies and investors
will have access to a huge and growing market, with implications for jobs and skills across the supply chain – and across the country, with
no regional bias.
Government predict that the supply chain could support 100,000 jobs within five years, spread across the United Kingdom. By making our homes and businesses more energy efficient, we can cut our carbon emissions and make real progress toward our 2050 emissions reduction target.
Details of the Renewable Heat Premium Payments have been announced!
- Ground Source Heat Pump - £1250 grant (for homes without mains gas heating)
- Biomass boiler - £950 grant (for homes without mains gas heating).
- Air source heat pump - £850 grant (for homes without mains gas heating)
- Solar thermal hot water panels - £300 grant (available to all households regardless of the type of heating system used)
The scheme starts 1st Aug 2011 and will run until 31st March 2012
What Products can Suka offer?
This can be sourced from our German and Local suppliers at competitive prices and offered to installers. Some of the suppliers offer training on installation and supply sales literature.
Air Source Heat Pumps
We sell systems from a UK manufacturer - HeatKing. Sizes range from 6kW to 13kW systems with prices from £3,500.