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Solar Trade Wars
- 17th May 2013
It seems that the European Commission is on the verge of declaring a trade war with China over the import of solar panels worth €21bn (£18bn) a year. The Commission is considering whether to impose an average "anti-dumping" import tariff of 47% on solar panels imported into the region.
Some European solar PV manufacturers may claim it’s a way of levelling the playing field, but the ... Continue reading
- 29th April 2013
Why fit renewables and not monitor their efficiency? Whether it is biomass, heat pumps, wind or solar PV, it's all about energy generation. And without monitoring, it is hard to react quickly to a system failure unless someone is staring at the controls 24 hours a day.
Whilst for small domestic installations one can get away with regular checks without fear of losing large portions of ... Continue reading
Businesses Can Save Money By Driving Electric
- 22nd April 2013
The UK trails most other European countries with its uptake of electric vehicles, despite attractive financial benefits for companies, according to a recent report by the IPPR.
The report reveals that businesses can save £3,755 over a four year period by switching from a standard fuel to an electric vehicle, whilst an employee could save £5,197 in fuel savings and tax benefits.
As ... Continue reading
Greenspiration Week: Going Greener for Charity!
- 17th April 2013
Over the past week, the Green Electrician Group took part in “Greenspiration Week” in order to raise money for the charity Trees for Cities. Throughout the week, we took part in a variety of eco-themed activities aimed at raising awareness on green issues amongst all employees. We also raised a total of £61.53 for the charity.
Trees for Cities perform some outstanding tasks both in ... Continue reading
Heat Pumps: Not just for Heating!
- 9th April 2013
With proposals on the table to include heat pumps in the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme from Spring 2014, we thought it was the perfect time to take a closer look at these versatile devices, and see what they can offer you in terms of energy savings.
Heat pumps come in two distinct varieties: ground source and air source. Ground source heat pumps utilise geothermal energy to power... Continue reading
Going Green Reduces Energy Prices - For Everyone
- 5th April 2013
The argument that green policies will cause energy bills to soar has been put to rest as the latest statistics show that the government’s green policies have reduced household bills by 5% a year.
“The biggest winners will always be those that invest in renewable energy,” comments Sales Director, Stephen Davies. “With the amount of electricity generated by solar PV increasing se... Continue reading
- 2nd April 2013
As Fat Boy Slim once commented, “we’ve come a long, long way together through the good times and the bad,” and having recently been recognised at the Sentinel Business Awards now is a ‘good time’ and so we thought we would share some details of our success!
The Sentinel Business Awards, launched 17 years ago, aims to recognise achievement, innovation and success across all indu... Continue reading
Increase Your PV Performance with a Spring Clean
- 28th March 2013
Spring is coming, and as the sun shines for the first time in what seems like an age, your mind might turn to your solar PV installation and the extra power it will generate in the coming months.
However, your modules may not be performing quite as well as you suspect. Given that solar panels are exposed to the elements, they can often pick up layers of dust and detritus that prevent the... Continue reading
Green Deal Gets Warm Reception
- 18th March 2013
The latest statistics released by the Government show that the Green Deal has been met with interest by consumers with over 1800 assessments lodged already. The scheme was launched at the end of January and provides UK properties with the chance to become more energy efficient using a government loan scheme linked to their bills.
A sister scheme to the Green Deal is the Energy Company ... Continue reading
Local Council Becomes Low Carbon Model
- 5th March 2013
We are pleased to see Wrexham County Borough Council in the top 4% of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) League table for 2011/12. The Green Electrician Group was involved in the very first pilot studies for their solar PV project and we are pleased to see that this initiative has paid off.
The CRC table ranks over 2,000 organizations based on their energy performance during the perio... Continue reading