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Great Britain: Solar Industry Summit discussed Solar Incentive Schemes

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 19, 2011

 London ” The UK currently holds the attention of the world with two government solar subsidy schemes – one for PV and one for solar thermal. The conference Solar Industry Summit – UK 2011, organized by the German company Solarpraxis in the middle of May in London, combined the interest of both technologies. Many are wondering which subsidy and which technology will win in the end – so far the PV feed-in tariff is the first in the race.
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Great Britain: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme to launch in June 2011

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 1, 2010

On 20 October 2010, after a comprehensive review of Great Britain’s Government Spending, it was announced that the long-awaited Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will launch in June 2011. The RHI will provide financial support for those who install renewable heating systems, and will support a range of technologies including solar thermal, biomass boilers, combined heat and power, biogas, bioliquids, geothermal and the injection of bio-methane into the natural gas grid.

Great Britain: Big Run on Phase 2 of the Low Carbon Building Programme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 16, 2010

 Solar thermal collectors” Phase 2 of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in Great Britain focuses on larger solar thermal systems. Since July 2009, this has meant an approval of 250 applications for them. It, however, has not been clear yet how many of these systems will actually be realized.
Source: BRE

Great Britain: Drafting of NREAP without consulting the Public or Stakeholders

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 27, 2010

Great Britain is a country with a fair number of governmental initiatives intended to save carbon emissions. Two major documents are the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan and the Renewable Energy Strategy (RES) published in July 2009, which cover all industries and renewable technologies. There is no doubt about the country taking its responsibility of reducing greenhouse gas emissions seriously, with RES 2020 targets calling for a reduction of 15 % in such emissions.

Solar Thermal: “Potential Massively Underestimated”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 1, 2009

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has recently published its Renewable Energy Strategy (RES) which includes solar thermal. This has provoked a strong response from the UK Solar Trade Association (STA) stating that DECC has “massively underestimated the potential of solar thermal technologies and completely missed a huge opportunity”.

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