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Energy efficiency is not just low-hanging fruit; it is fruit on the ground. Stephen Chu, US Secretary of Energy

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  • Sharp — a company well known for making solar panels amongst other electronic equipment — has announced it is to grow strawberries in the Middle East. Following tests completed in Sharp’s laboratories, the aim is to commercialise a sealed plant-growing facility based on Sharp technology to grow a Japanese variety of strawberries. Read More...
  • Solar thermal has been in the news lately, following the Solar Trade Association’s claim that the cost of solar hot water systems could fall by almost 30 per cent, if the market expands to catch up with solar PV. I’ve always been a fan of solar water heating. Read More...
  • Today saw the launch of the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) — a new fund that will help rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects. This means that communities can get funding for initial investigations into the feasibility of a renewable energy project, and some of the subsequent planning costs. Read More...
  • The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) is a government subsidy paid for renewable electricity generation and is a fixed payment per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity generated. The rate paid varies by technology and also by size of project, with small- to medium-scale installations receiving higher rates. Read More...
  • 18 months or so ago, the Feed-in Tariff ‘debacle’ relating to solar photo-voltaic (PV) panels was said (by suppliers and installers) to be a deathly blow to a fledgling industry. Today, I read an article talking about a 'surge' in installations, with one installation with a huge 33 megawatt capacity just being completed on an old RAF airfield. Read More...