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UK installs 545MW solar in 2020

21 January, 2021 – The latest analysis by Solar Energy UK has highlighted a rise in solar PV installation by 27% in 2020 when compared to 2019. A total of 545MW of solar PV has been installed in the UK during 2020. The large quantity of solar PV installation is particularly notable, due to 2020 being the first full year without the Feed-in-Tariff and installation being more constrained due to COVID-19. 2020 has been the highest year for solar PV deployment in the UK since 2017.

Biden returns US to Paris climate accord hours after becoming president

20 January, 2021 – Joe Biden has put climate change at the heart of his political agenda after re-entering the US into the Paris Agreement only hours after being sworn in as president. Biden is aiming to make the US quickly respond to the climate crisis by making climate change his next biggest priority, second only to COVID-19. With the US being a global leader, Biden is sending a strong message about the importance of climate change and meeting the Paris Agreement, which should echo across the world.

Government unveils 'radical' energy efficiency standards for homes and offices

20 January, 2021 – The UK government have announced that, by 2025, new builds must produce 75-80% fewer carbon emissions than current building standards, improving energy efficiency. Existing homes will also be expected to become more energy-efficient, with building extensions having specific energy efficiency requirements too. Non-domestic new builds will have more ambitious targets by aiming to be ‘zero-carbon ready’ by 2025.

Natural Power launches bat curtailment tech

19 January, 2021 – Natural Power, a renewable consultancy team, has pioneered a new technology which will help reduce bat collision with wind turbines. The new technology has a Detection and Active Response Curtailment (DARC) system, which has an acoustic monitor that monitors bat activity by listening for bat calls. When bat activity is sensed at the wind turbines, the turbines will cease moving for 30 minutes. By shutting down turbines, bat collisions should reduce, making wind turbines less damaging to their ecosystem.

Old wind turbine blades to be used to build bridge in Ireland

18 January, 2021 – Cork Institute of Technology has launched a ‘Re-Wind’ project with innovative solutions for recycling old wind turbines. The project will test the effectiveness of turning an unused wind turbine into a pedestrian bridge in County Cork. It is hoped that if this project is successful, this recycling solution will help reduce waste coming from the wind sector. The bridge will be constructed in early 2021, with installation expected by June 2021.

BBC Director-General broadcasts new net zero ambitions

14 January, 2021 – Tim Davie, the Director-General of the BBC, has recently announced that the BBC has committed to a 2030 net-zero target. Details on how the BBC will reach this target are expected to be released in the next few months. The BBC’s net-zero plan is expected to include onsite renewable energy installations, along with increased energy efficiency measures. The BBC will join other large broadcasting organisations, such as Sky and BT, in committing to a net-zero target.

National Grid ESO hails 2020 as the greenest year ever for Britain’s electricity

13 January, 2021 – The National Grid ESO have announced that 2020 has been the greenest year for the UK’s electricity. Both wind and solar have reached new generation and percentage contributed to the electricity mix records in 2020. The renewable energy highlight of the year was that, in 2020, the UK was powered coal-free for 5,147 hours, which sufficiently tops previous years. It is hoped that 2021 will be a promising year for further renewable energy records.

‘The issue of wasted renewable power must be solved now for UK to reach net zero by 2050’

13 January, 2021 – Lane Clark & Peacock LLP have released a new study which indicates that 3.6TWh of generated wind power in the UK was wasted in 2020, which is enough to power a million homes for a full year. The main reason for the wasted energy was attributed to network constraints. Lane Clark & Peacock LLP have suggested that the installation of 20GWh of battery storage could help reduce the wasted energy by approximately 50%, as the energy could be stored in the battery until required at peak hours.

UK electricity prices hit record level as Britain's big freeze looms

12 January, 2021 – A cold snap in the UK this week has resulted in the price of electricity reaching a record high rate of £1,500 per megawatt-hour. The increase in the price is related to the extremely high demand in periods of low renewable energy generation. The price of gas has also risen in price by 1/5 during this freezing winter period. The installation of onsite renewable energy is a great way to ensure long-term cost-savings on energy and to avoid price volatility. Contact OnGen today to find out if onsite renewables are feasible at your site.

Power firm Aggreko invests £4.5m in 'future energy hub'

12 January, 2021 – Aggreko a temporary power provider has invested £4.5 million to create a ‘future energy hub’ in Scotland. The company are planning on turning their production facility in Dumbarton into an eco-friendlier site. Green initiatives include replacing diesel with low emission hydrotreated vegetable oil, installing standalone battery storage and replacing light bulbs with LED lighting. The latest investment at this site will help Aggreko work towards meeting their net-zero goal.

Renewables professionals ‘unfazed by Covid-19’

12 January, 2021 – The latest Global Energy Talent Index report, which surveyed 16,000 energy professionals across 160 countries, has highlighted that 77% of people believe that the renewable energy sector has grown in 2020. Furthermore, 85% of the responders are expecting the renewable energy industry to continue to expand over the next three years. This report clearly communicates a positive outcome for the renewables sector during the pandemic, which is expected to continue.

Distilleries receive first phase of £10m green whisky fund

8 January, 2021 – Distilleries across the UK have received up to £75,000 from the UK government to motivate sustainable produce. The funding is expected to help support jobs in the industry and help the industry transition to net-zero. The seventeen distilleries that have received funding are planning to invest in onsite renewables and low-carbon heating technologies, including biomass, biofuel boilers, hydrogen and geothermal energy. Our software, the OnGen Expert, allows for you to assess the feasibility of biomass CHP and biomass heating, along with an array of other onsite renewables and low-carbon technologies. Contact OnGen today for a software demo.

Norfolk to get 15,000 more LED street lights

8 January, 2021 – Norfolk County Council has unveiled energy efficiency plans to install a further 15,000 LED streetlights across the county to reduce emissions and become more energy efficient. The County Council is already making progress towards its carbon neutrality 2030 target, with earlier LED instalments providing 1,2000 tonnes of carbon savings. Our software, OnEfficiency, can recommend the best ways for your buildings to become more energy-efficient, providing greater cost and carbon savings. Contact OnGen for more information about OnEfficiency.

Vehicle-to-Grid rollout could deliver £880m in annual savings

7 January, 2021 – A joint Vehicle-to-Grid project with Nissan, E.ON and Imperial College London has highlighted the potential of EVs being used for distributed energy storage. The EV battery inside a plug-in parked vehicle could distribute energy from the EV battery to the electricity grid and back again during high demand. The research suggests that emissions from power networks could be lowered by using the Vehicle-to-Grid concept, while also giving annual cost savings of up to £880m.

OnGen: New tech fuels Scots firm's hope to lead nation to net-zero

7 January, 2021 – OnGen have completed a successful pilot with the North East Yorkshire and Humberside (NEYH) Energy Hub. OnGen’s software, the OnGen Expert, has been used to assess the feasibility of onsite renewables for 76 locations across 12 local and combined authorities. The pilot has identified an array of opportunities for large carbon savings within this Energy Hub. The NEYH Energy Hub Manager, Paul Taylor, has claimed that the project has been a “huge success, with public bodies identifying investable, decarbonisation schemes where they have not had the tools and expertise to do so before.”

Solar and battery installation to cover 30% of the energy needs of Portsmouth International Port

5 January, 2021 – Portsmouth International Port confirms plans to be the first UK port with a MW-scale battery and solar canopy installation, paired with 1,670 roof mounted solar panels. The 750 killowatt peak system solar and battery installation is expected to meet approximately a third of the site’s electricity requirements, with 159 annual tonnes of carbon savings. Onsite renewables are the perfect way to increase carbon savings at your site. Contact OnGen today to find out your potential for onsite renewables today.

Geothermal electricity to be produced and sold in UK for first time after landmark PPA agreed

4 January, 2021 – An iconic PPA between Ecotricity and Geothermal Engineering Limited allows for geothermal baseload electricity to be generated and sold within the UK for the first time. Approximately 3MW-5MW of geothermal electricity will be generated in Cornwall and distributed to Ecotricity via the national grid. This project highlights the possibilities of geothermal as an additional resource for generating renewable energy in the UK.
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Green boost for regions to cut industry carbon emissions

4 January, 2021 – UK government funding of £8 million will be split across six projects in the UK to aid with creating the world’s first net-zero emissions industrial zone by 2040. The projects are located in West Midlands, Tees Valley, North West, Humber, Scotland and South Wales. These projects aim to create new employment opportunities while reducing emissions. The next step for the net-zero projects is to produce more in-depth plans for becoming net-zero in their industrial sector.

Good Energy to launch ‘time-of-use’ tariff for EV drivers

4 January, 2021 – Good Energy have launched a new electricity tariff which will benefit EV drivers. The energy company’s new tariff has an extended off-peak window which is paired with a lower energy price, allowing for EV drivers to charge their vehicles for a lower cost. Good Energy aims for this new initiative to make EVs more accessible, while also reducing strain on the electricity grid, as EVs would be charged at times of lower grid demand.

UK: Winlaton pioneering hydrogen energy pilot

3 January, 2021 – Gas users in Winlaton village in the Northeast of England are pioneering a blended hydrogen and gas network for heating and cooking. The customers in this village will receive gas that is blended with 20% hydrogen by the end of the first quarter of 2021. If the pilot is successful, a blended gas and hydrogen mix could be a great first step to decarbonising heating across the UK.

2020 'greenest' year for UK electricity

31 December, 2020 – The National Grid ESO has reported that 2020 is expected to be the greenest year on record for electricity generation in the UK, reaching an average grid intensity figure of 181gCO2/kWh in January to November. The average carbon intensity value has largely decreased when compared to previous years, with a 15% decrease from 2019. With an aim to reduce grid carbon intensity to 100gCO2/kWh by 2030, the UK still needs to continue increasing decarbonisation initiatives to reach this target.

Storm Bella helps Great Britain set new record for wind power generation

28 December, 2020 – Boxing Day’s Storm Bella provided record wind generation for the UK, with 50.7% of the total electricity consumption being generated by wind power for over 24 hours. Earlier in December, the record for the highest power supplied by wind farms was reached at 17.3 gigawatts. During the earlier record, the electricity demand was higher in the UK, resulting in wind making up a smaller percentage of total energy consumption. These wind records help celebrate a triumphant year of renewable energy records being met.

Ministers urged to cut VAT on batteries for homes after Brexit

22 December, 2020 – An open letter sent to UK Ministers that was signed by organisations, including the UK’s Renewable Energy Association and Powervault, urges the UK government to reduce VAT on home energy storage systems to 5%. Previously, when the UK was part of the EU, the VAT percentage increased across the EU for home battery storage systems in 2019, resulting in these systems becoming less affordable. Now, as the UK faces the Brexit transition, it could be the perfect time to reduce the VAT on home energy storage systems with the aim to help grow the energy storage sector and decarbonise the UK.

Eight energy majors agree on six ‘energy transition principles’ towards net zero

18 December, 2020 – A joint statement signed by eight large energy companies including Total, BP and Equinor agrees on six ‘energy transition principles’ for reaching net-zero. These energy companies have agreed to follow net-zero principles including supporting the Paris Agreement, aiming to reduce their carbon emissions and being more transparent with any climate change risks. It is hoped that these principles noted will help these energy giants reach their net-zero targets.

Renewables power to 90% of Scottish demand

18 December, 2020 – The latest annual energy statement for Scotland has highlighted that the Scottish renewable energy output for 2019 equates to the equivalent of 90.1% of the country’s total electricity consumption, another record year for the increase of renewable energy electricity generation. The Scottish government aim to further increase the percentage of renewables by decarbonising energy-intensive industries, heating and transport through acting on new sustainability policies announced in the Scottish government’s Climate Change Plan Update.

Budweiser and CleanEarth announce Magor Brewery to be Powered by Massive Wind Turbine

18 December, 2020 – Budweiser Brewing Group has increased sustainability efforts at Magor brewery in South Wales by installing a wind turbine to power the site. The wind turbine is located within 1 mile of the brewery and will power Magor brewery by purchasing the generated electricity through a power purchase agreement with CleanEarth. The recently installed wind turbine will generate approximately a quarter of the required electricity for this site, saving 2,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum. If you are interested in understanding the potential of onsite renewables at your site, contact OnGen today.

Scottish Water to install £2m solar and storage facility at wastewater plant

17 December, 2020 – Scottish Water have announced plans of installing over 1MW of solar paired with battery storage (800kWh capacity) at Perth’s wastewater treatment works. The project will result in 2,520 solar panels and four vanadium flow batteries being installed in 2021 and will reduce the site’s energy costs by 40%. The project is also predicted to reduce 160 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year to help Scottish Water meet their 2040 net-zero emissions target.

'Extremely encouraging': Why three-quarters of UK firms are now plotting net zero goals in 2021

17 December, 2020 – HSBC’s latest poll involving 1,000 UK-based companies has found that 73% plan to introduce new net-zero goals in 2021. Furthermore, 78% of these companies are expecting their sales to increase in 2021 as a direct result of concentrating more on sustainability. These companies would like to see more government support, with 42% of the surveyed organisations wanting more government funding for initiatives to reduce their emissions.

Electric car battery pack prices fell 89% in just 10 years

16 December, 2020 – Bloomberg NEF report that the battery pack that is used in electric cars’ price has dramatically fallen by 89% over the past 10 years, falling 13% in 2019 alone. The battery pack now costs $137/kWh on average. The decrease in price should result in EVs becoming more affordable, as the battery pack currently makes up 21% of an EV’s cost. The decrease in battery packs prices will also positively influence the price of standalone battery storage.

‘Only 46% of SMEs in the UK are actively working to improve their energy efficiency’

14 December, 2020 – Yü Energy’s latest survey based on SMEs’ energy efficiency measures has found that just 46% of SMEs are making energy efficiency improvements to their businesses. Of the surveyed companies, less than 20% have buildings which have an EPC rating above B. Yü Energy suggest that by becoming more energy-efficient and achieving a higher EPC rating, an SME will not only be more eco-friendly but will also save up to 28% off energy bills. If you are interested in increasing your SME’s EPC rating, try OnGen’s newest software OnEfficiency for recommendations on how to make your business more energy efficient.

Government fund offers £34m to help manufacturing industries reduce emissions

11 December, 2020 – The Scottish Government’s decarbonisation manufacturing fund has now opened for applicants. The £34 million Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund allows for companies within the manufacturing industry to apply for grants of up to £125,000 to invest in onsite energy efficiency improvements and low-carbon technologies. The fund is open for applicants until the 26th of February 2021. If you are interested in taking advantage of this fund to deploy renewable and low-carbon technologies, contact OnGen to unlock the potential of renewables at your site.

Jacobs reaches 100% renewables and net-zero emissions for business operations

11 December, 2020 – Jacobs, the global engineering firm, has announced that it is now powered by 100% renewable energy. The engineering firm also revealed that it has become carbon neutral in its general operations and business travel. Jacobs is planning to take its ambitions further, with an aim to become carbon negative by 2030. Jacobs is a leading company in making sustainable choices and hopefully will inspire more companies to make a carbon-negative target.

Recycled wind turbine blades can help clean up cement production – but how?

10 December, 2020 – Plans for recycled wind turbines to replace raw materials in cement manufacturing in the US have been announced by GE Renewable Energy. The recycled wind turbine blades can replace up to 90% of the raw materials used to create cement. This recycling process has the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in cement production by 27%.

Amazon becomes ‘world’s largest’ renewable energy backer with 26 new utility-scale solar and wind projects

10 December, 2020 – Amazon has released plans for 26 new renewable energy projects spanning from the UK to Australia to help power their company. Amazon is planning for a 3.4GW increase in electricity production because of these new projects, which will help Amazon become the world’s largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy. These projects are expected to be a mix of solar PV and wind installations.

Bloomberg NEF: Pandemic's effect on renewable energy investment has hit developing nations hardest

10 December, 2020 – Bloomberg NEF’s latest report highlights that the renewable energy investment market has been unevenly influenced by COVID-19 between developed and undeveloped countries. The report found that developed countries, such as the UK and Germany, were on track for meeting a similar percentage of clean energy finance as was seen in 2019. In contrast, in developing countries, including Pakistan and Haiti, investment was found to be around 20% lower than 2019 levels. Bloomberg NEF also has concerns that the renewable market will recover more slowly in developing countries.

Ofgem finalises RIIO-2 price control to get the grid ready for net zero

8 December, 2020 – Ofgem have announced plans for investing £40 billion into the national electricity grid infrastructure as part of the finalised RIIO-2 price control. Ofgem aims for this funding to help increase green energy investment. The investment will also help network companies make repairs and upgrades to the grid.

IEA: Energy efficiency improvements for 2020 'the weakest in a decade'

7 December, 2020 – IEA reported that 2020 has had the lowest level of investment in energy efficiency improvements within the past decade. IEA is alarmed by these findings, as they believe that energy efficiency improvements are necessary for meeting climate targets. We hope that the government’s funding packages, such as the UK’S Green Home Grant, should have a positive impact on energy efficiency in future years. If you would like to improve the energy efficiency of your organisation, contact OnGen to learn more about our software, OnEfficiency.

UK's first all-electric car charging forecourt opens in Essex

7 December, 2020 – The UK’s first electric charging forecourt has opened in a retail park in Essex with facilities to change 36 cars. The forecourt will be powered by a mix of a subsidy-free solar power from Bedfordshire, solar carport canopies and a battery storage system. The company Gridserve say that this project is the first of over 100 installations that are planned to be deployed within the next five years around the UK. Interested in powering your site by solar carport canopies and a battery storage system? Try the OnGen ExpertTM to assess the feasibility of these technologies at your site. Contact OnGen for a free demo.

UK vows to outdo other economies with 68% emissions cuts by 2030

4 December, 2020 – The UK Government have announced 2030 plans to reduce their annual carbon emissions by 68% when compared to the UK’s 1990 levels. This new target is a large rise in the UK’s reduction target when compared to the current target of 57%. It is hoped that the UK’s larger target will help lead the way in encouraging other countries to also increase their climate reduction target.

Local authorities 'need more government support to deliver net-zero visions'

4 December, 2020 – The latest report by Green Alliance has highlighted that local councils in England are struggling to meet their net-zero goals due to a lack of government funding. Although there is a significant amount of funding available for the public sector, it is still lower than in previous years and has decreased by 24% in the last decade. The report suggests that an increase in funding and the size of the skills force will be necessary for local councils to meet their net-zero goals.

Call for decarbonisation R&D projects

3 December, 2020 – The Welsh Government’s EU SMART Cymru program has announced a new funding opportunity for businesses that are interested in exploring the feasibility of decarbonisation initiatives. The funding is aimed at reducing carbon from products, processes and technologies for organisations with over 10 employees. This new funding is ideal for organisations that want to assess the feasibility of onsite renewables at their site by using the OnGen Expert. If you are interested in making use of this funding, contact OnGen today.

European Energy agrees UK solar partnership

3 December, 2020 – A new partnership between European Energy and Norstar will help support the deployment of 12 new solar projects in the North East of England. It is hoped that the expertise of both companies will allow for a strong partnership that will incorporate local and European solar knowledge

30 November, 2020 – The Gresham House Energy Storage Fund (GRID) have finished their investment in the 50MW standalone battery in Wickham Market, Suffolk. The battery installation has a storage capacity of 74MWh and has been connected to the distribution network. The completion of this project totals GRID’s operational standalone battery portfolio to up 315MW. The standalone battery is expected to gain revenue by trading within the wholesale market and National Grid’s FFR tenders and Balancing Mechanism.

University of Glasgow targets net-zero emissions by 2030

30 November, 2020 – The University of Glasgow has announced plans for a net-zero 2030 target. The university’s ambitious goal is aiming to be met by an array of eco-friendly changes including the installation of onsite solar panels and increasing energy efficiency improvements. Since 2015, the University of Glasgow has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 13%. The installation of onsite renewables is a great way to lower your carbon dioxide emissions. If you are interested in unlocking the potential of renewables at your site, contact OnGen.

InterGen unveils UK’s largest battery storage project with 320MW Essex site

30 November, 2020 – The UK’s largest battery storage project has been announced to be built in Essex at the Thames Estuary. InterGen is planning to install 320MW/640MWh of battery storage with the potential to expand the capacity to 1.3GWh. The battery storage will help balance the grid in Essex and is planned to be built by 2024.

Global investors plan to double proportion of renewable investments in next five years

24 November, 2020 – Octopus Energy’s latest study that surveyed institutional investors has highlighted that global investment in renewables is forecasted to double within the next five years. Investment in renewable energy is expected to increase from 4.2% to 8.3% within the next five years and continue to rise to 10.8% by 2030. The largest volume of investment is expected from investors in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

UK climbs to fifth for global renewables market outlook

24 November, 2020 – The UK has reached the top 5 in the global renewables market in EY’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI). The UK’s offshore wind commitments have helped the UK jump above the lower ranking spots that the UK has taken in previous years and overtake Germany to reach 5th The US has the top RECAI ranking after offering large COVID-19 packages that support renewables and China follows closely in second place because of their large solar installations continuing during 2020.

CfD: Government to back 12GW of renewable energy capacity in next auction

24 November, 2020 – The UK government have announced plans of increasing the renewable energy capacity by 12GW in the next CfD auction in 2021. The proposed increase is over double the capacity of the last auction at just 5.8GW. The rise in capacity will help the UK meet the net-zero goal. The renewable technologies will also be split into different groups when competing in the fourth round, resulting in onshore wind and solar being in a separate category from the other renewable technologies. Offshore wind will be in its own category.

Report: Renewables and flexible energy could cut £660m off UK's net-zero transition

23 November, 2020 – Wärtsilä Energy’s latest report suggests that if the UK government supported the installation of more renewables and battery storage rather than building a new nuclear plant, £660 million could be saved by 2030. The cost savings would be a mix of reduced operational and building costs. However, with many of the UK’s nuclear power plants closing, the government would prefer to not completely lose nuclear generation.

Full steam ahead for solar powered rail

23 November, 2020 – The Riding Sunbeams project was granted £2.5 million of UK government funding to support the world’s first railway that will be powered by solar energy. The planned solar railway line is the London to Eastbourne line. This railway line would be connected to a 3.75MW community solar project in East Sussex which would help power the railway line. The London to Eastbourne railway line is expected to be powered by solar by 2022 and there are plans for the project to be extended to other parts of the UK.

UK's advertising sector charts course to net-zero by 2030

19 November, 2020 – The Advertising Association have released a new framework to help the UK’s advertising industry meet net-zero emissions by 2030. The project will offer advice to companies in the advertising industry related to reducing emissions through renewable energy installations and energy efficiency investments. If advertising companies sign up to the framework, they are then committed to reducing their emissions and reaching their net-zero target.

Voltalia signs solar supply with City of London

19 November, 2020 – The City of London Corporation are going to pioneer a £40 million power purchase agreement (PPA) with Voltalia. The green energy for the PPA will be generated at a 50 MW solar plant planned to be built in south-west England. The project is the first PPA to be set up between a local authority and a renewable. The City of London Corporation is expected to save £3 million on energy costs over the next 15 years. If you are interested to understand the cost-savings from installing solar PV at your business site, contact OnGen today for a renewable energy site assessment.

More than half of UK councils have set a net zero goal for 2030 or sooner

19 November, 2020 – Carbon Copy’s latest report into local councils’ net-zero targets has highlighted that nearly three-quarters of local councils have declared a climate emergency. The report also demonstrated that over half of the local councils in the UK have set a net-zero goal for 2030 or earlier, which is 20 years sooner than the UK government’s target. As part of Carbon Copy’s study, they have also released an interactive map to look at climate targets in each local area.

UK launches research into space-based solar power station

18 November, 2020 – The UK is investigating if solar power from space could be used as a constant source of renewable energy. A space-based solar power system would be composed of large solar satellites that would generate renewable energy in space. The generated energy would then be converted into radio waves and beamed to ground-based receivers. The receivers could then be connected to the electric grid. Frazer-Nash Consultancy will be conducting the project research to understand if this project could be feasible.

Boris Johnson announces 10-point green plan with 250,000 jobs

17 November, 2020 – Boris Johnson unveiled a 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution to take place in the UK. The government have set aside £12bn to meet these goals, which include a ban on diesel and petrol cars by 2030 and investment in carbon capture initiatives. The 10-point plan is also expected to create up to 250,000 jobs throughout the UK. However, it is questioned if this plan is ambitious enough to meet the UK’s net-zero target.

European Energy, Locogen to co-develop 800-MW wind pipeline in Scotland

16 November, 2020 – European Energy and Locogen have partnered up to develop plans to install 800 MW of onshore wind in Scotland. The project is expected to go ahead within the next five years and when complete, the installation could supply energy to up to 500,000 homes. If your business is interested in installing a wind turbine, contact OnGen to understand the feasibility of this technology at your site.

Tesco to co-create three UK solar farms

13 November, 2020 – Tesco has announced the installation of three UK ground-mounted solar farms to generate energy to power their UK stores. The excess energy will be exported back to the grid through a PPA. The installation of their solar farms will help Tesco reach their goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2030, in-line with their net-zero 2035 UK goal. The company also plan to install roof-mounted solar on a further 17 of their English stores. Interested in installing solar like Tesco? Contact us today to see if it’s feasible at your commercial site.

Almost 80% of people in the UK ‘support the use of renewable energy’

12 November, 2020 – BEIS Public Attitudes Tracker survey of 4,000 adults has found that nearly 80% of people in the UK support the use of renewable energy. The highest supported renewable energy technology was solar energy, with 85% public approval, while the lowest public approval percentage was onshore wind at 73%. The BEIS survey also highlighted that 80% of the public are concerned or fairly concerned about climate change.

SSE powers up net zero target for 2050 'at the latest'

11 November, 2020 – SSE have announced that they aim to have net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest. The energy supplier has previously released plans to support this target, including investing £7.5 billion on renewable infrastructure such as Dogger Bank, the world’s largest offshore wind farm. SSE also plan to reduce their absolute Scope 1 and 2 2018 baseline emissions by 40% by 2030.

Renewable energy defies Covid-19 to hit record growth in 2020

10 November, 2020 – The International Energy Agency reported that 2020 has been a record year for global renewable energy installations. Nearly 90% of all energy installations during this year have been renewable technologies. Furthermore, the IEA suggest that due to recent trends of renewable installations increasing while fossil fuels decline, renewables are set to become the biggest global energy source by 2025. The results from this report come as great news after previous concerns that COVID-19 would slow down the renewable installation rate during 2020.

Scotland introduces further incentives for renewables

9 November, 2020 – The Scottish Government have announced £4.5 million of cashback funding to help support households installing renewable heating systems or energy efficiency measures. The installation of a renewable heating system offers 75% cashback up to the value of £7,500 and 40% cashback is offered for households taking energy efficiency measures up to £6,000. This new scheme should be a great incentive for households wanting to take more sustainable measures.

BEIS gives businesses extra 12 months to apply for RHI

9 November, 2020 – The UK government have extended the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) by 12 months until March 2022 to support the private sector during the impacts of COVID-19. The extension will help support businesses that are already considering installing a low carbon heat technology. The Renewable Energy Association’s head of policy, Frank Gordon, welcomes the decision and expects that the extension will help support hundreds of businesses. Contact OnGen to unlock the renewable heat potential of your commercial site.

Swansea schools receive solar education

6 November, 2020 – The Egni Co-op have installed roof mounted solar panels on multiple primary schools in Swansea, resulting in emissions being reduced by 1,600 tonnes over the course of 20 years between these sites. These installations are helping Swansea Council meet their aims of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. The OnGen ExpertTM can be used to assess the feasibility of solar PV at your school or business. Contact OnGen today for more information.

ScottishPower Renewables succeed at re-energising power grid with wind energy

6 November, 2020 – A blacked out part of the transmission network been restored as a result of wind power from Dersalloch windfarm in South Ayrshire. The project used virtual synchronous machines to manage the frequency and voltage from the energy generated by the wind turbines. This technology was able to keep the system balanced and could also merge the energy supply with the grid to restore power to areas of the transmission system that had been blacked out. The success of the project is allowing Dersalloch windfarm to become a fully ‘black-start’ windfarm by 2022.

UK battery production centre of excellence charges up in Coventry

6 November, 2020 – A pioneering battery production centre has opened in Coventry as part of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC). The site aims to bring different researchers and manufactures together to work on developing battery storage systems in the UK. This week, UKBIC have welcomed their first partners into the new site. The centre at present has 86 employees, with the hope to grow by making future industry partnerships.

Turbine turns into poppy to mark Remembrance Sunday

5 November, 2020 – Vattenfall have transformed a wind turbine in Leicestershire at the M1 motorway into a poppy to honour Remembrance Sunday. The wind turbine was modified to look like a poppy by projecting a 90-metre-wide poppy head onto the blades and smaller poppies surrounding the wind turbine. It is hoped that this installation will allow for people to see the wind turbine poppy for miles into the distance to pay remembrance in their own way.

UK’s total onshore wind capacity ‘could reach 30GW by 2030’

3 November, 2020 – RenewableUK estimate that onshore wind could reach 30GW capacity in the UK by 2030, producing enough power for over 19.5 million homes per annum. The deployment of onshore wind will also help drive a green recovery, with an estimated 30,000 jobs being supported. The predicted rise in capacity is partly due to onshore wind being part of the CfD auctions, as well as decreasing capital costs.

UK's largest battery comes online in South Yorkshire

3 November, 2020 – Flexitricity, on behalf of Gresham House, have deployed the UK’s largest battery storage system of 50MW/75MWh in Thurscroft, South Yorkshire. This battery storage system will be used to help the National Grid balance the grid as renewable installations continue to rise. Gresham House is aiming to continue increasing their onsite energy storage to 350MW by the end of 2020. If you are interested in finding out if a standalone battery system would be feasible at your site, contact OnGen today.

Primark commits to deliver net-zero value chain by 2050

29 October, 2020 – Primark are the latest fashion store to sign the UN’s Fashion Charter, aiming for net-zero emissions by 2050. The UN Fashion Charter launched in 2018 and has over 50 businesses committed to the net-zero goal, including H&M and Levi Strauss. Primark also aim to reduce their emissions by 30% by 2030 and are currently developing a decarbonisation roadmap.

Solihull Council secures £6.5m for low carbon energy network

29 October, 2020 – Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council have received over £6.5 million of funding to allow for the development of a low carbon energy network in Solihull Town Centre. Solihull plans to install an open-loop ground source heat pump which will provide heat to multiple properties within the town centre. The project will save over 280,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide once installed by 2022. Unlock the potential of ground source heat at your site by using the OnGen Expert. Contact OnGen for a software demo.

Scottish SMEs offered £4m cashback for energy efficiency and renewable heating

29 October, 2020 – The Scottish Government have announced a £4 million cashback grant scheme to help small and medium-sized businesses improve their energy efficiency and to install renewable heating technologies. The scheme will allow for SMEs to access a 75% cashback grant for up to £10,000 towards renewable heat measures and a 30% cashback grant for energy efficiency measures up to £10,000. Now is the ideal time to make the most of these grant schemes; contact OnGen to find out what renewable heating technologies are feasible at your site.

Highest SEG tariff launched as Tesla Energy Plan expanded to solar and Powerwall systems

27 October, 2020 – Tesla have announced the highest Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) tariff in the UK as part of the Tesla Energy Plan. The Tesla Energy Plan is now available for homes with solar panels and Tesla Powerwall battery systems with or without an EV. The rate of £0.08/kWh for Tesla vehicle owners and £0.11/kWh for non-Tesla vehicle owners has been offered, which is significantly higher than the current SEG tariffs on the market. At OnGen you can assess the feasibility of solar PV with a battery system for your business with a chosen SEG tariff. Contact OnGen today for a free demo of our software.

Global PV installations to hit 115GW in 2020

27 October, 2020 – Wood Mackenzie’s latest quarterly market outlook expects photovoltaic installations to have increased globally by 115GW by the end of the year. However, an increase in COVID19 outbreaks may result in installation for the rest of 2020 slowing. Wood Mackenzie predict a 5% global increase in installations for 2020 when compared to 2019. The percentage of global increase is forecasted to steadily raise up to 2025. Photovoltaic installations are increasing the most in Asia, with 39GW being deployed in 2020.

Ofgem 'must deliver on net zero'

27 October, 2020 – 17 UK organisations, including Scottish Renewables and Energy Networks Association, have called for Ofgem to consider the UK net-zero target when deciding on price control. Chief executive of Scottish Renewables, Claire Mack, has emphasised the importance of Ofgem setting a regulatory framework for electricity and gas transmission, distribution and price controls, which would allow for the flexibility to work towards net-zero. The next policy changes by Ofgem are to be announced in December for the transmission of gas and electricity.

‘Energy efficiency has been forgotten as the easiest way to cut emissions’

21 October, 2020 – DNV GL has reported that a global effort and investment is needed to increase the uptake of energy-efficient measures. Energy efficiency is often a forgotten step in a company’s decarbonisation journey, although it is the easiest way to cut emissions. Energy-efficient measures should be remembered as another pillar to help reach emission reduction goals. If you are interested in helping your company become more energy-efficient, contact OnGen for a demo of our new software, OnEfficiency.

Birds can avoid rotor blades Vattenfall study finds

21 October, 2020 – Vattenfall’s ornithological study in Kilm Wind Farm, Denmark has found that birds are able to avoid the rotor blades of wind turbines far easier than previously thought. The study demonstrated that 99% of the short-billed geese and cranes that flew within the Kilm Wind Farm area were able to avoid the blades of the wind turbines. The results of this study are highly positive for the installation of wind turbines, especially as the studied area is also within an important natural area.

'Decentralise, digitalise, and decarbonise': Engie UK debuts low carbon housing retrofit solution

20 October, 2020 – Engie are helping local authorities and housing associations reduce their emissions to meet net-zero goals by releasing a new low carbon housing retrofit service. The retrofit service aims to make homes more eco-friendly and energy-efficient. The new services include the installation of solar PV, standalone battery storage and housing retrofit. With over half of the UK housing market having an EPC rating of D or less, this initiative is a great start to help the housing market be greener. Our new software OnEfficiency can help you increase your company’s EPC rating by becoming more energy efficient. Contact OnGen for a demo.

This winter could see 1.3GW of new wind come online

20 October, 2020 – Cornwall Insight estimate a 1.3GW increase in installed capacity of onshore wind this winter in the UK. The increase in capacity would result in a 5% increase in total capacity to 25.4GW. This rise in onshore wind is the result of this technology being included within the Contracts for Difference scheme which allows for this technology to be even more financially feasible. However, the National Grid ESO’s report estimates that a faster installation rate is needed to meet the UK’s net-zero goal.

Wood Mackenzie reports on the future of solar

19 October, 2020 – Wood Mackenzie’s latest report highlights that an increase in module efficiency rates and the power class of solar PV will significantly reduce the cost of solar energy during the next decade. The capex cost of a solar project is expected to reduce by 3-9% during this period as solar module technology rapidly evolves, with modules with small wafer sizes eventually being phased out of the market as large modules become more cost-efficient.

SSE gains green light for 1.5GW Scots pumped hydro

16 October, 2020 – Plans to build the first British hydro scheme within 30 years have been consented by the Scottish Government. The 1,500MW hydro storage scheme will be located at Coire Glas in the Scottish Highlands and, if the project goes ahead, will be extremely beneficial for meeting the UK’s net-zero target. The project is awaiting commercial approval before building can commence but consent from the Scottish Government is a big step in the right direction.