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ADBA: UK risks missing carbon budgets unless AD is given Government backing
EXCLUSIVE: The UK Government must revise its policy approach to help companies realise the significant economic and environmental benefits of sending food waste to anaerobic digestion (AD), the industry's trade association has insisted.
Big brands call on UK Government to 'stop the solar tax hike'
More than 160 leading green businesses including Sainsbury's, Ikea and Kingfisher have today (5 December) called upon Chancellor Philip Hammond to scrap scheduled tax increases on solar PV.
Bristol's solar revolution continues with innovative stadium PV partnership
Bristol Sport's Ashton Gate Stadium, home to Bristol Football Club and Bristol Rugby, has partnered with Bristol City Council to install solar PV panels on one of its stands as part of a major refurbishment of the ground.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 04 - Plan A progress and carbon-neutral beer
Listen to exclusive interviews with M&S's director of sustainable business Mike Barry, the new director of the Corporate Leaders Group Jill Duggan, and Heineken's director of global sustainable development Michael Dickstein in this fourth episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast.
DECC launches consultation proposals to slash biogas subsidies
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has delivered another blow to the UK's clean energy industry, after proposing to completely cut Feed-in Tariff (FiT) schemes for large anaerobic digestion (AD) site and "severely" reduce subsidies for small and medium scale plants.
Ecotricity snaps up solar business from struggling SunEdison
Ecotricity has taken its first step into the UK domestic solar market, with the acquisition of the home rooftop solar business of troubled US company SunEdison.
Aviva on the road to 100% renewables with rooftop solar investment
Aviva has invested in rooftop solar PV systems across three of its UK sites as part of the investment providor's commitment to use 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
UK solar power installations plummet after Government cuts
The amount of household solar power capacity installed in the past two months has plummeted by three quarters following the Government's cuts to subsidies, according to new figures.
Good news: Solar VAT hike set to be vetoed in Parliament
After enduring a series of policy changes, Britan's solar community could finally be set for some welcome political news as it has been reported that a potential VAT hike on solar installations will be vetoed.
10 ways DECC is boosting investor confidence in the UK's energy market (according to DECC)
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released a list of ten ways it will stimulate investor confidence in the UK's energy market in the wake of widespread criticism aimed at numerous abrupt policy amendments.
Andrea Leadsom is 'sick and tired' of green policy critics
Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom is "sick and tired" of the barrage of complaints being fired at the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) over its punitive cuts to renewable energy subsidies.
MPs warn of 'dented' investor confidence over UK energy policy
The Government is risking higher energy prices and stalling new investment through 'sudden and numerous' energy policy changes that are denting investor confidence in the UK energy market, MPs have warned today (2 March).
20 ways Scotland can ignite a solar revolution
The Solar Trade Association (STA) has released a new document of 20 ways the Scottish Government can catalyse significant growth in the deployment of solar energy across the country.
Swindon welcomes first UK council solar bond
The UK's first ever council solar bond has been launched in Swindon, offering councils and local authorities the chance to raise capital for a 5MW community solar farm.
Next London Mayor urged to ignite solar energy revolution
A London-exclusive feed-in tariff (FiT) subsidy scheme and a new solar taskforce are among the new approaches to renewable energy generation that should be taken by the next Mayor of London, a new report from Greenpeace has claimed.
£13.5m hydro project underway in the Highlands
Scottish renewable energy company Green Highland Renewables has started work on a £13.5m hydropower scheme in the Scottish Highlands.
Brighton University installs rooftop solar array in 'record time' to beat subsidy deadline
The University of Brighton has unveiled a new solar panel array that will reduce carbon emissions at its Falmer campus by 82 tonnes annually, placing Brighton as one of the top universities in the UK for on-site renewable energy production.
Solar installations surge to beat subsidy cut-off date
Domestic and commercial solar installations in the final quarter of 2015 shot up by approximately 63% year-on-year, as developers scrambled to get projects up and running before subsidy cuts took effect.
Solar still a good option despite subsidy cut and VAT hike, says industry
Solar panels still make financial sense for consumers despite a double whammy of subsidy cuts and a rise in VAT rates, the industry has said.
Rudd blames Labour for £175m 'diesel farm' subsidies
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has been forced to defend her decision to allocate a new subsidy to back-up 'diesel farms' in Parliament today (7 January).
National Grid seeks more accurate solar data to refine power balancing act
The National Grid has enlisted the help of Sheffield University's solar research team to better understand how much power the UK's ever-growing array of solar panels is producing.
Confidence boost for solar sector with new repair scheme
A new solar trade agreement has been launched which allows member companies of the Solar Trade Association (STA) to repair and maintain damaged installations that were constructed by other companies.
Updated Feed-in Tariff timeline: The rise and fall of solar subsidies
With the Government's decision on major cuts to solar subsidies finally revealed, edie charts the rise and fall of the successful feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme which have been slashed by 64%.
Anger from renewables industry as key technologies set for VAT hike
Solar panels, wind and ocean hydro turbines could all be subject to a 15% VAT increase - from 5% to 20% - under new proposals from the Government.
7 questions George Osborne didn't answer in his Spending Review
Chancellor George Osborne spoke for an hour and the Government released a 154-page document detailing the changes made to Britain's economic plan today, but when it comes to green policy, there STILL seems to be more questions than answers.
Autumn Statement and Spending Review: The green business wish list
Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his update on the Government's plans for the economy, known as the Autumn Statement, in Parliament today. The hopes are high, but expectations are seemingly low among green groups and industry.
Carbon reduction incentives could ease 'complex' policy landscape, says DECC
UK businesses are operating within a "complex" energy policy environment and need to engage with Government over the potential introduction of new financial incentives to stimulate carbon reductions, a DECC official has claimed.
Brits still back renewables despite subsidy cuts
More than three quarters of the UK public support the use of renewable energy, according to the latest opinion poll from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Government to cut tax relief for community green energy schemes
The government plans to cut tax reliefs for community energy schemes to build new renewable power capacity such as solar and wind in a move that will deal a further blow to the UK's embattled renewables sector, green campaigners have warned.
FiT cuts would 'cripple' 70% of solar industry, survey finds
A new survey launched on the back of the Government's controversial feed-in tariff (FiT) consultation has found that 70% of solar installers are concerned that the anticipated cuts to subsidies could 'cripple' their financial stability.
Manchester set for Europe's largest floating solar project
Installation has started today (26 October) on Europe's largest floating solar power system which will generate 2.7GWh of renewable, zero carbon energy each year on a reservoir near Manchester.
Mayor Boris backs 'gentler' cuts to Feed-in Tariff
London Mayor Boris Johnson has called for a gradual reduction of solar subsidies rather than the 'cliff edge' cuts suggested by the Government.
£1 solar rescue plan gets cross-party backing
A plan to 'save the solar industry' by adding £1 on to consumer bills has received support from a cross-party coalition of 30 MPs.
Ecotricity to build three 'hybrid' energy parks
Green energy provider Ecotricity has announced plans to build three new 'hybrid' renewable energy parks, combining wind and solar power generation in the same project.
Renewables lowered electricity costs by £1.5bn in 2014, report finds
A new report has revealed that renewable energy in the form of wind and solar photovoltaics reduced the wholesale annual cost of electricity by £1.55bn.
Scotland takes renewables debate to London
The Scottish Government has brought its campaign on the future of renewable energy to Westminster as it renewed calls for the Conservative Party to rethink its recent subsidy cuts.
Scotland to retain 'grandfathering' subsidy guarantee for solar
The Scottish Government has acted swiftly to ensure that solar investors receive 'clarity and certainty' by denouncing UK Government proposals to end 'grandfathering' subsidy guarantees.
Construction begins on Britain's first 'split-ownership' solar farm
The first UK solar farm to be part-owned by both community and commercial groups is now being built at Braydon Manor Farm near Swindon.
Power to the people: Big businesses back calls for feed-in-tariff rethink
Ikea, Panasonic and DuPont are among a wave of businesses have thrown their weight behind calls for the UK Government to reconsider the "extreme" and "damaging" proposals to cut the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) scheme.
UK renewables 'tripped at the last hurdle' by subsidy cuts
Moves to slash renewable energy incentives will have a "drastic impact" on the UK's low-carbon future and increase the 'boom or bust' potential of key funding mechanisms, warns a joint trade association letter sent to the Government.
UK poll reveals 'overwhelming' public support for community renewables
More than three quarters of UK households would support renewable energy projects such as wind turbines and solar farms if the profits generated benefitted the local community, a poll has found.
Barnsley launches UK's largest community rooftop solar scheme
Barnsley residents are being invited to invest in a £10m solar rooftop community energy scheme - the largest of its kind in the UK.
Feed-in Tariff could be closed to new applicants by January 2016
The Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme, which offers subsidy support to small scale renewables, could be closed to new applicants by January 2016, the Government announced today.
UK's AD capacity now greater than a nuclear power station
The UK's anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has surpassed the 500MW capacity milestone, with 411 plants across the farming, waste and water sectors.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
This week in numbers has seen some surprising electric vehicle developments and exciting new figures for renewable energy and e-waste recycling.
Feed-in tariff changes will 'kill deployment' of small renewables, industry warns
Community renewables and anaerobic digestion (AD) are most at risk from the proposed changes in the Government's feed-in tariff (FIT) review, the renewable energy industry has warned.
Scotland now home to 660,000 solar panels
New figures have revealed the massive amount of small-scale renewable projects deployed in Scotland, but industry figures warned that further development could be crippled by recent subsidy cuts.
Community energy will take brunt of subsidy cuts, warn Scotland and Wales
Community energy schemes will be hit hardest by Amber Rudd's recent energy subsidy shake-up, ministers from Scotland and Wales have warned.
Nottingham installs UK's largest solar carport
Nottingham City Council has built the UK's largest solar carport at the city's newly redesigned Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre.
Butterfly bio-engineering could boost solar panel output by 50%
Mimicking the structure of a butterfly's wings could boost the output of solar panels by almost 50%, researchers from the University of Exeter have claimed.
Farming biogas leads 40% increase in sector electricity generation
Growth in the UK anaerobic digestion (AD) sector has seen electricity generation from bioenergy surge by 40% from 2013-14, according to figures from the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA).
GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in July 2015
The story of July has been cuts and lots off them.
DECC postpones next Contracts for Difference auction
On the same day as announcing that solar power subsidies will be cut, DECC has confirmed it will postpone the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction for large renewables projects.
Runaway maize? AD sector fends off criticism over damage to land
The anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has hit back at criticism from the Soil Association which claims that soil destruction caused by biofuel production is threatening the UK's food security.
Solar subsidies to end as Government seeks to control costs
The Department for Energy and Climate Change has dealt another series of blows to the renewable energy industry with fresh proposals to cease financial support for solar and biomass conversion plants and amend the feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme for smaller projects.
UK doubles large-scale solar capacity with world set for new installation record
The UK has doubled its installed utility-scale solar capacity in 2015, taking it to more than 4GW, according to new figures released today (14 July).
Waitrose dairy farm unveils rooftop solar array
A Waitrose dairy farm in Hampshire is now generating its own renewable energy after installing a 186 KWp solar array on the roof of a milk parlour.
Construction milestone for UK's largest on-site dairy AD plant
First Milk, one of the UK's largest cheese creameries, has announced the completion of the first phase of construction of a bio-energy plant at its dairy factory in Cumbria.
Subsidy cuts will hurt small solar farms, STA warns
Cuts to the Feed-in Tariff, which come into force today, will disproportionately hurt large solar roofs and small solar farms, the Solar Trade Association (STA) has warned.
Metal manufacturer targets £170,000 solar savings
A UK metalwork manufacturer expects to save £170,000 on its energy bills after installing a 28.5kWp solar PV array on the roof of its Leicestershire factory.
DECC's subsidy budget reaching crisis point, warns Labour MP
The Government's Levy Control Framework (LCF), which is meant to provide clean energy subsidies through to 2020/21, is "effectively completely bust", a Labour MP has warned.
2020 vision: STA unveils master plan to make solar cheaper than fossil fuels
Greg Barker: Clean energy subsidies tops list of challenges for DECC
EXCLUSIVE: "It's not going to be an easy ride" for the new ministerial team at the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), with the Levy Control Framework (LFC), domestic energy efficiency policies and Paris climate talks all posing significant challenges within the next year.
UK to lose offshore wind top spot to Germany
Germany will install more than 2,000 MW of offshore wind capacity in 2015, taking the UK's crown as the global installation leader.
Government announces more solar subsidy cuts
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is reducing feed-in tariff payments for ground-mounted solar farms by 28% this summer.
Food waste shortages already impacting AD industry, says NNFCC
EXCLUSIVE: Rapid expansion in the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry over the past year has taken it from an 'emerging, niche waste treatment industry' to one providing a significant contribution to the UK's electricity production.
Majority of UK consumers would install rooftop solar, survey finds
As many as 60% of UK consumers would consider installing solar panels for the first time in the next five years.
Renewables investors face rising volatility
The market for investors in renewable energy is about to become a lot more volatile as Governments around Europe wind down subsidy support.
Government announces 'roaming' solar Feed-in Tariff
Businesses will soon be able to take solar panels with them when they relocate without losing subsidies, the Government has announced today.
Record-breaking year for wind turbine manufacturers in face of future uncertainty
International wind turbine manufacturers saw a record-breaking year for global installations in 2014, but this is "disguising underlying challenges facing the industry", according global business advisory firm FTI consulting.
Feed-in frenzy: Wind industry plays down subsidy scandal
The wind industry has dismissed accusations that turbine operators helped themselves to £175m of public money through a loophole in the Government's Feed-in Tariff (FiT) subsidy.
UK solar capacity doubles in 2014
Decc figures show that UK solar generation almost doubled over the last year, with approximately 5GW of capacity installed by the end of 2014, compared to 2.8GW at the end of 2013.
Wind exec: Britain's subsidies among best in the world
A senior figure at one of the world's largest wind-turbine manufacturers has praised the UK Government's Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme for increasing demand in renewable energy, but says planning delays are continuing to stifle the development of more wind projects across the country.
Global solar PV capacity to triple by 2020
The global installed capacity of solar PV will rise from 135GW in 2013 to 414GW by 2020 - around five times the total current UK capacity.
Big solar systems and subsidies could move with owners
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has today unveiled proposals that would let businesses and factories take their solar panels with them if they move location.
Edie explains: Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs)
The Renewables Obligation (RO) is the main support system for renewable electricity projects across the country. In this week's 'edie explains,' we bring you everything you need to know about Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs).
Edie explains: Feed-in Tariffs
In this week's 'edie explains' we take a look at the renewables subsidy Feed in Tariffs (FiTs). Although the small-scale focus of the scheme means it's very popular for domestic buildings, it can also benefit many SMEs.
UK Government backs solar PV in schools
Following the April announcement from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) of updates to its Solar Photovoltaic (PV) strategy, Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd has published a letter to local authorities highlighting the potential benefits of solar PV for schools.
Scottish independence: What the NO vote means for UK renewables
Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence. What impact, if any, will this have on the nation's renewable energy sector?
Landlord goes green with Green Man Lane project
One of the UK's leading landlords has boosted its environmental credentials with a £136m regeneration programme connecting new homes to an energy efficient heat and power system.
Kyocera introduces world's largest floating solar farm
Japanese electronics and ceramics manufacturer Kyocera has today (3 September) announced that it is beginning work on what will be the world's largest floating solar installation.