Can we trust the solar industry?

Last week, I wrote a story about the solar industry launching a campaign to accelerate the number of rooftop solar PV installations. We currently have just under half a million in the UK and the Solar Trade Association (STA) would like to pass the one million mark by 2015. As well as showing the “excellent returns” of solar, the campaign will focus on building “100 per cent” trust in the industry, according to an STA spokesperson. Shortly... Read More

Energy prices rises: are energy bosses right to blame green levies?

Yesterday, the Energy and Climate Change Committee took oral evidence from the ‘Big Six’ energy companies on the controversial issue of energy prices. A big part of the hearing focused on prices rises from green levies, which were placed centre stage of the political debate last week when Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to “roll back” green taxes on energy bills. So are energy bosses right to blame ‘green levies’ for the rising cost... Read More

10 things you need to do to ensure success when applying for green innovation grant funding

In my previous blog, I outlined some of the different grant schemes available to UK SMEs in the green sector searching for funding. A month from now, sees the next batch of assessments for one of the most attractive grant schemes for SMEs active in the development of innovations within the green sector. Called ‘Smart’ and managed by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), the focus of the programme is to support SMEs to engage in innovative R&D... Read More

Green funding: a beginners’ guide

Thousands of different grant schemes, worth well in excess of £5 billion each year, are available for UK companies in an attempt to encourage innovation and economic development. However the majority of UK businesses do not even consider grants as being of relevance to their activities let alone entertain the idea of searching for available schemes. However, grants should certainly not be dismissed so quickly. What can grants do for my business? Outside... Read More

Community energy projects: how your business (and employees) can benefit

WREN is an award-winning community energy project “Where would you prefer your energy to come from? Your own roof-tops, local farmers and businesses, or Russia and Qatar?” This is the provocative question posed by Stephen Frankel and trusted members of the community in Wadebridge, when raising awareness of the Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN, of which Frankel is chairman). One of the winners in this years’ Ashden Awards for... Read More

Will the Green Deal add to or push down the value of our properties?

The Green Deal deserves all the support it can muster The Green Deal is indeed ambitious and it deserves all the support it can muster.  After all, we are a home-loving nation. There are over 21 million homes in the UK, with 70 per cent of these owner-occupied.  With staying-in the new going-out, we are spending more and more time in our homes and the current state of the economy does not encourage moving house. Electricity prices have doubled... Read More

Inspiring, green and innovative: why I came away impressed by RegenSW’s Renewable Energy Marketplace

What do an electric four-wheel vehicle you can peddle, unobtrusive secondary glazing and a bit of brass piping that makes it less expensive to run a combi boiler have in common? They all originate from the southwest and they were all being showcased at RegenSW’s Renewable Energy Marketplace (REM) this week. Attending the show at Exeter’s Westpoint not only made a refreshing change to London for me (my last show was Ecobuild at the Excel),... Read More

Why the Green Deal Golden Rule is not the only rule for home retrofit

The Green Deal scheme is a no-brainer I’m a huge fan of the Green Deal scheme, in particular its potential as a catalyst to update the energy efficiency of the UK’s aged housing stock. That’s a no brainer to me, and the scheme, if managed and policed correctly, will potentially have more of an impact than any other action of its kind to push us to hit our 2050 UK carbon emissions reductions targets. However, the scheme has its limitations which... Read More

How to break down Green Deal sales resistance with better content marketing

It shouldn’t be difficult to convince people to pay for home improvements from energy savings, especially when there is no upfront cost. And yet, as we discussed last week, there are many obstacles to overcome. The customer’s big Green Deal fear factor The Green Deal customer’s big fear factor comes from the fact that much of the help is in the form an interest-charging loan – or debt to be more precise (the repayments are made via your energy... Read More

A Green Deal good for business?

Did you know that you can now implement energy efficiency improvements in your business without having to pay the full cost of these measures up-front under the long awaited Green Deal? Almost all of the advertising around the Green Deal – which started last month – has been focused on domestic properties, but businesses can also benefit. The scheme principles are the same in both cases. Essentially, an approved assessor ascertains the most cost... Read More

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