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Commercial Rooftops - The Next Phase in the Solar Revolution

With solar farms increasingly dividing local communities, the Government has made it very clear that it wants to see fewer large-scale ground mounted solar developments encroaching onto productive arable land.

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) says it wants to encourage the development of smaller scale and community energy production. DECC’s latest proposals, unveiled in May, to close the Renewables Obligation (RO) for solar farms larger than 5MW in capacity came as a shock. Any changes to the subsidy regime are not due to come into effect until 1 April 2015.

Further evidence of the Government’s determination to shift solar developments onto rooftops emerged in July when the Minister of State at the time, Greg Barker announced: “My personal ambition is to see 20GW of solar deployed, here in the UK, early in the next decade. I want the lion’s share of that to be deployed on previously used, rather than greenfield land. That means disused airfields, old mines, car parks, waste sites. It means unproductive bits of Government land … and it means roofs. Commercial roofs. Industrial roofs. Domestic roofs.”

The change in focus is undoubtedly politically moti...

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Renewable News Round-Up - 19/09/14

This edition of the Renewable News Round-Up is mostly devoted to the RHI, both domestic and non-domestic, with latest stats on one and cuts on the other! On a more exciting note we do have some great Duncan Renewables news for you …

First Quarterly Report for Domestic RHI published – 28th August 2014

Ofgem have released the first quarterly statistics for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive for the period since its launch on 9th April to 31st July 2014. This gives us the first glance of the uptake of the new heat incentive with a total of 4,961 accredited installations at 31st July.

So far, air source heat pumps constitute 36% of accreditations, followed by solar thermal- at 26%, closely followed by biomass at 24% and ground source heat pumps at 14%. Accredited installations in Yorkshire & Humberside account for around 9% of the total installations.

Click here to read the full report
RHI cut in Small Commercial Biomass announced – 1st September 2014

As anticipated, DECC announced a 10% cut in the RHI for Small Commercial Biomass from 1st October. The new rate w...

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Duncan Renewables shortlisted for Solar Power Portal Awards

Hot off the press with more exciting award news … the shortlist has been announced for the Solar Power Portal Awards and we are excited to be competing in the Commercial Rooftop Installation category.

The Awards are renowned in the industry for recognising the best in solar, celebrating good practice, professionalism, quality, safety and innovation.

Our flagship 240kW installation at AV Dawson Ltd in Middlesbrough secured our place on the shortlist and we will certainly be up against some of the UK’s largest renewable energy installers.

Looks like there will be a few sleepless nights on the cards for our team until the winners are announced at the Awards ceremony on Tuesday 14th October at the Hilton Metropole NEC in Birmingham.

Last year we were shortlisted in the same category for our installation at the Great Yorkshire Showground and now our installation at AV Dawson has added to our already impressive portfolio of commercial projects. We are more than proud to have been shortlisted for one of highest achievable accolades within the renewable energy industry.

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Next Show: The Westmorland Show

As Autumn approaches, preparations are underway for Duncan Renewables’ next appearance at the Westmorland Show, Cumbria. Voted one of the UK’s favourite agricultural shows, the gates to Lane Farm, Crooklands will open on Thursday 11th September to approximately 30,000 visitors.

Our award-winning team on Stand N376 will be available throughout the weekend to discuss the latest renewable technologies available to your home or business. So you can receive the most comprehensive technological advice, we’ll be exhibiting models of domestic and commercial biomass boilers, roof- and ground-mounted solar PV systems and solar thermal installations with both flat-plates and evacuated tube panels.

The Westmorland Show will also be the place to discover how schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive and Feed-in tariff could help generate an extra income stream from your renewable installation.

If you find that you have time for something other than discussing renewable energy with our team, there will be approximately 350 other trade shows to peruse alongside major livestock shows. Unique to the 215th County Show is also a wrestling world championship, with the very popular Cumber...

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RHI Cut in Small Commercial Biomass announced

As anticipated, DECC has announced a 10% cut in the RHI for Small Commercial Biomass from the 1st October 2014. The new tariff for installations accredited on or after 1st October 2014 can be seen in the table below:

Tier Current RateRate from 1st October 2014
1 8.4p/kWh 7.6p/kWh
2 2.2p/kWh 2.0p/kWh

Small Commercial Biomass is subject to a 10% cut due to its growth rate being 224% of the anticipated growth rate. This exceeds the 150% growth rate trigger necessary for a 10% degression. Additionally, the total scheme expenditure trigger of 50% was also exceeded due to a 38% growth during the previous three months.

Regarding other tariff categories, Large Biomass expenditure declined by 45% whilst Medium Biomass also declined but to a much lesser extent. Both of these tariff categories have not surpassed their respective expenditure thresholds and will therefore not be subject to tariff cuts.

With only a month before the cut in Small Commercial Biomass is introduced, now is the time to get your installation completed and accredited. For further information on incentives and the future of the RHI scheme, contact us now!

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