Free Solar Panels For Schools

British Gas is taking applications for the second round of their Solar School programme – on a first come, first serve basis.
This is an opportunity for Solar PV panels to be installed at no cost to the schools. Panels will be paid for by the ‘Energy for Tomorrow’ fund. Schools will be able to benefit from:
  • Reduced annual energy bills*
  • Reduced carbon emissions* 
  • Pupil’s awareness of using energy sparingly and creating it from renewable sources
* Based on like for like energy consumption over the relevant comparative periods
The energy company hopes to install systems between 4kWp and 50kWp in up to 150 schools.
This year’s scheme is on a first-come first-served basis. Schools on the Phase-1 reserve list will NOT be automatically carried-forward, they must apply for the Phase-2 scheme.
Schools taking aprt will not be eligible for the Feed-in-Tariff. Instead, this will be assigned to the British Gas Energy For Tomorrow fund which is paying for the installation for the purposes of this scheme. This is an independently run, non-profit organisation dedicated to developing renewable energy sources and technologies for the future. Schools will benefit from being able to use the electricity generated which could mean electricity and carbon savings as a result of needing to buy less electricity from an energy supplier.
The scheme will take applications on their website until 23.59 on Friday 10th February 2012:

Different Politics, Same Planet

A new report by WWF-UK and Oxfam argues that governments must lead a shift in values if we are to transition to a sustainable economy. The report’s author’s believe that public support for government action on the environment is built upon the same values that underpin public concern for the NHS or universal education.

Guide to the Co-operative Renewable Energy Sector

The first co operatively-owned wind turbines, Baywind in Cumbria, started turning in 1997. Since then, over 7,000 individual investors have ploughed over £16 million into community-owned renewable energy.

A new report summarises insights gained from visits to five co-operatively owned energy projects during the summer of 2011. It will be of interest to anyone thinking of starting a community or co-operative energy initiative as well as intermediaries such as business and energy advisers, policy and decision makers with an interest in renewable energy and community ownership, and members of existing energy co-operatives.

Plans for Dealing with Impacts of Climate Change Published

Defra has published plans to protect the UK’s power supply from the impacts of climate change. Flooding of sub stations, difficulties in keeping power stations cool in hotter summers and damage to overhead wires and underground cables in periods of drought were amongst the key threats that energy firms found climate change could pose to their business.

The reports show that the energy sector has made progress in planning for these risks, but that more work will be required over the coming years to protect infrastructure assets and ensure new projects are designed to cope with conditions that will be very different to what they are today.
The reports will help Government assess the UK’s readiness for climate change and the actions needed to adapt. Later this month Defra will publish the Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA), a world-leading report that will give the UK the most comprehensive overview of any nation of the challenges climate change will present.

Renewable Energy Could Create Almost 12,000 Jobs

The government has revealed that, so far this financial year, companies have announcement plans for almost £2.5billion worth of investment in renewable energy projects in the UK, with the potential to create almost 12,000 jobs across the country.
The report also shows that in 2010 3.3% of energy consumed was generate by renewable sources, an increase on 2008 of 46%. The UK has agreed to an EU target of 15% by 2020.