Archive for February, 2011

Regional Renewable Partnership Celebrates 100th Member

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

 The Yorkshire and Humber Microgeneration Partnership has grown to 100 members since it was formed by local companies and the Energy Saving Trust advice centre for South and West Yorkshire two years ago.

The partnership boasts a range of installers, manufacturers, colleges, universities and advocates of renewable energy across Yorkshire and Humberside.  This diverse mix makes the Partnership the only place in Yorkshire and the Humber to offer information to customers about certified installers, and keeps customers and stakeholders updated with local and national industry news.

The 100th member to join is South Yorkshire firm A Shade Warmer, the sister company to A Shade Greener who supply free solar electricity to households. A Shade Greener are also the main sponsors for the partnerships annual Conference and Awards Ceremony, to be held at the Majestic Hotel, Harrogate 31st March.

Brian Pinner, Managing Director of A Shade Warmer explained “I am delighted that A Shade Warmer has the privilege of becoming the 100th member of the partnership, everyone here is looking forward to the conference and we are especially pleased to be sponsoring it along with our sister companies A Shade Greener and Nationwide Solar. We are committed to helping to broaden the awareness of the technologies around us that, if utilised, will help towards the UK’s carbon reduction.”

The Conference will see experts from across the country analyse the success of the Feed in Tariff’s on the eve of its first year anniversary and discuss the forthcoming Renewable Heat Incentive and its impact on the sector in our region.

The Awards Dinner, hosted by BBC Climate Change Correspondent Paul Hudson aims to showcase the best installations from the region during 2010. And, applications for the award categories including Best Home Installation, Best Business Initiative and Best Commercial Installation are currently being sought.

All shortlisted award nominees will receive two free places at the Awards Dinner and the winner will win an engraved trophy and ethical superstore vouchers. To enter one of the eight awards categories, and for more details on the Conference and Awards Dinner visit Closing date to enter the awards is 11th March 2011.

Sunny Money

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Using sunshine to balance RSL finances

By Andrew Cooper, Director of Advice and Policy, Yorkshire Energy Services

The long term sustainability of the Housing Revenue Account is an ongoing concern for many Councils and Registered Social Landlords following the implementation of the Decent Homes Programme.  Gas boilers, roofing works and a range of improvements will all put additional strain on the finances of the social housing sector over the next 10 to 20 years as large scale repairs and maintenance budgets begin to kick in. Recently as the ‘Feed In Tariff’ for solar electricity has come into effect RSLs have been bombarded with offers for installing solar panels on their properties. Could there be a synergy here where a new funding source helps plug a future funding gap? Yorkshire Energy Services, a Community Interest Company based in Huddersfield believes the answer is a definite, ‘Yes!’

The ‘gold rush’ in solar PV schemes has seen a number of free/rent a roof schemes which actually deliver very little for Councils/RSLs from the Feed In Tariff. The emphasis to date has been on some immediate small scale benefit from the tariff that continues at the same rate for 25 years providing a limited but still useful income stream. While many PV installers will be taking nearly £700 per year per property from the Feed in Tariff, on a typical installation, their offer to Landlords is either nothing or less than £100 per year. Many have looked at these offers and rightly thought that there must be something better on offer or have decided to explore delivering the model themselves through open procurement.

Yorkshire Energy Services, who delivered the award winning Kirklees Warm Zone and RE-Charge programmes, amongst others, are now offering a new option based on a familiar operating lease model which delivers significant returns to RSLs for large scale installations.  The operating lease approach is one which has been used by many councils and Housing Associations to deliver investment and has the added attraction of being a known financial instrument with off balance sheet charactaristics.


Could you have the Best Regional Renewable Installation?

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

The 2011 Yorkshire and Humber Microgeneration Conference and Awards Ceremony are calling for companies, householders and schools to nominate themselves for the best regional Microgeneration installations of 2010.

The event, to be held at the Majestic Hotel, Harrogate 31st March will see around 200 installer’s, manufacturers and advocates of renewable energy joined for the annual Conference and evening Awards Dinner.

Last year saw Sheffield company Positive Footprint win the award for Best Home Installation for the impressive 8kWp solar PV array and ground source heat pump on a local Sheffield home.