Archive for January, 2012

Further Impediment on the Future of the Feed in Tariff

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Following the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) unsuccessful appeal against the High Court’s ruling on UK Feed in Tariffs, solar advocates predict that the Government is likely to pursue every legal avenue available to avoid another solar feeding frenzy.

Court officials announced on Wednesday 24th Jan that DECC were denied their hearing after previously ruling that their handling of the Feed in Tariff consultation was unlawful.

This recent development indicates that any customers who have solar PV systems (of 4kW or below) installed between 12th Dec 2011 – 3rd March 2012, will have access to the original Feed in Tariff subsidy at 43.3p per Kilowatt for the full 25 year period.

However, this declaration still brings a degree of uncertainty. If the Government chooses to appeal to the Supreme Court, clarification on the process will yet again be delayed resulting in tentative consumers.

Although solar campaigners seem to have won their battle against the Government in the first instance, solar customers and installers are still waiting for any concrete evidence of Feed in Tariff stability. Cynic’s predict that the Government will try everything they can to delay the process into late February to prevent another solar installation rush.

There is still no information on what rate the Feed in Tariff will reside at for customers who get systems installed after April 2012. There is a possibility that the rate could drop again following the end result of this legal battle.

Warmer Homes – Happy Tenants – Added Value

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Landlords across Leeds should act now and apply for free insulation on the Wrap Up Leeds scheme.

Run by energy experts Yorkshire Energy Services on behalf of Leeds City Council, Wrap Up Leeds is offering free cavity wall insulation and loft insulation to Leeds homeowners and those living in privately rented accommodation.

The offer is open until September 2012  for 15,000 homes, subject to survey. The scheme works on a first-come, first-served basis and hundreds of residents eager to save money and energy have already contacted the helpline to arrange their free survey. Tenants can apply to Wrap Up Leeds directly, but landlords will be contacted by the Wrap Up Team to seek their permission.

Despite big energy companies recently announcing price cuts, paying for energy is still a key consideration for many tenants. Wrap Up Leeds could be the lifeline many householders are searching for. Landlords can help their tenants reduce their fuel bills and cut their carbon emissions while improving the energy efficiency ratings of their properties.

If you’re a landlord in the Leeds City Council area, don’t miss the opportunity to wrap up for free. Please call, or encourage your tenants to call 0800 052 0071 or visit www.wrapupleeds.co.uk

Could Friday 13th make or break the solar industry?

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Solar PV campaigners will find out on Friday 13th Jan whether the rates of the renewable energy cash back incentive ‘the feed in tariff’ (FIT) will be changed after the high court announced that the Government’s handling of the case was unlawful.

The proposed changes in the FIT have startled the industry, especially as the planned reduction was set in place two weeks prior to the completion of a consultation on the matter. A number of solar installers including environmentalists ‘Friends of the Earth’ complained to the Government and requested a fair and comprehensive review of the programme.

The solar industry has seen tremendous growth following the launch of the FITs scheme and thousands of householders have invested in renewable energy, signing up for 25 years of tax free income. The Government reported that if demand continues at the current rate, the FIT scheme will be unsustainable and the funding will run out sooner than anticipated.

Solar campaigners are worried that any changes in Government subsidy will have an adverse affect on solar jobs and could bankrupt a number of start up businesses. Many organisation offering free solar panel installations rely on the FITs as their primary source of income.

Solar companies from up and down the UK are now waiting with baited breath to see if Friday the 13th lives up to its fateful reputation.

Leeds Householders Get ‘FREE’ Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Homeowners and private renters in Leeds can wrap up their homes for free and save up to £300 a year on their fuel bills. ‘Wrap up Leeds’ offers free cavity wall and loft insulation to homeowners and private renters in the Leeds City Council area.

Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Energy Services are working together on the scheme, which aims to reduce fuel poverty and the ill-health it can cause while also reducing the amount of harmful carbon dioxide produced in the city. Insulation is quick and easy to install, makes your home more comfortable and can save up to £300 in an average three bedroom semi-detached property.

Wrap up Leeds goes live today (3rd January 2012) and is available for 15,000 Leeds residents on a first-come, first-served basis until September 2012. The scheme is available across the city, and the Wrap Up Leeds team will be knocking on doors in some areas of the city where the available information on fuel poverty and the types of houses suggests that free insulation will have the highest impact. 

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