Posted on March 31, 2012 by Robert Kyriakides
The United Kingdom’s Department of Energy & Climate Change has been pussy-footing around with the Renewable Heat Incentive. there is another short consultation which closes on 23rd April 2012. You can get the web link to the consultation at http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/meeting_energy/Renewable_ener/incentive/incentive.aspx
I have replied to the consultation on behalf of Genersys Plc. I set out my response below:- (more…)
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Posted on February 13, 2012 by Robert Kyriakides
The Department of Energy & Climate Change has published statistics showing energy trends for the third quarter of 2011. The statistics show, comparing the position with the third quarter in 2010:- (more…)
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Posted on November 30, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
From Monday 28th November 2011 Schools, hospitals, businesses and communities in the United Kingdom have been able to get financial incentives from the Renewable Heat Incentive for installing renewable heat. The Department of Energy and Climate Change have announced the opening in full of this phase of the RHI, and I expect that the thermal solar (or solar water heating) part of the incentive will be particularly attractive and that my company Genersys will be particularly busy with it. Solar thermal is the cleanest form of renewable heat.
A business installing 200Kwh of solar thermal panels will be able to claim 8.5p per kWh for the renewable heat generated. For businesses in particular there are three financial benefits, and for non profits there are just the first two:-
- The 8.5p per kWh is more than most businesses are paying for heat if they use gas, and less than they are paying if they use oil or electricity. The incentive provides an income stream which is produced from the capital cost of the investment over the next 20 years. The 8.5p is linked to inflation so the return is real and predictable in real terms. Coincidentally Genersys solar panels are unconditionally guaranteed for 20 years provided they are properly installed using approved components.
- In addition to the incentive there is of course the fuel savings on the fuel that will no longer be used. This adds another financial incentive.
- If the business installs solar thermal using Genersys panels, it will be able to claim accelerated capital allowances, writing the investment off against profits in the first year, instead of over a number of years. In real terms, if you do the maths, the real rate of return becomes higher because you can moderate the capital expenditure against corporation tax.
The incentive is very good and should make installation of solar water heating for all businesses and non profit organisations virtually a no brainer.
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Posted on October 20, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
Modern boilers are very efficient but compared with old system boilers they are very complicated. People usually experience difficulty in starting them up after the summer. You switch the central heating on and nothing happens. What should you do? What follows is for knowledgeable people who are comfortable working with do it yourself projects. If you have any doubt whatsoever call a Gas Safe qualified plumber. (more…)
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Posted on October 11, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
While Greg Barker, Minister at the department of Energy and Climate Change, struggles to get the Renewable Heat Incentive up and running in a logical and coherent form and struggles to respond to an enquiry from my Member of Parliament Mike Freer about the lack of certainty in the RHI, the Scots seem to be getting on with decarbonising heat and delivering a cleaner more emission from Scotland that puts DECC to shame. In particular the City of Aberdeen has managed, without much fuss and a great deal less angst and much more common sense than that has been displayed by the chaps at DECC. (more…)
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Posted on October 3, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
The thermal solar industry was promised by the government that the Renewable Heat Incentive would come into effect on 30th September 2011. This promise was made around two years ago. Like all incentive schemes the government needs to get approval from the European Commission to the incentive package. It expected approval to be rubber stamped but the European Commission has expressed concerns that part of the non domestic RHI – that relating to biomass – has been given too high incentives by the RHI. Thus with EU approval withheld the whole non domestic RHI is held in abeyance. The government is for some reason unable to bring in the non controversial tariffs like that relating to solar thermal because it means changing the proposed regulations and submitting them to Parliament. (more…)
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Posted on September 20, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
Sometimes politicians forget the plot. The plot is climate change. The only point of solar panels is to produce carbon emission free energy, but now in many countries the point seems to be simply having solar panels themselves. I should add that there are two types of solar panels but the government are subsidising the wrong type. (more…)
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Posted on September 11, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
In theory if you can compress atomic nuclei – fusing them together you can get energy because as the nuclei get closer they release energy. That is the theory of nuclear fusion, the holy grail of energy creation. If you can get it to work, the theory goes, the energy released in the form of heat can be used to drive steam turbines thus generating cheap electricity in a manner that as far as we can ascertain, is cheap and relatively safer that generating heat by splitting atoms, which is the traditional nuclear energy way. (more…)
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Posted on August 4, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
In some parts of the world there have not been enough ground source heat pumps installed for people to understand their advantages and disadvantages properly. The United Kingdom is such a place; Germany and Switzerland have many more heat pumps systems per capita, and have had them for many years. In those places where there are many heat pumps installed problems with ground source heat pumps are well known. These problems will become well known in the United Kingdom, as heat pumps become more popular as they will, under the Renewable Heat Incentive. (more…)
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Posted on July 28, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
On Monday 1st August a new UK government incentive is available for up to 25,000 homes for householders who opt to install a renewable heating system. A householder can get a grant of as much as £1,250 towards the installation costs of solar heating panels, air and ground source heat pumps and biomass boilers. Those who are not on the gas grid network will get precedence as they will almost inevitably be heating their homes and their water using electricity or heating oil, instead of natural gas, which is the cheapest and most environmentally friendly of all the fossil fuels. (more…)
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