Farming Solar

There has been a fashion in the United Kingdom of covering large swathes of good farmland with electricity producing photovoltaic solar panels. This fashion has arisen because the government has given ridiculously high subsidies for PV installations. The government gave such high subsidies because the government set itself renewable energy targets instead of carbon reduction targets.

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The World’s Largest Solar PV Array

While the United Kingdom’s renewable energy sector is losing business, due to uncertainty about government policy and the administration’s poor understanding of renewable energy the renewable energy sector in India looks as though it will become increasing prosperous and increasing important to the economic development of India. Continue reading

Cut the Green Crap

It is easy to lose the plot. Everyone does it to some extent. people in the United Kingdom have lost the plot about energy prices. Perhaps most of them never even knew that they were following a plot and genuinely believed that there was real, rather than fictional, competition between the energy companies who supply gas and electricity to the 22.5 million household across the United Kingdom.  Continue reading

Large Scale Solar Farms Generating Electricity

In Broxford in Suffolk Santander are building a 60 hectare array of solar photo-voltaic panels, which they expect to generate 32.8 megawatt of electricity. The array is being built on a disused airfield.  It will be one of Britain’s largest photo-voltaic installations. and will feed electricity into the grid during daylight hours, cashing in on the very large subsidy that the United Kingdom taxpayer pays. Continue reading

Freezing Energy Prices

The price of energy is a problem, partly because people in the United Kingdom are not used to paying high energy prices and partly because the price increases have continued while household incomes in real terms are falling. Continue reading

Today is Energy Day

According to the BBC today is energy day. The BBC radio 5 programme has a number of gimmicks to mark energy day. They have a temporary studio powered by renewable energy including photo-voltaic panels, wind turbines and exercise bicycles, but these things are merely gimmicks; no doubt more fossil fuel energy has been expended in erecting the temporary studio than will be saved by all these devices. Continue reading

A Fond Hope

Both the nuclear energy industry and the tidal energy industry are prepared to build new generating capacity but only if the taxpayer guarantees the return of their investment. This is a new kind of capitalism – one which will only take risk if every conceivable risk is covered. The risk reward ratio for these projects, if implemented with a taxpayer guarantee would be virtually 1:100,000. Continue reading

Environmental Trade Wars

The European Union and China are in dispute about photo-voltaic panels made in China and sold in the EU. The EU complains that the panels, which produce electricity during daylight, are being dumped ion the European market, being sold at prices that are significantly below cost and proposes to impose a duty of 47% on imported panels from China. China protests its innocence to the dumping charge and claims that any duty would hurt consumers. Continue reading

The Rationale for Green Policies

It seems that many people are blaming green policies for high energy costs and all our present economic woes. Green policies seem to be a convenient scapegoat. However there are good reasons why green policies should be continued, but I write those words on the basis that not all policies that pretend to be “green” are in fact useful or helpful for environmental protection. Continue reading

Illinois Scientists’ Research will lead to Better Photovoltaic Panels

Today’post is by Shannon Coombs, who writes about solar technology in her own blog. She has kindly agreed to write about the latest developments in making photovoltaic more efficient. This is an important topic as photovoltaic cells need a great deal of energy to be made and if their present rates of conversion of light energy into electrical energy there will be great environmental benefits for everyone. Over to Shannon.

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