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Renewable Energy News

21 Nov 2017

Solar Farm to Power NI Water Plant

Construction has started on a solar farm that will be used to power one of Northern Ireland's key water treatment plants. The renewable energy development is being constructed next to the Dunore Water Treatment works, on the shores of Lough Neagh, and is the first time NI Water has developed a large-scale solar energy installation.

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08 Oct 2017

The World Solar Challenge 2017

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge sees engineering teams from all round the world come together to design, build and then drive their solar powered cars from Darwin in Northern Australia all the way to Adelaide on the south coast, a staggering distance of over 3,000km! All the energy that powers their vehicles must come from the Sun, or be recovered from the vehicle itself in the form of kinetic energy.

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26 Sep 2017

The UK's Greenest Summer on Record

Accoriding to the National Grid, this summer saw more than half of the UK's energy production come from low carbon sources, making it the UK's greenest summer on record! Between June 21st and September 22nd, the carbon intensity of the grid, which is measured in grammes of CO2 emiited per KWh of power generated, was less than half than it had been during the same period four years ago.

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27 Aug 2017

Australia Fuels 226,000 Homes with Solar Panels

Australia has produced enough electricity to power 70% of homes in the last financial year. The renewable energy generated has been created by three main sources; hydro power, wind and roof solar with the remaining energy coming from large bioenergy and large solar. Renewable energy sources made up just over 17% of the electricity generated in Australia.

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23 Aug 2017

A Virtually Emissions Free World by 2050?

Research documented in the journal of Joule has provided a roadmap for 139 countries in the world to be completely powered by solar, wind and water by 2050.

The issue of air pollution and climate change is becoming more critical as time passes, the frequency of extreme weather continues to rise and each year and 4-7 million people die prematurely from air pollution, with hundreds of millions becoming ill.

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04 Jul 2017

Aldi Marks Solar Independence Day with New Pledge

This years Solar Independence Day saw a bold and welcomed decision from one of Britains most popular Supermarkets. Aldi UK pledged to install over 11,000 new commercial solar panels on more than 50 of its stores by the end of 2017!

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23 Jun 2017

How Solar Power is Helping Create Carbon Free Homes

Not everyone is interested in building their own home from the ground up, but could renovation be a more tempting idea?

You could transform your draughty old and unefficient home into a modern energy efficient and environmentally friendly one. You'd be doing your bit to save the environment, all whist saving yourself some money!

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15 Jun 2017

The USA Sets a New Renewable Energy Record in March

In March 2017, the USA set a new renewable energy record. For the first time, the combined electricity generated by their wind and solar power systems accounted for 10 percent of the all energy production. Wind reached 8% and solar managed 2% of the country's total energy production.

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08 Jun 2017

Renewable Energy Sources Provide More than Half of the UK's Power for the First Time

For the first time ever, British renewable energy sources have generated more electricity than conventional fossil fuels!

On the 7th of June, at around 2pm, the UK quietly made a landmark breakthrough in renewable energy. The National Grid reported that power from renewable sources, such as wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning supplied 50.7% of the UK's electricity.

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02 Jun 2017

Rise in Housebuilding Boosts Construction Sector in May

A recent survey has confirmed that activity in the UK construction sector expanded at its fastest rate in 17 months in May, boosted by a surprise rebound in homebuilding.

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11 Apr 2017

Early Taste of Summer Sees UK Renewables Set New Records

The UK’s suite of renewables set new records last weekend as the country basked in unseasonably bright conditions for much of Sunday.

Solar PV and wind generation assets benefitted from ideal conditions as much of the country witnessed unspoiled sunshine, followed by increased wind speeds.

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06 Apr 2017

Solar Surges Send Energy Prices Tumbling in March

UK electricity prices tumbled last month as the peak-flattening effect of the country’s solar capacity occurred earlier than usual, according to monitoring and data firm S&P Global Platts.

The news follows an historic month for UK solar during which generators sent peak afternoon transmission system demand below that of night time demand for the first time, while the closure of the Renewables Obligation contributed towards one last spike in utility-scale deployment.

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27 Mar 2017

Solar Power Helps GB Transmission System Set Historic Low

Transmission system demand on Saturday afternoon (25 March) dipped below overnight demand for the first time in the UK's history, with increased solar generation the root cause.

Between 1pm and 4pm demand on Great Britain’s transmission system dipped below 25GW owing to increased output from solar PV generators which benefitted from ideal weather conditions.

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