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RHS Campaign for School Gardening newsletter

posted 8 Sep 2010, 14:00 by Dan Trotter

It's official - gardening makes children happier!

The RHS is very excited to announce that research has shown that gardening does play an enormous role in boosting children’s development

click here to read the newsletter

Transition Network newsletter Sept 2010

posted 8 Sep 2010, 13:46 by Dan Trotter

The September 2010 Transition Network Newsletter

~ NEWS ROUND UP 
~ INITIATIVE NEWS
~ BOOKS
~ EVENT REPORTS
~ FORTHCOMING EVENTS
~ NETWORK NEWS: TRAINING & CONSULTING
~ NETWORK NEWS: DIVERSITY
~ NETWORK NEWS: TECH UPDATE
~ AND FINALLY

Cash Rewards for Low Carbon Electricity and Heating

posted 18 Feb 2010, 06:17 by Dan Trotter   [ updated 18 Feb 2010, 06:51 ]


From the website for the Department of Energy and Climate Change
http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn10_010/pn10_010.aspx
  • Feed-in tariff for small scale low carbon electricity finalised for 1 April introduction
  • Power from solar panel could earn £900, on top of £140 reduction on household energy bill
  • Blueprint published for world first incentive scheme for renewable heat
  • Tariff levels index linked
  • Micro combined heat and power piloted in the scheme to kickstart the industry in the UK

 Households and communities who install generating technologies such as small wind turbines and solar panels will from April be entitled to claim payments for the low carbon electricity they produce.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband today announced the feed-in tariff (FITs) levels and also published a blueprint for a similar scheme to be introduced in April 2011 to incentivise low carbon heating technologies. The renewable heat incentive (RHI) will be a world first.

The schemes are designed to bring about a significant increase in the amount of locally produced green energy, as a contribution to the wider shift of the energy mix to low carbon..........


............(edited - see DECC site for full story)..............................

Document links:
 

Tariff levels for different technologies:


The tariff levels for the electricity financial incentives (pence), calculated to offer between 5-8% return on initial investment in the technology are:

Technology Scale Tariff level for new installations in period (p/kWh) [NB tariffs will be inflated annually] Tariff lifetime (years)

    Year 1: 1.04.10- 31.03.11 Year 2: 1.04.11- 31.02.12 Year 3: 1.04.12- 31.03.12  
Anaerobic digestion ≤500kW  11.5  11.5  11.5  20
Anaerobic digestion >500kW 9.0 9.0 9.0 20
Hydro ≤15 kW 19.9 19.9 19.9 20
Hydro  >15 - 100kW  17.8 17.8  17.8 20
Hydro  >100kW - 2MW  11.0  11.0  11.0 20
Hydro  >2MW - 5MW  4.5  4.5  4.5 20
MicroCHP pilot*  ≤2 kW* 10* 10*  10*  10*
PV  ≤4 kW (new build)  36.1  36.1  33.0  25
PV  ≤4 kW (retrofit)  41.3  41.3 37.8  25
PV  >4-10kW  36.1  36.1  33.0  25
PV  >10 - 100kW 31.4  31.4  28.7  25
PV  >100kW - 5MW  29.3  29.3  26.8  25
PV Standalone system 29.3  29.3  26.8  25
Wind  ≤1.5kW  34.5  34.5  32.6  20
Wind  >1.5 - 15kW  26.7  26.7  25.5  20
Wind  >15 - 100kW  24.1  24.1  23.0  20
Wind  >100 - 500kW  18.8  18.8  18.8  20
Wind  >500kW - 1.5MW  9.4  9.4  9.4  20
Wind  >1.5MW - 5MW  4.5  4.5  4.5  20
Existing microgenerators transferred from the RO  9.0  9.0  9.0  to 2027

 *NB This tariff is available only for 30,000 microCHP installations. A review will take place when 12,000 units have been installed.

Technology

Scale

Tariffs (pence/kWh

Tariff lifetime (years)



Tariff levels for Renewable Heat Incentives

Small installations
Solid biomass Up to 45kW 9 15
Biodiesel Up to 45kW 6.5 15
Biogas on-site combustion Up to 45kW 5.5 10
Ground source heat pumps Up to 45kW 7 23
Air source heat pumps Up to 45kW 7.5 18
Solar thermal Up to 20kW 18 20
Medium installations
Solid biomass 45kW-500kW 6.5 15
Biogas on-soite combustion 45kW-200kW 5.5 10
Ground source heat pumps 45kW-350kW 5.5 20
Air source heat pumps 45kW-350kW 2 20
Solar thermal 20kW-100kW 17 20
Large installations
Solid biomass 500kW and above 1.6 -2.5 15
Ground source heat pumps 350kW and above 1.5 20
Biomethane injection All scales 4 15

NB.Renewable Heat Incentive tariffs due to commence April 2011. I'm not sure whether they will apply to existing installations. A typical 2.8m2 solar thermal system eg. Solartwin or the Fife Solar project systems might produce 1000kwh per annum, so the annual payment would be 1000 x 18p = 180 pounds - Dan.

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