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Renewable News Round-Up - 19/09/14

This edition of the Renewable News Round-Up is mostly devoted to the RHI, both domestic and non-domestic, with latest stats on one and cuts on the other! On a more exciting note we do have some great Duncan Renewables news for you …

First Quarterly Report for Domestic RHI published – 28th August 2014

Ofgem have released the first quarterly statistics for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive for the period since its launch on 9th April to 31st July 2014. This gives us the first glance of the uptake of the new heat incentive with a total of 4,961 accredited installations at 31st July.

So far, air source heat pumps constitute 36% of accreditations, followed by solar thermal- at 26%, closely followed by biomass at 24% and ground source heat pumps at 14%. Accredited installations in Yorkshire & Humberside account for around 9% of the total installations.

Click here to read the full report
RHI cut in Small Commercial Biomass announced – 1st September 2014

As anticipated, DECC announced a 10% cut in the RHI for Small Commercial Biomass from 1st October. The new rate w...

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Duncan Renewables shortlisted for Solar Power Portal Awards

Hot off the press with more exciting award news … the shortlist has been announced for the Solar Power Portal Awards and we are excited to be competing in the Commercial Rooftop Installation category.

The Awards are renowned in the industry for recognising the best in solar, celebrating good practice, professionalism, quality, safety and innovation.

Our flagship 240kW installation at AV Dawson Ltd in Middlesbrough secured our place on the shortlist and we will certainly be up against some of the UK’s largest renewable energy installers.

Looks like there will be a few sleepless nights on the cards for our team until the winners are announced at the Awards ceremony on Tuesday 14th October at the Hilton Metropole NEC in Birmingham.

Last year we were shortlisted in the same category for our installation at the Great Yorkshire Showground and now our installation at AV Dawson has added to our already impressive portfolio of commercial projects. We are more than proud to have been shortlisted for one of highest achievable accolades within the renewable energy industry.

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Next Show: The Westmorland Show

As Autumn approaches, preparations are underway for Duncan Renewables’ next appearance at the Westmorland Show, Cumbria. Voted one of the UK’s favourite agricultural shows, the gates to Lane Farm, Crooklands will open on Thursday 11th September to approximately 30,000 visitors.

Our award-winning team on Stand N376 will be available throughout the weekend to discuss the latest renewable technologies available to your home or business. So you can receive the most comprehensive technological advice, we’ll be exhibiting models of domestic and commercial biomass boilers, roof- and ground-mounted solar PV systems and solar thermal installations with both flat-plates and evacuated tube panels.

The Westmorland Show will also be the place to discover how schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive and Feed-in tariff could help generate an extra income stream from your renewable installation.

If you find that you have time for something other than discussing renewable energy with our team, there will be approximately 350 other trade shows to peruse alongside major livestock shows. Unique to the 215th County Show is also a wrestling world championship, with the very popular Cumber...

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RHI Cut in Small Commercial Biomass announced

As anticipated, DECC has announced a 10% cut in the RHI for Small Commercial Biomass from the 1st October 2014. The new tariff for installations accredited on or after 1st October 2014 can be seen in the table below:

Tier Current RateRate from 1st October 2014
1 8.4p/kWh 7.6p/kWh
2 2.2p/kWh 2.0p/kWh

Small Commercial Biomass is subject to a 10% cut due to its growth rate being 224% of the anticipated growth rate. This exceeds the 150% growth rate trigger necessary for a 10% degression. Additionally, the total scheme expenditure trigger of 50% was also exceeded due to a 38% growth during the previous three months.

Regarding other tariff categories, Large Biomass expenditure declined by 45% whilst Medium Biomass also declined but to a much lesser extent. Both of these tariff categories have not surpassed their respective expenditure thresholds and will therefore not be subject to tariff cuts.

With only a month before the cut in Small Commercial Biomass is introduced, now is the time to get your installation completed and accredited. For further information on incentives and the future of the RHI scheme, contact us now!

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Renewable News Round-Up - 27/08/14

The Renewable News Round-Up this week is mostly devoted to the latest series of attitudinal surveys, revealing the popularity levels of different renewable energy sources within the UK and Parliament. To satisfy your curiosity on what the autumn holds for Duncan Renewables; we’ve provided a quick summary of our upcoming events including the final trade shows of 2014.
Public support for renewable energy remains high – 12th August 2014

Renewable energy sources continue to receive high levels of public support with 79% of UK adults backing the use of renewable energy sources to generate fuel, heat and electricity in the UK. Despite the majority supporting renewable energy, the results from the public attitude tracking survey, published by DECC on 12th August 2014, showed this support to have decreased by 5% since March 2014.

Whilst support for individual renewable energy sources generally remain high, support levels are lower than those published in March 2014 and are as follows; off-shore wind (72%), biomass (60%), onshore wind (67%), wave and tidal (73%) and solar (82%).

Additional results also indicated an increase in inf...

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