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Weekly News Round-Up - 07/10/13

Flat-pack solar panels heading their way to the UK – Guardian 04/10/13

Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA are to start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain. This is in a move aimed at bringing renewable energy to the domestic market.

With a standard, 3.36 kilowatt system for a semi-detached home costing £5,700, shoppers won’t even have to assemble the installation themselves as an in-store consultation and design service incorporating installation, maintenance and energy monitoring services will be included in the price.

Ikea’s attempt at widening domestic accessibility to solar panels has been well-received in the environmental industry with the Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, Greg Barker having welcomed the news by stating that “well sited panels will offer a sensible, attractive return.”

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Global solar installation growth to reach three year high – Renewable Energy Focus 02/10/13

Driven by increasingly low system prices and the continued rate of installations in emerging markets, Global PV installations are forecast to rise at the fastest pace since they hit 35% in 2011. They are to exceed 40 GW for the first time and according to quarterly IHS PV Demand Market Tracker this would generate installation revenue of more than US $86 billion.

By reaching this 41 GW mark and expanding at a rate of 18% in 2014, experts suggest that this increase firmly marks the end of the solar industry’s two-year slowdown.

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Will Duncan Renewables make it third time lucky? – Solar Energy UK Event 08/10-10/10

Duncan Renewables will be hoping for the clean-sweep this awards season with a nomination in the inaugural Solar Power Portal Awards for their Commercial Rooftop Installation at the Great Yorkshire Showground. The winners will be announced at a dinner held during the Solar Energy UK show at The NEC, Birmingham on Tuesday 8th October.

The Solar Energy UK show (8th– 10th October) is the UK’s leading annual dedicated solar exhibition and seminar series aimed at landowners and farmers, community initiatives and large energy users. Don’t miss Duncan Renewables, who will be exhibiting on Stand P12 with experts on hand to answer any of your technical questions on solar PV, solar thermal or even biomass!

Read more about the event here. Additionally, follow the event build up on Twitter: @_SolarEnergy

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