The beginnings of what could be a very constructive and prosperous relationship with Euro Garages; one of the UK’s largest privately owned a forecourt operator has begun.
Euro Garages approached us keen to foster a relationship that would see U Energy install solar panel systems to many of their existing and future branches as they continue their company expansion. Uenergy was first tasked with installing a 40-module solar system on one of their Starbucks branches in Cleckheaton that all together would create an output of 10KW. Secondly we were given the task of installing a 30kW system on their Greggs branch just next door.
As the business adds strategic partnerships with large brands such as BP, Shell, Starbucks and Greggs; Euro Garages are forging ahead with their rapid expansion and their plans to become a major player in the forecourt industry.
U Energy were proud to help such a forward thinking company that realized the need to improve their energy efficiency and becoming more energy independent was key to the future growth of their business.
The change has come!
U Energy provides more than it promises. In 2012, we took an initiative to setup solar panels at filling stations as filling station are best suited for solar panels. We did our first installation at a filling station near Pontefract. This installation was the first of it's kind that we are aware of, with special care being taken to ensure safe and secure installation through a system pioneered by U Energy.
Since then we are continuously working to install solar panels at filling stations. Recently we have installed solar panels at BP Roundhay, Leeds.The pay back calculation indicates that for this particular site the customer will save £425,199.03 over the next 20 years.The sap calculation indicates that 71479 kwh per year is what the customer will generate from having the solar panels.The system size is 87kwp.
Here we have a deal to make best use of your school’s roof, saving the environment and financial savings.
U Energy has installed solar PV systems for a number of large and small schools and knows what works best. School buildings in the state typically have relatively large roofs that could allow for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems capable of generating a significant portion of their annual electricity needs and cutting off their energy expenditure.
We have also installed LED lighting through schools which work efficiently along with solar PV to greatly reduce routine costs and the substantial savings allows administrators to invest in critical academic priorities. “This project will make our schools more energy efficient, eco-friendly and better for our students to learn and grow.
If you would like to talk about solar PV or LED lighting for your school please reach out now.
In 2013, U Energy installed a 29kW solar power system at Chellow Heights Filling Station near Bradford. The unique wave formation of the panels was calculated to give maximum yield on a sloping roof which would usually only have taken four rows of panels. The video shows the process, and a good overview of the site.
If you are interested in the installation of solar panels please get in touch. We are masters of the unconventional, and endeavour to ensure our bespoke systems maximise your returns.
The current situation with the Government Feed In Tariff is ever changing. The latest update comes in the form of a court ruling deeming the DECC's reduction of the feed in tariff in December 2011 to be unlawful.
What does this mean?
• The proposal to reduce tariff rates for systems fitted after December 12, 2011 is illegal
• Feed-in tariffs will go back to the higher rates until March 3 – all systems completed after this date will receive the reduced tariffs from April 1, 2012
Government can now take its case to the Supreme Court (even though it lost at the Court of Appeal). This casts yet more uncertainty for installations completed between December 12, 2011 and March 3, 2012 because it is not yet clear whether the Government will in fact launch another appeal. However, it is thought that Government has already formally asked the Appeal Court for permission to take this matter to the Supreme Court.
DECC has confirmed that the minimum tariff will be 21p for those installing during this period. If Government decides not to appeal (or if it loses its appeal) then these installations will get the higher rates until March 3 and then the cut rates after April 1.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said:
"The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court ruling on FiTs albeit on different grounds. We disagree and are seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.
“We have already put before Parliament changes to the regulations that will bring a 21p rate into effect from April for solar PV installations from March 3 to help reduce the pressure on the budget and provide as much certainty as we can for consumers and industry.
“We want to maximise the number of installations that are possible within the available budget rather than use available money to pay a higher tariff to half the number of installations. Solar PV can have strong and vibrant future in UK and we want a lasting FiTs scheme to support that future and jobs in the industry.”
The Appeal Court judges will make a decision on whether to grant permission in the next few days; if it is granted, the case can go to the Supreme Court. If permission is refused, Government would still have the fall-back option of applying to the Supreme Court itself for permission to appeal.
Industry is currently urging Government not to appeal to the Supreme Court as this is likely to prolong the uncertainty.
Yesterday, the Government confirmed plans to make changes to the Clean Energy Cash Back scheme which has been the catalyst to the quick success of the solar industry since it's inception in 2008. The scheme, responsible for the feed in tariff, has meant that purchasing a solar power system was a low risk, high return investment for consumers. However, with a 50% reduction in the renumeration for the production of clean energy by solar technology, the decision to purchase seems much less clean cut. This is of great concern to U Energy Solar, as we are sure it is to our customers, and here we will take a look at the changes and what they mean for you.
Exactly what are the changes?
It is proposed that systems that are given MCS certification after December 12th 2011 will receive a reduced feed in tariff rate after April 1st 2012. The following table shows the proposed reduced rates:
To clarify, if a system is installed before December 12th 2011 it will be unaffected by the changes. If it is installed between December 12th 2011 and April 1st 2012 it will initially receive the current rate until April 1st 2012 when it will receive the reduced rate. If it is installed after April 1st 2012 then it will always receive the reduced feed in tariff.
Additional to this, from April 1st 2012, properties having a solar system installed must reach a certain level of energy efficiency to receive a feed in tariff. Although not yet confirmed, it is expected that this will be Energy Performance Level C.
This will be implemented gradually with systems installed after April 1st 2012 but before March 31st 2013 being given a grace period of 12 months to make sure their level is up to the required standard.
These industry-wide changes will obviously have a massive effect on the uptake of solar, but they are not unexpected and have not been put into place without good reason. Following the massive boom in solar installations, with the installation count doubling month on month, there is no way that the current feed in tariff could be maintained without detrimental effects on users of regular energy sources.
U Energy have measures in place to deal with as many customers as possible in the short time frame we have been given, to ensure that everybody can make the most from their solar power system. If you are interested in having a survey with the intention of installing prior to the feed in tariff increase then please get in touch now on 033 33 55 1000.
With the government announcing upcoming changes to the Feed In Tariff which will affect large scale solar installations, impressionist and comedian Alistair McGowan has spoken out about the advantages of Solar Power and how the proposed changes would be a step backward for our country.
The speech was given as part of an event held at Hinchley Wood School by 'We Support Solar', a campaign promoting solar power and hoping to achieve the following aims:
For most people, climate change is a major concern, and plays an important part in making the descision to install solar power systems in their home.
Finding reliable and accurate information on a subject as complicated as this can be difficult. Although this article from New Scientist is slightly dated, it provides some of the most balanced information available and evaluates numerous sources to offer some genuinely informative conclusions. This is twenty minutes of any prospective buyer of solar PV that would not be wasted.
On the 30th March, New Scientist published an article entitled "Wind and wave energies are not renewable after all", a title which they later changed to "Wind and Wave farms could affect Earth's energy balance". The reason for the change being that the original title was misleading. However, the article remained the same and reports the same findings.
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