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Budget 2013: Osborne shuns renewables in favour of shale gas

Green groups have expressed their disappointment at George Osborne’s commitment to shale gas as part of the 2013 Budget.

Billing it as a “Budget for people who aspire to work hard and get on”, the chancellor unveiled his plan to get the UK economy back on track in the House of Commons today. Key to his plans to stimulate the economy was investment in infrastructure and, in particular, energy.

Osborne began with a warning that, “creating a low carbon economy should be done in a way that creates jobs rather than costing them”.

The chancellor continued: “I want Britain to tap into new sources of low cost energy like shale gas. So I am introducing a generous new tax regime. And by the summer, new planning guidance will be available alongside specific proposals to allow local communities to benefit. Shale gas is part of the future. And we will make it happen.”

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DECC Reveals plans for Domestic RHI

By Peter Bennett 20 September 2012, 13:33 Updated: 20 September 2012, 15:04   The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has finally revealed its plans for the future of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) after initially announcing the scheme in 2009 and introducing commercial RHI support in November last year. Government is proposing that the Domestic RHI will support the installation of ground and air source heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal panels. The RHI scheme will work in the same manner as the existing commercial RHI as well as the more popular Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme, whereby subsidy is provided through tariff based payments for every unit of renewable heat generated.

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Details of proposed domestic RHI now available

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 20 September 2012 at 2:19 pm The long-awaited proposals for support for householders who install renewable heating systems have been announced today. People changing their heating to technologies such as biomass boilers, heat pumps and solar thermal receive a financial incentive along the same lines as the feed-in tariff (FIT) for solar PV and other microgeneration systems.

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DIY firms allowed to send staff into homes and push their own products in Green Deal scheme

The DIY giant is one of a number of businesses set to reap multi-million profits from the new Green Deal, which will see homeowners borrow up to £10,000 to fit boilers, insulation, double-glazing, doors and other eco-friendly features. However, there will be fears that private sector energy assessors employed by B&Q and other firms may exaggerate the measures needed in the property to maximise their profits.

These green assessors are also under no obligation to offer homeowners any products other than those sold by their company. Although the Green Deal is set to be launched in October, The Sunday Telegraph has today revealed that opposition is growing amongst Tory ministers.

 

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ENN Solar To Supply Thin-film Modules for CECEP

Langfang, China -- ENN Solar Energy Co. Ltd. has won the bid to supply 5.7 m² tandem junction silicon thin film modules for a utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) power plant.

ENN Solar Energy recently achieved 9.2% stabilized aperture efficiency in its Applied SunFab thin film production line.

This project is sponsored by the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP), which plans to build a 5-megawatt (MW) PV power plant in Inner Mongolia, China. Once completed, it will be the largest thin film PV project in China, and one of the largest in the world using silicon tandem junction technology.

ENN Solar Energy recently achieved 9.2% stabilized aperture efficiency in its Applied SunFab thin film production line. At this efficiency, each ultra-large 5.7 m² thin film module produces more than 500 watts of electricity.

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