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Government reforms will 'probably kill stand-alone solar PV in the UK'

Government reforms will 'probably kill stand-alone solar PV in the UK' | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
By publishing its 'reform' proposals for the support of large scale solar PV in two separate documents on the same day, the Government managed to conceal its true intent from the industry, writes Chris Goodall. The truth is much worse than anyone realised.
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Is stand alone solar PV energy dead in the UK? Has the UK govt concealed its true intention by some sneaky information management?

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 21, 6:06 AM

They need to team up with industry to off set the new added cost to install these solar farms by locating them in parking lots doubling as parking cover over cars. Paved areas contribute to a lot of heat anyway and the land is already unavailable for farming and ugly.  Solar Panels could make it be more comfortable and attractive with good design underneath. I have read that some places are already doing this. Industries with parking lots could help offset the cost and in return get energy back to use as well.


There are usually cameras and security already in those areas that could help protect the panels from abuse. We need to this in all developed countries with tons of ugly often too hot, cold, windy or wet parking lots. They would need to  carefully designed cart and walking trails and driving areas that are not a pain and are easy to use so people will stay on and enjoy the people and car spaces and not tear up the supporting structures of the panels.Why not use the land we have already ruined for farming and herding? This is a natural and the land is already cleared of trees.

malek's comment, July 21, 7:04 AM
The snag is, that if no-one wants grid power, those windmills and solar arrays are going to be effectively useless. So stop building them and subsidising them NOW.
Monica S Mcfeeters's comment, July 21, 8:11 AM
Yes, But nobody likes coal or oil lines in their backyard either and that hasn't stop subsidising for them. Black lung and black waters are not very popular either. I do think there is good reason for business and private individuals to off set cost if they can participate in the dividends both in energy use and profits. I would put a solar panel in my yard, or over my vehicles…..But don't ask my to dig a coal mine there.
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Gordon McGlone - Leading for Nature

Gordon McGlone - Leading for Nature | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it

With an innovative and dynamic approach, Gordon is a respected wildlife and ecology expert with over 40 years experience. Working with highly skilled colleagues Gordon McGlone & Associates are able to offer consultancy with
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Cheaper electricity from Doncaster wind farm

Cheaper electricity from Doncaster wind farm | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
Renewable electricity supplier, Good Energy, is launching a local electricity tariff for consumers living near to the new Hampole wind farm and is hosting an event where eligible residents can sign up.
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Only a £26M barrage can save Bridgwater from rising sea levels

Only a £26M barrage can save Bridgwater from rising sea levels | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
Just £609,000 has been raised towards a £26 million barrier needed to stop Bridgwater being turned into a ghost town and being wiped off the face of the map by rising sea levels. The...
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Standing against the tides of change and a warming climate,

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UK moves closer to 320MW tidal lagoon energy project : Renew Economy

Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd submits the application for the first phase to the proper development authorities making the 320MW project one step closer to reality
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Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd has now submitted the application for the first phase to the proper development authorities. The project, if approved, will be located off the coast of South Wales and will cover an area of over six miles.


As a graduate of Swansea University I am very familiar with Swansea Bay and the local coastlines.  Tidal lagoons have greater potential for generating energy without the enormous environmental impacts of tidal barrages.  Its up to the developer to carry out a thorough environmental impact assessment.  At present there is local concern that this vital preparation has not been tackle adequately.

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Deep freeze for deep-water container dock - Bristol Post

Deep freeze for deep-water container dock - Bristol Post | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
Supporters of the Severn Barrage project might raise their eyebrows at the comments, as the potential impact on the deep-water dock plans were one of the reasons some heavyweights opposed the...
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Meeting on Benevenagh windfarm postponed

Meeting on Benevenagh windfarm postponed | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
The firm behind a controversial plan to construct a windfarm at Benevenagh have cancelled a public meeting which had been scheduled for later this evening.
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Village gets 4,000 solar panels

Village gets 4,000 solar panels | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
Installation work to fill two paddocks in a Somerset village with "community-owned" solar panels is almost complete.
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Solar farm plan for Berwick is given green light

Solar farm plan for Berwick is given green light | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
Plans for a solar farm in Berwick, which is hoped to be partly community owned, have been given the green light.
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South Australia Reaches 30% Renewable Energy : Renewable Energy News :

South Australia Reaches 30% Renewable Energy : Renewable Energy News : | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
Electricity demand and emissions across Australia's NEM have continued to fall throughout the year according to the pitt&sherry Carbon Emissions Index (CEDEX).
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||The fall in demand coupled with wind, hydro and gas generation displacing coal fired power generation saw emissions down by 29 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent, a nearly 16% reduction over the same period.

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Case for Severn Barrage 'unproven'

Case for Severn Barrage 'unproven' | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
The case for a £25bn barrage in the Severn Estuary is "unproven" and lacks evidence of economic and environmental benefits, the UK government says.
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||Responding to the report on Wednesday, ministers said: "In its current form, the Hafren Power proposal for a Severn barrage does not demonstrate that it could deliver the benefits it claims it would achieve."

The government said it needed "robust and credible evidence" for such an "unprecedented and huge project" as the Hafren Power barrage.

This would include an in-depth study of the environmental impact, detailed environmental compensation and mitigation plans and evidence of the flood impact.||

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£25bn Severn Barrage plans on hold

£25bn Severn Barrage plans on hold | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
Plans for a £25bn barrage in the Severn Estuary are over while the current UK government is power, it is claimed.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Hafren Power's scheme may no longer have any momentum but that does not mean that tidal energy generation in the Severn has no future.  I expect to see more sophisiticated, cheaper and environmentally less hostile proposals emerge over the next few years. Meanwhile Hafren's backers and supporters have time to reflect on why their scheme has run aground on the Severn's mud banks.

||...But speaking to BBC Radio Wales on Monday, Mr Hain said: "It (the UK government) refuses to say whether it backs it or opposes it.

"In practice it's put it into the long grass and therefore as far as this Parliament is concerned it is dead in the water but not as far as the future is concerned."||

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Tidal Energy Project in Muskeget Channel Progresses

Tidal Energy Project in Muskeget Channel Progresses | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
SubSea World News delivers expert coverage of the industry sectors that matter most to you and your business.
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||The project would consist of as many as 50 tidal in-stream energy conversion (TISEC) units with a nameplate capacity of about 20 MW and an expected output of about 50 GWH per year in the desired currents, Electric Light and Power reported.||

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Government reforms will 'probably kill stand-alone solar PV in the UK'

Government reforms will 'probably kill stand-alone solar PV in the UK' | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
By publishing its 'reform' proposals for the support of large scale solar PV in two separate documents on the same day, the Government managed to conceal its true intent from the industry, writes Chris Goodall. The truth is much worse than anyone realised.
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Is stand alone solar PV energy dead in the UK? Has the UK govt concealed its true intention by some sneaky information management?

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 21, 6:06 AM

They need to team up with industry to off set the new added cost to install these solar farms by locating them in parking lots doubling as parking cover over cars. Paved areas contribute to a lot of heat anyway and the land is already unavailable for farming and ugly.  Solar Panels could make it be more comfortable and attractive with good design underneath. I have read that some places are already doing this. Industries with parking lots could help offset the cost and in return get energy back to use as well.


There are usually cameras and security already in those areas that could help protect the panels from abuse. We need to this in all developed countries with tons of ugly often too hot, cold, windy or wet parking lots. They would need to  carefully designed cart and walking trails and driving areas that are not a pain and are easy to use so people will stay on and enjoy the people and car spaces and not tear up the supporting structures of the panels.Why not use the land we have already ruined for farming and herding? This is a natural and the land is already cleared of trees.

malek's comment, July 21, 7:04 AM
The snag is, that if no-one wants grid power, those windmills and solar arrays are going to be effectively useless. So stop building them and subsidising them NOW.
Monica S Mcfeeters's comment, July 21, 8:11 AM
Yes, But nobody likes coal or oil lines in their backyard either and that hasn't stop subsidising for them. Black lung and black waters are not very popular either. I do think there is good reason for business and private individuals to off set cost if they can participate in the dividends both in energy use and profits. I would put a solar panel in my yard, or over my vehicles…..But don't ask my to dig a coal mine there.
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Sun-focusing satellite dish heats water on your roof

Sun-focusing satellite dish heats water on your roof | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
Concentrated solar power is no longer confined to the desert: soon it might be on your roof, heating your bathwater
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Tidal lagoon could work

Tidal lagoon could work | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
THIS month a formal application has been made to construct a tidal lagoon at Swansea just across the Bristol Channel from North Devon. Details are on the official Planning Inspectorate website at...
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THIS month a formal application has been made to construct a tidal lagoon at Swansea just across the Bristol Channel from North Devon.

Details are on the official Planning Inspectorate website at http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/ wales/tidal-lagoon-swansea-bay/?ipcsection=overview



Read more: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Tidal-lagoon-work/story-20710651-detail/story.html#ixzz2ubHr8uS1

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Barrage plans on agenda

Barrage plans on   agenda | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
A TALK on the Seven Barrage will be taking place in Swansea. The Swansea Science Cafe has organised a talk on the largest proposed marine renewable energy project by Professor Roger Falconer of...
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French tidal power on the up - Maritime Journal

French tidal power on the up - Maritime Journal | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
Maritime Journal French tidal power on the up Maritime Journal Laurent Beauvais, president of the Basse-Normandie region, said: "We would like to leverage existing experiments and projects in Europe, in particular EMEC, the major experimental site,...
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Cardiff and Bristol in talks to harness Severn estuary's tidal power

Cardiff and Bristol in talks to harness Severn estuary's tidal power | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
Cities are in talks aimed at developing tidal lagoons on both sides of the estuary, effectively dismissing the barrage ambition as
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 21, 6:29 AM

This is a great use of water being harnessed for power.  It's exciting to see so many creative ways people come up with to solve real needs of new ages of time and life.

SEP's curator insight, July 22, 5:55 AM

Emphasis for harnessing tidal power in the Severn Estuary seems to be shifting a barrage to lagoons

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Samsung brings Solar Powered Health Centre to Cosmo City, SA

Samsung brings Solar Powered Health Centre to Cosmo City, SA | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
Samsung Electronics Africa has stationed two of its Solar Powered Health Centres at Cosmo City, South Africa, providing a variety of screenings and treatments.
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Europe cutting back on green-energy “investments” while coal makes a comeback - Hot Air

Europe cutting back on green-energy “investments” while coal makes a comeback - Hot Air | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it

"Completely unsurprisingly, the falloff in government “investment” (i.e., subsidization) has been mirrored by a falloff in private investment, via Bloomberg:"

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A paean to coal - no encouragement in this article for an alternative energy strategy.

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Number of planned new onshore wind farms has doubled since 2011

Number of planned new onshore wind farms has doubled since 2011 | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
Record numbers of onshore wind farms have been approved for construction this year as power companies cash in on hundreds of millions of pounds in subsidies.
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The planners blight, the NIMBYs horror but in reality the price that we must pay for our energy-based society.  We can only live on fossil sunlight for so long and both the economic and environmental price will rise inexorably - unless the politicians start to look at energy conservation rather than utility bills that is.

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, October 14, 2013 9:51 AM

There is a clear change in the direction of wind energy market from large wind farms to smaller community owned facilities:-

||The wind farm industry claimed that the number of new large wind farms being build was “pretty steady”.

Maf Smith, deputy chief executive of RenewableUK, the wind industry's trade body, suggested the rise was largely due to an increasing demand for smaller turbines.

He said: "Onshore wind is a successful UK industry enjoying widespread support amongst the UK public.

“Our figures show an industry which continues to deliver new projects, and the amount of capacity being built each year is pretty steady.

“What is happening, though, is a change of emphasis, with more small businesses, farms and community groups looking to install wind energy for themselves.

“This is leading to a growth of a market for smaller turbines, with more and more people wanting to share in the benefit of wind energy.”||

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MP's Severn Barrage plan frustration

MP's Severn Barrage plan frustration | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
One of the leading supporters of a barrage across the Severn Estuary, Neath MP Peter Hain, has criticised the UK government for dragging its feet over the proposal.
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Mr Hain may be frustrated at the way that the Hafren Power sheme has been treated.  However as it had not been evaluated adequately for envirojnmental impact I am pleased that the scheme has been docked.

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Tidal energy price ‘will look cheap in 10 years’

Tidal energy price ‘will look cheap in 10 years’ | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
THE chairman of Alderney Electricity confirmed to a roomful of residents that they would pay more for fuel from renewable energy than they currently pay for oil that is shipped in.
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Alderney - We are going to have the dearest electricity in the world until we get more volume or an alternative source of power arrives.’

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Trial run for biggest battery in Europe that could help power Britain

Trial run for biggest battery in Europe that could help power Britain | Severn Barrage, tidal, hydro, wind and solar energy | Scoop.it
Cutting-edge technology going on trial in Leighton Buzzard could save UK £3bn a year and spread around the world
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Energy generation needs to match demand if supplies are to be adequate for consumers who do not live 24 hour lives.  Alternateive energy supplies are even more notoriously unimpressed by peaks generated by Coronation Street or World Cup finals; the tides, wind and solar are phased according to different cycles that do not relate to people or society.

||f successful, the battery technology and networking knowhow that goes along with it will be spread around the world. The UK alone could save £3bn a year in the 2020s through large scale energy storage, according to research from Imperial College London||

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