Renewables – solar

Did you know Prince used to secretly buy people solar panels? “The world needs to know that it wasn’t just the music” Van Jones told the world the day after Prince died. “There are people who have solar panels right now on their houses in Oakland, California that don’t know Prince paid for them.” And that’s only part of the story. As Prince’s ex-wife, Manuela Testolini put it, Prince was a “fierce philanthropist.” When he arrived in town to do a show, he didn’t just bring music. He’d pile up boxes for a local food bank. If it was cold, he’d run a coat drive. He donated to everything from community gardens to coding clubs for urban youth, as well as racial justice, women’s shelters, arts festivals, support for migrants, animal welfare, and sexual health. We think this is worth remembering. What’s more, we think it’s worth building on. We’re inviting everyone to celebrate and extend Prince’s legacy by fundraising for solar on the roofs of organisations fighting for the causes he believed in. We’ve brought together six great projects, all with rooftops screaming out for solar panels. They include a food bank just south of Wembley (which Prince played many times), a unique community-led horticultural project in the middle of Manchester, an LGBT+ helpline that’s been running since the 1970s, a community centre in Glasgow which survived council cuts in the 1990s when users heroically occupied it for 55 days and nights, the only community recording studio and rehearsal space on the Isle of Wight, and a dance education initiative right in the heart of Welsh coal country. Between the anniversary of Prince’s death (21st Aprils) and his birthday on the 7th June, we want to raise £50,000 to turn all six of these awesome projects into solar power stations.

10:10 21st April 2017 read more »

The STA has published a summary of current solar deployment at a major crunch point for the solar industry. This was reported in national media over the Easter weekend. The data shows that this year, solar retrofits on existing homes amounted to the equivalent of one roof per MP constituency per week, and the equivalent nationally of only one large factory roof per month. The end of March heralded the final closure of the Renewables Obligation, the key support scheme for solar farms, as well as the start of shock business rate rises for rooftop solar. Solar, the UK’s cheapest and most popular source of clean power, also remains excluded from renewables auctions, where included technologies are now bidding for £290 million of new support.

Solar Trade Association 18th April 2017 read more »

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Published: 21 April 2017