HBS New Energies has been selected to deliver roof integrated solar PV as part of Legal & General’s sustainable housing development. Around 128.4kWp of rooftop solar will be installed by HBS across 37 homes in the Buckler’s Park development in Berkshire. An estimated 120,244kWh will be generated per year, with a carbon reduction of 62.4 tonnes. System sizes for houses range from 2.4kWp to 4.2kWp and for apartment blocks 2.4kWp to 4.6kWp. The scheme will help to meet Legal & General’s energy targets of achieving a 19% saving in CO2 emissions through on-site renewable generation.
Solar Power Portal 9th May 2019 read more »
Raising VAT on solar panels from 5 per cent to 20 risks making their installation “entirely uneconomic”, experts have warned. Although parliament declared a climate emergency earlier this month, rates for fossil fuels including gas and coal will remain at 5 per cent, while materials for some renewables will see tax rises of 15 per cent. These rates will apply from 1 October and follow a consultation by HMRC which closed last week. The VAT hike on materials for solar panels and also battery storage, came as the government’s official advisory body on climate change recommended the UK reaches net zero fossil fuel emissions by 2050.
Independent 9th May 2019 read more »