The rapid spread of home batteries in Germany has brought the European residential storage market to an economic tipping point, according to a report by energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie. “Germany’s world-leading foray into the residential storage market has enabled Europe to claim the title of the largest residential storage market globally,” said researcher Rory McCarthy with reference to Germany’s “world-leading KfW support programme from way back in 2013.” “Off the back of Germany’s success, residential storage is beginning to proliferate into other European countries,” McCarthy said. He added that Germany, Italy and Spain were moving towards grid parity for residential solar PV systems with a battery attached, meaning this combination is no longer more expensive than electricity from the grid.
Renew Economy 9th Aug 2019 read more »
A COUNCIL has scooped a top gong at a national awards ceremony for its commitment to solar power. Portsmouth City Council topped the list at the national Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (Adept) president’s awards. It came following work by the city authority to assist neighbours West Sussex County Council in delivering a major solar panel scheme. The huge initiative, known as the Solar Power for Schools Programme, saw dozens of schools across Sussex being fitted with the cash-saving devices.
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Northumberland County Council has announced plans to install a high-tech solar farm at the back of its County Hall in Morpeth. The scheme will also see 60 new electric vehicle (EV) charging points installed in the structure of the solar farm, which will be suspended above the hall’s car parking spaces. The £2.3m scheme will be half-funded via a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant, while the council will cover the other 50%. The cost of the scheme is eventually expected to be covered by the savings it will generate for the council’s energy costs.
Environment Journal 8th Aug 2019 read more »
Wokingham Borough Council has become the latest to embrace solar, pledging school installs during the next academic year. Solar is to be installed on schools, libraries, leisure centres and other council-owned buildings, supporting Wokingham Borough Council’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2030. The announcement comes after it recently joined the ranks of councils – as well as central government – in declaring a climate emergency.
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