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Extracts from NATTA's journal
, issue 150 July-Aug 2004

   Welcome   Archives   Bulletin         


1.  Mind the  Funding Gap

2.  1 GW of Wind - RSPB fears

3.  Marine Renewables

4. Still no to Tidal Barrage/Lagoon

5. Biofuels Push

6. 2000 solar  roofs

7. Transmission Debate

8. Mine Methane shafted

9. Lords on Climate Change

10. RO price rises

11. New Renewable projects around the UK

12. Wind power costs

13. Scotland invests  to save energy

14. SEPN charts progress …but SDC wants

15 Renewables around the World

16. EU new : wind at 30GW

17. Nuclear News: Bush bans reprocessing

6. 2000 solar  roofs

The UK is usually seen as falling behind in the race to  utilise solar energy, but  Stephen Timms, the Energy Minister, when responding to a Parliamentary Question, reported that

‘under the Clear Skies  initiative, which supports the installation of solar hot water heating  systems among otheer small-scale renewables, 1,585 individual household  grants have been approved with a total value of £792,000. Of these, 622  with a value of £311,000 have been paid to date. Under the Community stream of Clear Skies, funds offered for solar hot  water heating have a value totalling £968,734. It is difficult to give an exact number of dwellings that this equates to but it is estimated at approximately 560. Under the Major Photovoltaic Demonstration Programme, which provides grants for the installation of solar electric panels, 408 Stream 1 individual small-scale (0.5 kWp to 5 kWp) applications have been approved at a total value of £2,843,496. Of these 221 with a value of £1,436,978 have been paid to date. Approximately 80 per cent. of these are for residential dwellings. Under Stream 2 (medium and large-scale) of the Programme, 25 group-housing (5 kWp to 100 kWp) applications have been approved with a  total value of £2,684,866. These applications equate to approximately 500 roofs/dwellings.’

Added together that’s over 2000 projects- solar heating and PV solar, with more to come (see £2m for PV - p.8).  Not a patch on Germany’s 100,000 PV projects, but at least a start.    Source : PQ Hansard Feb 6.

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