Report Confirms

  New solar energy installations will grow faster this year than previously expected, according to Mercom Capital, which will make 2015 another strong year for the global solar market. Releasing an update to its 2015 solar market report, Mercom predicts new installations will reach 57.4 gigawatts worldwide in 2015. New market data from China, along with revised installation goals, prompted the upward revision, Mercom Capital Group co-founder and CEO Raj Prabhu explained in a press release. The Austin, Texas-based market research, consulting and communications company also revised its 2015 forecast for new solar installations in India upward. Fueled by a renewed drive on the part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, some 2.2 GW of new solar capacity will come online across India this year, Mercom predicts. The geography of new solar installations China, Japan and the U.S. will account for around 60 percent of new solar installations this year, according to Mercom. China again raised its 2015 solar target by 20 percent, to nearly 18 GW, since Mercom made its previous annual forecast three months ago. “With the specific steps put forward by the [China] National Energy Administration (NEA) and the 5 GW already installed in the first quarter, 17.8 GW is a more achievable target this year,” Prabhu was quoted as saying. “Omission of a specific installation target for distributed solar projects, which contributed to missing the 2014 goal, is a positive.” China raised its solar installation target several times last year. Mercom expects it will do the same in 2015 if installation issues crop up on the ground. Solar grows in Japan and the U.S., slides in...

LED vs Traditional Lighting

The vast majority of us still use traditional halogen bulbs to light up our homes, which is more than likely due to the cost differences between traditional light bulbs and energy efficient bulbs (on average, LED bulbs cost six times as much as halogen bulbs) However, LEDs can return on their investment in just two years, leaving you to benefit from £40 a year savings on your electricity bills. This saving is due to the fact that LED lights need a loss let power to run than traditional lights. Traditional lights only use around 20% of their electrical energy to produce light, and lose 80% of their energy to heat. LED bulbs do quite the opposite, they use 80-90% of their electrical energy to produce light, and only lose around 10% to heat. LED bulbs also last much longer than traditional bulbs. LEDs have a lifetime of up to 50,000 hours (and many last even longer!) whereas a traditional halogen bulb only has a lifespan around 1,500 hours. That means that LED bulbs last 30 years longer on average, which saves you even more money as you don’t have to replace them so often. LEDs even come with environmental benefits. Unlike traditional bulbs, they do not contain any harmful gasses such as mercury and they not emit any UV rays. And, since they use less power than traditional bulbs they can also help to lower your homes carbon emissions. The H&V News Awards judges have selected the organisations who demonstrated the very highest standards in their respective fields for the 2016 Awards, and the Just Energy Solutions Team is...

Simple ways that you could save energy, money and the environment

Going green doesn’t have to be a challenge, there are plenty of simple, low cost changes that you can make to your home in order to conserve energy and help save the environment. And of course, the more energy that you save, the more money you save on your bills. – Use energy efficient light bulbs. There are around 650 million inefficient light bulbs currently switched on in the UK. Replacing your old traditional bulbs for energy efficient ones could save you around £55 a year. – Draught proof your home. If your home is very draughty, then not only is heat being wasted, energy is too. Draught proofing your doors and windows alone could save you around £25 a year. – Change your heating controls. Thermostats control half of your home energy, so installing a smarter, self-learning thermostat is worth your while. Installing a Nest Thermostat in your home can save you around 25% a year on your heating bills by creating a heating schedule that is tailored to you and your home. – Choose energy efficient appliances.Choosing appliances that use less energy can generate big savings on your energy bills. For example, choosing an A+ rated fridge freezer will save you around £57 in energy bills over its lifetime compared to a market average model. – Make sure your appliances are not on standby. Appliances that are left on standby amount for 10% of an average UK household’s energy usage. Unplugging devices when they are not in use could save you around £40 a year. – Watch your water usage. Replace your daily bath with a daily...

Why do we need Renewable Energy?

For thousands of years we have relied on burning fossil fuels to generate energy, but in today’s world using oil, gas and coal for our energy needs is becoming a problem. Climate change is one of the greatest environmental challenges that we have ever faced, and the main cause behind it is our dependence on fossil fuels. Burning coal, petroleum and other fossil fuels is the primary means by which we produce electricity, but it also leads to heavy concentrations of pollutants in our air and water. Another problem with using fossil fuels to generate energy is that there is not a limitless amount available. For the past couple of centuries, we have come to rely more and more on the world’s supply of fossil fuels, and that supply is fast running out. As the demand for fossil fuels has increased, the cost of using them has also increased and each year we find ourselves with larger and larger energy bills. The answer to all of these problems? Renewable energy. Energy such as solar energy, wind energy and water power is generated from natural energy sources and unlike fossil fuels, these sources of energy never run out. With a much lower impact on the environment, using renewable energy helps to protect our planet by significantly reducing the amount of carbon emissions that we produce. By using renewable energy sources, we also reduce our dependence on fossil fuel gas and oil reserves, which means that we can avoid the rising cost of energy bills and improve our energy security. In order to preserve our planet, our wallets and our energy...

Use the free and limitless energy of the sun to heat your water!

We have all heard of Solar PV, which captures energy from the sun to provide us with free electricity, but did you know that solar power can also be used to provide us with free hot water? Solar Water Heating Systems, known as Solar Thermal, collect heat from the sun and use it heat up your water which is then stored in a hot water cylinder. Generating between 50-60% of the hot water needed in your home, Solar Thermal can save you up to £130 a year on your heating bills and provide you with an income of up to £460 a year through the governments Renewable Heat Incentive. And, of course by using Solar Thermal you will drastically reduce your carbon footprint and cut your homes carbon emissions as it is a renewable heating system. In fact, Solar Thermal has been proven to be one of the best ways of helping to protect our environment and lower a buildings carbon footprint. If you are thinking of investing in Solar Thermal Technology, or if you just want to find out more on the many benefits of Solar Power, Just Energy Solutions are professional installers of solar technology and can give you some honest and reliable advice. You could even pop down to our energy showroom, where we have both Solar PV and Solar Thermal on display and our team members will be on hand for any questions you might have. The H&V News Awards judges have selected the organisations who demonstrated the very highest standards in their respective fields for the 2016 Awards, and the Just Energy Solutions Team...