Beef with Climate Change?

Beef with Climate Change? As the world seemingly continues to hurtle towards oblivion at pace and the amount of organisations, Governments, pressure groups, entrepreneurs, President elects, believers and non-believers share views and opinion on the climate change latest, it can seem to the everyday citizen to be a problem so big and so frightening, there is nothing we can actually do to help.  If some of the brightest and most powerful minds on the planet can’t come together to save humanity as we know it, what exactly can the little man do about it? Well, the answer is a lot and it could start with something as a simple review of our diet. On the face of it, the suggestion that cows could be a significant cause of climate change, sounds fanciful. Surely it’s the cars, vans and trucks that drive past their fields on the M25 or the planes that fly over them that do the real damage? What’s the poor old cow, idly grazing away on a summer’s day got to do with any of this? Methane is a greenhouse gas like carbon dioxide (CO2), but the negative effect on the climate of Methane is 23 times higher than that of CO2 and on average, a cow releases between 70 and 120kg of Methane per year (in a few ways we won’t spend time elaborating on). So, the release of about 100kg of Methane per year (for each cow) is equivalent to around 2,300kg of CO2. Numbers mean very little without some context, so it’s mind boggling to think that the same amount of CO2 is generated...

4 Reasons To Sell Your Domestic Solar PV Feed-in Tariff

4 Reasons To Sell Your Domestic Solar PV Feed-in Tariff Our sister company, Solar Buyback Solutions, launched in 2015 to help domestic and commercial solar PV users release cash from their Feed-in Tariff and unlock their investment. If you’ve installed solar PV on your property using an MCS approved Solar Photovoltaics installer, you would have been eligible to apply for the Government’s Feed-in Tariff Scheme and earn quarterly, index-linked payments for 20 or 25 years, depending on when your system was installed. Since the launch of Solar Buyback Solutions, the UK’s first solar PV asset buy service (or “solar buy back” service), you now have the option to sell that Feed-in Tariff (FIT) for a cash lump sum. The panels stay on your roof, you continue to use as much of the free electricity you generate as possible, and we’ll even manage and pay for any maintenance your solar PV system needs for the rest of your FIT agreement period. Why would I want to sell my solar PV Feed-in Tariff? Why would you want to sell your domestic solar PV Feed-in Tariff? There could be any number of reasons you make the decision to sell, depending on your personal circumstances, but we’ve compiled a list of the most common reasons our customers decided to sell their FIT of cash. 1. FREE UP YOUR CASH When you sign up to a 20 or 25 year agreement with your FIT provider, depending on when your system was installed, you agree to be paid a Feed-in Tariff in the form of quarterly, index-linked payments for the term of the agreement (20 or...

Save Our Solar – Don’t Cut Government Support

Save Our Solar – Don’t Cut Government Support Don’t cut support now, we are only just starting to benefit: save our solar Equity crowdfunding platform, Trillion, raises money for environmental and social projects, and they’re taking a stand against the “unnecessary, draconian cuts” that this Government has imposed on the renewable energy industry since becoming elected in May. They feel the cuts will have “far-reaching consequences not just for the a few large scale solar and wind developers, but for all of us.” Government cuts will damage long-term access to clean energy supplies that, if properly supported, would cut electricity costs dramatically for bill payers, reduce harmful CO2 emissions and make our energy more secure and simpler. Proposed cuts could also limit access to crowdfunds for renewable energy projects, many of which are set up by local communities who are looking to develop a more secure supply. These projects rely on being able to deliver attractive-enough returns to small investors in order to be successful. As the crowdfunding industry develops, government incentives for clean energy are no longer entering the hands of the fat cat investors and big landowners who benefited from investing in it in the early days. Finally, thanks to crowdfunding platforms like Trillion, thousands of ordinary people are starting to make a decent return from it too. Crowdfunding has begun to democratise finance by giving ordinary investors, even those with only a small amount of cash to invest, access to opportunities that were previously out of their reach. Government subsidies have encouraged individuals to democratise energy, by giving energy users the chance to own and profit...

Obama: No Greater Threat Than Climate Change

Obama: No Greater Threat Than Climate Change US President Barack Obama says: “We only get one planet” as he unveiled what he called “the biggest, most important step we have ever taken” in tackling climate change. [President Obama, photo credit: The White House] Barack Obama has warned that no challenge poses a greater threat to humanity’s future than climate change. The aim of the revised Clean Power Plan is to cut greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired US power stations by nearly a third within 15 years. In unveiling the new plan, the US President said there was a compelling argument to take strong and immediate action. “I’m convinced no challenge provides a greater threat to the future of the planet – and future generations,” Mr Obama said. “There is such a thing as being too late. “We only get one home. We only get one planet.” The measures will place significant emphasis on wind and solar power and other renewable energy sources, and will demand carbon emissions be cut by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. However, opponents in the energy industry have vowed to fight the plan. Those opponents say Mr Obama has declared “a war on coal”. Power plants fired by coal provide more than a third of the US electricity supply. “We are the first generation to feel the impacts of climate change, and the last generation to be able to do something about it,” Mr Obama said. He likened the plan to taking 166 million cars off the road in terms of environmental impact. He called taking a stand against climate change a “moral obligation”. US...

UK Faces Worst Power Crunch in a Decade – Is Solar The Answer?

UK Faces Worst Power Crunch in a Decade – Is Solar The Answer? Bad weather this winter could see the UK at its biggest ever risk of blackouts, with the National Grid warning that its power reserves are stretched at a seven-year low. Never has there been a better time to generate your own electricity from renewable sources such as Solar. National Grid has warned that its capacity to supply electricity this winter will be at a seven-year low due to generator closures and breakdowns. Spare electricity capacity, which ran at about 5% over the winter months last year, would be nearer 4% this year, National Grid said. Three years ago, the margin was 17%. But National Grid said it has contingency plans in place to manage supply, including paying big firms to switch off on wold winter evenings. National Grid’s assessment, made in its 2014/15 Winter Outlook report, is based on similar demand to last winter but a fall in supply, due to generators closing and breaking down, and new plants not coming online quickly enough to replace them. Since 2012, 15 power plants have been closed or partially closed, taking out a large chunk of the UK’s energy-generating capacity. The network operator said it is finalising contracts with three UK power stations to provide reserve power in case of higher-than-expected demand, which could increase the capacity margin to more than 6%. “The electricity margin has decreased compared with recent years, but the outlook remains manageable and well within the reliability standard set by the government,” said Cordi O’Hara, Director of Market Operations at National Grid. Solar PV generates...