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...

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...

We’re Expanding: Just Energy Solutions Opens Office in South West

Second branch of Just Energy Solutions has now opened in Truro, Cornwall Currently servicing the South East including London, the Home Counties and East Anglia from our St Albans Office, the Truro Office will expand the Team’s area of operation to cover the South West including Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. The new Office will meet the renewable energy, efficient heating and smart home technology installation, service and maintenance needs of both domestic and commercial customers in the area, as well as creating local opportunities for employment. Plans to develop operations in the South West were initiated by a growing demand for the services we provide in the region. After starting work in the area in April 2014 with a small team of surveyors and engineers, we’ve grown to expand our team of operations managers, surveyors, engineers and apprentices – as well as currently having vacancies for two additional engineers (interested engineers should contact us for details or visit our website’s Careers section). The new office is operated out of Penstraze Business Centre, a stone’s throw from bustling Truro – Cornwall’s centre for administration, leisure and retail. “Our whole ethos is built around the service we deliver to our customers and the fact that we can make a difference to those living in the region, which makes me proud to be at the forefront of the South West development. “By having such a diverse product range, from biomass and solar PV through to conventional gas, oil and electric heating we, as our name suggests, have a solution to suit every customer’s needs. Cost-effective servicing ensures we’re not just interested in new jobs,...

Biomass could be providing 60% of the world’s renewable energy by 2030

Biomass is now widely available throughout the UK, and a recent report has predicted that biomass could be producing 60% of the world’s renewable energy by 2030. The report, which was done by The International Renewable Energy also found that biomass could provide 20% of global electricity by 2030 if its full potential is realised. Biomass has increased in popularity throughout the last few years, and has so far accounted for 7% of the UKs energy for 2014. Offering a renewable, low carbon, cost effective energy source that can help us meet our renewable energy targets, it is not hard to see why the UK have started to choose biomass over fossil fuel alternatives. Biomass has also had a positive effect on the UKs economy, supporting tens of thousands of jobs and creating over a billion pounds of revenue. It has even been estimated that by 2020, the biomass industry could be supporting up to 58,000 jobs in the UK alone. The International Renewable Energy Agency say that biomass is an essential part of any country’s renewable energy portfolio and can provide a reliable source of energy when less reliable sources, such as wind, fall short. 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 proud to have been shortlisted for both the “Energy Efficient Installer of the Year” and “Smart Installer of the Year” categories.Following the established format, the first phase of judging took place online, with judges reviewing a record number of nominations and handpicking their...

The Many Uses of Solar Power

At the start of 2013, more than 500,000 Solar PV installations had been fitted on rooftops throughout the UK and the British Solar Industry were working towards fitting one million by 2015. With energy costs on the rise, installing a Solar PV system and generating free electricity is fast becoming an attractive investment for UK homeowners. The number of PV installations on residential buildings has grown in recent years and is set to continue to grow as ten million homes in the UK should have their homes fitted with solar panels by 2020 if the UK is to fill its renewable energy potential. However it is not just residential properties that can benefit from generating free electricity via Solar Power. UK businesses spend £2.4 billion on energy annually and could cut their overhead costs significantly if they chose to invest in a Solar PV System. Commercial buildings are perfect for installing Solar PV systems, the vertical walls of office buildings provide several opportunities for PV incorporation and glass PV modules can easily be fitted to office roof spaces. Large commercial buildings such as factories or warehouses have a vast amount of roof space that can be used to install a Solar PV System, even if the roof area is flat the panels can be mounted using techniques that do not breach the weatherproofed roof membrane. Even skylights can be partially covered by Solar Panels, the PV installation can be tailored to each building so commercial properties do not need to miss out on the savings that can be generated by producing their own electricity. For many years, solar energy...

What Is A Typical Households Energy Use?

Energy bills are one of the largest regular bills that UK households have to pay, behind mortgage, rent and council tax. The average household’s dual bill – which covers both gas and electricity – currently works out at around £1,264 a year. This is an average amount, and the actual amount you will pay will depend on your energy consumption and the methods of payment. The typical consumption figures for energy use were last reviewed by Ofgem in 2011, a typical energy consumption is the amount of energy that a `typical’ household – with a medium level of energy consumption – uses in a year. The typical consumption figures for gas were found to be 15,500kWh a year, and 3,300kWh for electricity. Before this review by Ofgem, typical energy consumption was last reviewed in 2003 by Energywatch, who found that typical consumption of gas were at 20,500kWh a year per household and electricity at 3,300kWh. This shows that in the ten years between each review, energy consumption has stayed the same while gas consumption has decreased. The reason for gas consumption decreasing may be due to UK household’s growing fears of rising energy costs. Households are generally becoming much more aware of their energy consumption, and are looking at ways in which they can cut the cost of their annual energy bills. This may be achieved by making energy efficient improvements to the home such as: Insulation, double glazing, installing a new energy efficient gas boiler or installing a biomass heating system. Electricity consumption has remained the same in the 10 years between the two reviews. There could be...