People like me who buy solar panels tend to become unreasonably fond of them. Many homeowners come to regard these silent blocks of silicon on our roofs as part of the family. I’m also particularly proud that our panels are registered at Ofgem, the utilities regulator, as Power Station 571. The reason for going through the cumbersome process to convince Ofgem that my silicon should be listed alongside Drax and Sizewell B was to benefit from the government incentive scheme for renewable electricity generation.
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The new Conservative policy document on energy is keen to emphasise how smart it is. At its core are proposals for smart meters, smart grids, and smart battery charging. The enthusiasm for these technologies is almost palpable. On one page, the word ‘smart’ occurs eight times. But readers of the policy proposals are largely left in the dark about what all these intelligent devices will do. David Cameron’s comments about building ‘an electricity internet’ didn’t shed much light either.
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- @Roddy_Campbell UK installed c. 0.5GW PV in q1. 1 day ago
- @Roddy_Campbell Hi Roddy. ROC rate = 1.6. Spill into system = c.£40 MWh. Developers falling over themselves to build at these rates. 1 day ago
- CCC wrong on PV today. Costs already half its figure.Output 2020 likely beaten by mid 2014. 200 farms in planning. Rare error,but serious. 1 day ago
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- Solar is now cheaper than nuclear. Even in the UK.
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