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  • susan640 11:43 pm on October 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ecolution, Renewable energy, Solar Action Plan, Solar Together   

    Solar Panel Installation under the Mayor's Solar Together Scheme 

    We are delighted to see our new solar pv panels being installed today on our house in north Archway, as part of the Mayor of London’s Solar Together project. They have only cost £3,500 plus £600 to connect to the hot water system. An absolute bargain, and the installation is proceeding smoothly with Solar Together’s chosen company Ecolution. I believe that the current round of installations is closed, but anyone interested should register their interest with Solar Together to build impetus for another round, website is here: https://solartogetherlondon.ichoosr.com/Product/index.rails The panels are very much cheaper than usual, and this price saving is achieved by bulk buying.

    The Solar Together project is part of the Mayor’s Solar Action Plan, the first of its kind in London, and sets out how the Mayor (our Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan, a great improvement on his predecessor), will put London on track to achieving 1 gigawatt of installed solar capacity by 2030, and becoming a zero carbon city by 2050. With climate change becoming much more imminent (as per the IPCC’s latest report, and our own experiences) the Solar Action Plan is an encouraging step forward.

  • Adam Hardy 8:16 pm on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Labour, , Renewable energy   

    #Fracking – frack-free Islington – hopefully 

    My reply to Richard Watts, Mayor of LB Islington, about  
    Frack-free Islington (his email to me)

    Dear Richard

    thank you for your comprehensive reply.

    I wouldn’t completely ignore the chances of companies wanting to frack under London – there have already been applications (turned down fortunately):

    Guest Post: Why not look for shale gas under London?

    I’m glad that my council (LB Islington in case you wondered) is making progress in the move away from climate-damaging energy – however despite your optimism about the pension fund, it seems there is still much to be done there. The latest figures published by gofossilfree.org shows some fairly sobering facts:

    Total fund size: £1,262,711,448
    Total fracking investments: £31,313,047
    Direct investments: £25,946,752
    Estimated indirect investments: £5,366,295
    % Invested in fracking: 2.48%
    Top fracking investments
    BP — £10,289,723
    Shell — £10,186,874
    BHP Billiton — £3,196,183
    ConocoPhillips — £2,273,972

    (from https://gofossilfree.org/uk/divest-fracking/ )

    What chance is there of more progress on the divestment front?

    • Adam Hardy 8:44 pm on September 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      In reply, Richard Watts mentioned: “The Council has asked its Pension Fund Advisers to pull together all our options for reducing the Fund’s carbon footprint so that they can be discussed in public at the December Meeting of the Council’s Pension Fund. I hope this helps to address your concerns.”

  • Kate Calvert 4:11 pm on January 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Renewable energy, UK Energy   

    Half Our Electricity is Low Carbon 

    This news is from the unlikely source of the Times Deputy Business Editor, who over the holidays reported that for the first time, over this last summer half of Britain’s electricity was generated from low carbon sources.

    The trick is that half of those low carbon sources are nuclear – 25% – with a further 25% from renewable such as solar, wind and biomass – that last of doubtful renewability given that it relies on cutting down trees, many said to come from clearance of the Amazon rainforest.

    The percentage of power provided by coal-fired power stations has plummeted from 16.7 to just 3.6% of the total after the government announced their plan to shut them all within 10 years to meet climate change targets.

    While a spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy reported that close to £52 billion had been invested in renewables since 2010, the National Grid reported that UK onshore and offshore wind trbines had set a new record by generating 10.1 gigawatts on December 7, or more than 20% of the total UK demand.

    Alongside a rise in electricity from gas there has been a big rise in output from solar panels with generation increasing by 30% between 2015 and 2016.

    The report knows that although making progress, the UK still lags some way behind Germany which leads the way of greener energy in Europe.

  • susan640 9:58 am on November 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Renewable energy, solar power   


    Taken from Twitter:

    PowerUp North London ‏@PowerUpNLdn

    PUNL meeting tonight/7pm @thegraftonnw5 to discuss next wave of projects. Come along if you don’t trust @realDonaldTrump with the climate!

    The Grafton Pub is at 20 Prince Of Wales Road, NW5 3LG

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