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Saturday 19 August 2017
19 August 2017 - NEWS UPDATE
Renewable Energy

Cameron and Clegg urged for clarity on renewables policy

More than 200 industry leaders have written to David Cameron and Nick Clegg urging clarity on renewables growth and insisting the Treasury actively supports legally-binding renewable energy targets. The letter follows growing concerns about the slow pace and complexity of DECC's policy framework and a series of interventions by the Treasury, creating confusion about Government objectives and leaving key renewable power technologies without the clarity they need.

Renewable Energy

New solar farm planned for Bodmin

Solar Energy company Solar Securities is planning to build a new five megawatt (MW) solar farm on the edge of Bodmin that could meet the electricity needs of 1,000 homes. The scheme, at Middle Bodiniel Farm, would be next to the company's existing 5MW solar farm at Lower Bodiniel Farm which started producing electricity in June 2012.

Marine

UK's second Marine Energy Park is announced

The Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters in the North of Scotland have been designated a Marine Energy Park. The area is the second in the UK to be declared the focus for marine renewable energy - the South West Marine Energy Park (SWMEP) was announced in January 2012.

Marine

New appointments to Wave Hub board

Three new board members have been appointed to oversee the operation of Wave Hub, the offshore marine energy project in Cornwall. Bill Russell takes on the role of chairman while Niamh Lamond and Richard Parkinson have been appointed as non-executive Directors.

Renewable Energy

Bath University part of £5m solar energy research project

The University of Bath is part of a £5 million collaborative project to promote the latest research into harnessing the sun's energy to produce electricity. The SUPERSOLAR hub brings together expertise from universities across the UK and the solar panel industry to share knowledge, establish a research network and train the next generation of scientists in the field.

Renewable Energy

Renewables subsidy huge opportunity for South West

New subsidies for renewable energy technologies present a huge opportunity for the South West, according to the renewables team at legal firm Stephens Scown LLP. This is despite new bandings for renewables technologies under the Renewables Obligation – the Government's main mechanism for supporting large scale renewables projects.

Marine

A&P appoint marine renewables business development manager

A&P Falmouth has appointed a full time marine renewables business development manager, demonstrating the company's commitment to working at the forefront of the sector. Amanda Pound joined the company in 2010 as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with University of Exeter after finishing her degree. 

Renewable Energy

Industry claims solar power will remain a good investment

New calculations show that investing in solar will continue to be attractive for domestic properties despite the reductions in the Feed in Tariff (FiT) introduced in August 2012 when the FIT for domestic systems reduced to 16p and the FIT lifetime lowered to 20 years. However, the price paid for power exported back onto the grid increased to 4.5p, better reflecting the true market value of locally generated power.