Tag Archives: Solar Technology

Help us save the solar industry!

If you follow the UK news, it won’t have escaped your notice that the government has decided to cut the subsidy for solar power in half for all new installations in less than 6 weeks. Solar is in trouble! The new tariff of 21 pence, down from the current 43p, will take effect from 1 […]

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Solar-powered internet school set to benefit children in rural Africa

David Smith reports in The Guardian that electronics firm Samsung have built a solar-powered mobile classroom inside a 12-foot shipping container.                     It features “an array of gadgets including laptops, a video camera and a 50-inch e-board in place of a blackboard”. The idea is that […]

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Barclays launches £100m renewables fund for farmers

YES. This is what we like: well-known people (like Michael Eavis) championing solar power. That gets the green thumbs up from the GPI team. Today, The Guardian reports that Barclays’ business arm is to help UK farmers finance renewable energy projects “following a massive surge in interest”. Good stuff. And for the record, our interest […]

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Solar Power Helps Women Bring Light to Sierra Leone

Today, in The Guardian’s Poverty Matters Blog, we’ve found this great story about how an Indian College has trained 12 Sierra Leonean women to become solar engineers. It’s all part of a drive to bring electricity to rural communities.                   “A group of 12 women from villages […]

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Solar Trends From Around The World

“Experts weigh in on what comes next in Europe, Asia and North America.” When it comes to the future of solar and renewable energy, our friends at 2degrees are constant source of news and knowledge. We really liked this interesting article about regional markets, which provides an insight to some of the observations gleaned from […]

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Financial Times says “Invest in panels for solar savings”

Last week, the FT reported that homeowners will save more money in the long-term if they invest in their own solar panel installation, rather than taking up a ‘free’ installation deal from energy companies. “A number of providers now offer customers free solar panel installation. But while the schemes can save customers between £10,000 and […]

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New Green Power Project approved for Croydon Oasis Academy!

That’s right – we’re delighted to announce that we’re bringing green, clean energy to the Oasis Academy in Croydon! The Green Power team will soon be installing a wind turbine and solar panels at this fantastic South London academy – bringing the school community significant energy and cost savings. With works scheduled for this summer, […]

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Suntech Power develops cheaper, high-efficiency solar panels

Chinese solar-panel manufacturer Suntech Power has developed a better way to make high-grade silicon wafers for solar cells that could cut the cost of solar power by as much as 10-20%. In fact, the idea underlying the process was patented more than 20 years ago, but it was never commercially developed by the patent owners. When the patents expired […]

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UK’s first solar-powered business park connects to the National Grid today!

The Howbery Business Park in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, claiming to be the country’s first solar-powered business park under the government’s FIT scheme, has today been connected to the National Grid. Boasting some 3000 solar panels, the ground mounted installation is expected to generate more than 682MWh of clean electricity per annum. The photovoltaic panels will power more […]

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Facebook Shares Green Data Centre Technology with Rival Companies

Facebook has announced that it will share the design secrets behind its new energy-efficient data centre with rival companies. In Prineville, Oregon Facebook’s facility is said to use 38% less power than existing centres. By making the innovations public, it hopes to reduce the amount of electricity the industry uses.

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