Monthly Archives: June 2011

  • Micropower Council vows to stop cowboy traders

    The Micropower Council, which is the microgeneration industry's trade body has announced its intention to stop cowboy traders in the flue accessories industry.

    It has vowed to act after a study from Which? found that some polar photovoltaic (PV) installer companies were breaking the main standards of self-regulation, the MCS installer standard and the REAL Assurance Scheme.

    Dave Sowden, chief executive of the Micropower Council, said: "We have seen unprecedented growth in sales of solar PV in the past year, and a rapidly growing industry inevitably attracts a small number of cowboys."

    There is no reason for customers to be misled by exaggerating the incentives available to them, Mr Sowden added.

    He also stated that the Micropower Council is acutely conscious of the shortcomings in the government's own assessment methodology.

    Mr Sowden continued by saying that the Microgeneration Strategy was launched at the Microgeneration UK 2011 conference to address these concerns.

  • Micropower Council vows to stop cowboy traders

    The Micropower Council, which is the microgeneration industry's trade body has announced its intention to stop cowboy traders in the flue accessories industry.

    It has vowed to act after a study from Which? found that some polar photovoltaic (PV) installer companies were breaking the main standards of self-regulation, the MCS installer standard and the REAL Assurance Scheme.

    Dave Sowden, chief executive of the Micropower Council, said: "We have seen unprecedented growth in sales of solar PV in the past year, and a rapidly growing industry inevitably attracts a small number of cowboys."

    There is no reason for customers to be misled by exaggerating the incentives available to them, Mr Sowden added.

    He also stated that the Micropower Council is acutely conscious of the shortcomings in the government's own assessment methodology.

    Mr Sowden continued by saying that the Microgeneration Strategy was launched at the Microgeneration UK 2011 conference to address these concerns.

  • North Essex MP makes green power plant promise

    North Essex Tory MP Bernard Jenkin has declared that he will not back a new nuclear power station in Bradwell until his environmental concerns are addressed.

    Mr Jenkin has said that the project will not receive his support until officials explore the potential hazards to marine life in the River Blackwater, reports the Daily Gazette.

    Any environmental damage may be caused by emissions from the site's flue accessories.

    He told the news provider: "The treatment of the water and where the inflow and outflow of it from the Blackwater Estuary are critical.

    "I will not be giving this plan my unqualified support until the environmental concerns are met."

    However, Mr Jenkin did highlight the benefits of the site, saying that it will bring a huge number of jobs during its construction phase.

    Elsewhere in the industry, the Bath Chronicle has revealed that local communities have been honoured by Bath and North East Somerset Council for their efforts in combating climate change.

    Groups from Timsbury, Widcombe and Keynsham are among those that have been recognised. 

  • Anti-nuclear campaigners oppose new power plant

    Anti-nuclear campaigners residing near Shepperdine have spoken out against government plans to develop a new power plant with flue accessories near their homes.

    Representatives of Shepperdine Against Nuclear Energy (SANE) have also stated they are a set of people who fully understand the consequences that can arise from having a "lack of vison" in British energy policy, according to the Gazette Series.

    Reg Illingworth, chairman for SANE, told the news provider: "We pledge to peacefully halt new nuclear and to close down the existing old and risky sites, and we will overcome."

    Horizon Nuclear Power is the company behind the plans for the Shepperdine power plant, which will be based near Oldbury.

    SANE's campaign against the site comes after a new test centre was commissioned in the US that aims to trial carbon efficient flue accessories.

    The new Post-Combustion Carbon Capture Centre may play a key role in advancing CO2 emissions across the world.

  • Consumers aren't gaining 'correct renewable energy advice'

    A number of renewable energy firms are not providing consumers with the correct advice on how green technology can be adopted among their flue accessories, one group has claimed.

    In response to a Which? report on renewable installers, the Energy Saving Trust released a statement denoting its concerns over the UK's renewables industry.

    Philip Sellwood, chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust, said: "Rapid growth in the domestic renewables industry has placed the current supply chain under pressure, and our own research has found that installers themselves are concerned about the quality of training they receive."

    Installers and customers require access to clear and impartial information that can enable them to make balanced and informed choices regarding renewable energy, Mr Sellwood also stated.

    The survey conducted by Which? found that three-quarters of businesses incorrectly predicted how much energy solar photovoltaic panels would generate.

    Also, a substantial number of companies underestimated the amount of time it takes for the systems to pay for themselves. 

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