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January 5, 2012

Solar panel installations – DECC announce figures for 2011

Filed under: Environment News, Industry News — Tags: , , — sharon @ 10:55 am

The Department for Energy and Climate Change have reported since the December 12th deadline the number of solar pv installations dropped by a staggering 98% based on figures for the week prior to the 12th

The figures released by the DECC illustrate the boom following the Government’s announcement to cut the FiT rate on 31st October and how in just 6 weeks the UK more than doubled its capacity, with 43% of 2011’s capacity being put in place after the announcement. 

The deadline has no doubt been devastating for a considerable amount of our clients but the requirement for our desktop appraisals since the deadline shows that installations are still going ahead, albeit at a much slower pace.

Our figures for November showed that out of all desktop appraisals undertaken for that month, 83% passed successfully with no strengthening works being required

To find out how we can help you and provide the MCS installer’s clients’ with complete peace of mind, check out our services for solar pv installers here or call to speak to one of our advisors on 0800 027 5130.

August 26, 2011

Confused about feed in tariffs? The FiT scheme explained

The use of solar PV systems is not only hugely cost effective by savings on your energy bills, but can also offer a form of investment with the introduction of the feed in tariff. 

The FiT scheme is available for people who have solar panels, wind turbines and other forms of electrical micro generation technology installed in their homes.

To qualify for the FiT system, the solar PV systems must be installed by an MCS accredited installer and supplier.

The key benefits of the FiT are:-

generation tariff – in which your energy supplier gives money for every unit of electricity produced

export tariff – a payment of approx 3p/Kwh for all excess generated electricity exported to the grid

energy bill savings – by using the power from the installed technology there is less dependence of the conventional electrical power supplied by the grid

To find out more, visit the Department of Energy & Climate Change  & see Kevin McCloud speaking on DECC at EcoBuild.

May 16, 2011

Coalition urges farm building conversion for residential use

Ministers want rural councils to consider changing planning policies to support residential conversion of unwanted farm buildings rather than insisting on employment reuse.

read more from the Planning Portal

March 3, 2011

Sister company Auger successfully gain SAFEcontractor accreditation

Filed under: Company News, Industry News — Tags: , , — sharon @ 10:45 am

Auger is one of the latest group of successful companies to join the leading edge SAFEcontractor scheme designed to help industry improve it’s safety record. 

The scheme recognises very high standards of health and safety practices amongst UK contractors. 

SAFEcontractor accreditation enhances Auger’s high standards and commitment to safety, the assessment vetted Auger’s health & safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. 

Find out more about auger

February 2, 2011

Climate and Capacity Planning for the ‘Subsidence Claims’ World

OCA have issued their latest paper aimed to help those in the world of insurance claims and tree related subsidence of low rise buildings.

The report examines the recent cold weather we have been suffering, the probable causes and goes on to provide forecasts which may aid with capacity planning and what the likelihood is of a ‘Summer Surge’.

Read the report here ……

November 22, 2010

‘Help my house is falling down’ series 2

Filed under: Company News, Industry News, Staff News — Tags: , , , — sharon @ 9:28 am

Brewster’s sister company Auger begin filming today with C4 for Series 2 of the popular Sarah Beeny show ‘Help my house is falling down’.

Auger, who specialise in drainage and subsidence investigations and repairs, were invited by Channel 4 to assist Sarah in Series 1  with some serious problems encountered by unlucky and unsuspecting homeowners.

Click here to see Auger in action and catch up on what happened in Series 1.

November 18, 2010

‘Energy from Sewage’

Filed under: Environment News, Industry News — Tags: , — sharon @ 9:40 am

Didcot sewage works – together with Thames Water, British Gas and Scotia Gas Networks – is providing gas for 200 households produced from biomethane gas, originally from human waste.

“A joint venture between Thames Water, British Gas and Scotia Gas Networks this marks an important milestone in the UK’s efforts to decarbonise the gas grid and move towards a low-carbon economy. It is hoped this will be the first of many similar projects”.

Read the full article at:- 

http://www.housefixer.co.uk/diy/2010/10/05/sewage-sends-first-renewable-gas-to-grid

November 10, 2010

More flood warnings issued

With more flood warnings issued in York and surrounding areas, here’s some helpful tips from RICS if you are affected:-

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November 4, 2010

More flooding hits Cumbria

Filed under: Environment News, Industry News — Tags: , , — sharon @ 1:50 pm

Already this month we have seen the wettest ‘November’ day on record and more flooding in Cumbria.  River levels are high and more bad weather is on the way, the Met Office have warned of more localised flooding to the area. 

With flood warnings issued, homes and businesses are at risk and lives are in danger.

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November 3, 2010

No subsidence problems here then …….

Filed under: Industry News — Tags: , , — sharon @ 11:28 am

click here to view the balancing barn

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