Jun 15, 2018

"This data shows that solar has become a common-sense option for much of the US and is too strong to

Sophie Chapman
1 min
During the first quarter of 2018, the largest amount of new energy capacity installed in the US was solar power.

During the first quarter of 2018, the largest amount of new energy capacity installed in the US was solar power.

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the US installed 2.5GW of new solar power capacity in the first three months on this year.

The organisation’s report, titled The US Solar Market Insight, notes that the country installed 13% more solar in the review period of this year, compared to 2017.

Solar, therefor, accounted for 55% of all new electricity added in America in the three months ending March.

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“This data shows that solar has become a common-sense option for much of the US and is too strong to be set back for long," Abigail Ross Hopper, the Chief Executive Officer of SEIA stated.

SEIA claims that a lot of the new solar capacity was created through utility-scale projects, followed by non-residential solar.

Solar’s success follows the Trump administration’s implemented solar tariff of 30%, which came into effect in February.

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

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Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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