saving money, saving energy and saving the planet

Home Energy Saving

Solar Heating

Power from the Sun (Photovoltaics)

Ground and Air Source Heating

Wind Power

Hydroelectric Power

Rainwater Harvesting

Waste Water Recycling and Sewage Treatment

Biomass and Biofuel

Wave and Tidal Power

Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

Trade Associations

Government Departments and Initiatives

Grants

Ecological Organisations

Educational Resources

Events

THE RENEWABLE ENERGY CENTRE

Welcome to The Renewable Energy Centre

Use the left hand navigation to choose the subject that interests you. Each subject has an introduction followed by page(s) of links to UK Suppliers and Contractors.

On these company pages you can

  • Use the link from each logo to visit a company's own website
  • Use the email link immediately above each logo to contact an individual company
  • Send one email to all of the companies shown using the button at the top of the page.
  • Filter by region the list of companies using the "Filter by Area" box on the right hand navigation

As well as Suppliers and Contractors, further down you will find useful information on

  • Trade Associations and Journals
  • Government Departments and Government Initiatives
  • Grant Information and Funding Sources
  • Ecological Organisations
  • Teaching Materials and University Courses
  • Conferences and Exhibitions UK/Worldwide

We hope you find this site useful; if you have any comments please us. Please mention The Renewable Energy Centre when contacting organisations you find on this site. Thank you and enjoy.

New Section Launched

We have just added a new category to our website MCS Certified PV Manufacturers

Anyone who is looking to benefit from the Feed In Tariff will need to purchase products which are MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) approved. Installers also must have certification if the homeowner is to qualify for the Feed In Tariff. You can view the current list of certified manufacturers in our new section and the full list of installers can be found on the MCS website.

Other Events

Renewable Energy Courses for Engineers

PPL Training is offering a range of courses for plumbers, electricians and renewables engineers.

For more information please visit: www.ppltraining.co.uk.

RENEXPO Events

This year's renewable energy conferences and exhibitions will be held in various locations across Europe. With 12 events scheduled over the year, attendees can discover more about new technology, research and development currently being undertaken. The full range of conferences can be found on the events and exhibitons page.


Saving Money, Saving Energy & Saving the Planet

Saving Money, Saving Energy & Saving the Planet

We are all conscious of the effect that man is having on the planet and conscious also of the spiralling cost of energy.

At the Kyoto Summit in 1997, the UK agreed to a 12.5 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2008 to 2012.

In his April 2009 budget Alistair Darling has committed the UK to a 34% reduction in our carbon emissions by 2020.

Addressing climate change and the UK’s impact on global warming, government has set some stiff targets;

  • A 60% reduction in UK carbon dioxide emissions by 2050,
  • By 2012 the government's office estate will be carbon neutral,
  • A 30% reduction in carbon emissions from central government buildings by 2020, and
  • 10% of UK energy generation from renewables by 2010.

According to the Energy Review Report 2006, as at 2004 business was responsible for 60.5 million tonnes of carbon (MtC) (40%), residential housing was responsible for 41.7 MtC (28%), transport was responsible for 43.1 MtC (29%) and the public sector responsible for 5.7 MtC (3%).

The Renewable Energy Centre welcomes these latest headline initiatives:

  • The proposal in the draft Climate Change Bill to set annual, legally binding carbon reduction targets
  • The EU's commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by the year 2020
  • The Code for Sustainable Homes will eventually become mandatory to Level 6 but in 2010 Building Regulations will be changed to reflect Level 3 of the Code for every new home built.

By adopting some simple technologies we all (householder, business or public servant) can save money, save energy and help save the planet.

Home Energy Saving and Renewables

Home Energy Saving and Renewables

Over a third of all UK carbon emissions are generated in the home so any renewable energy use or energy saving can have a big impact on our contribution to global warming.


The government has recognised the importance of home energy efficiency by introducing a rating system similar to the rating system for appliances.
Energy Performance Certificate
is an essential part of the Home Information Pack now required for every home bought and sold in England and Wales.

As well as grant aid for Home Renewable Projects (Grants), up to 100% of the cost of energy saving measures such as insulation, low energy lighting and efficient heating is available to households on a range of income related benefits.

Within this site you will find information and links to suppliers of

This website is intended as an introduction to these technologies and as a guide to further sources of information and to companies who can supply, design and install your chosen energy saving systems.

Commercial Renewables and Energy Saving for Businesses

Commercial Renewables and Energy Saving for Businesses

The government has introduced a number of measures, some punitive, some encouraging to achieve their carbon reduction policy objectives in the commercial sector.
Their main vehicle for managing these programmes is the Carbon Trust

For example:
All UK power suppliers must source a rising proportion of their energy from renewables, currently 6.7% rising to 20% in 2020 or face a stiff financial penalty.

Energy intensive industries can benefit from an 80% discount on the Climate Change Levy if challenging targets (Climate Change Agreements) are agreed and met for improving energy efficiency or reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Enhanced Capital Allowances Scheme allows industry to write off against taxable profits 100% of the capital cost of investments in energy saving technologies and products in the first year. This gives a cash flow boost and a shortened payback period to encourage investment.

These incentives and others together with the spiraling cost of energy have pushed energy efficiency to the top of commercial priorities.

For power generators the most popular technology for new projects is onshore and offshore wind power. The technology is well proven, is scalable with turbines over 5MW capacity now commonplace and the UK has an abundance of potential wind energy.

Hydro-electric generation is still the largest renewable generator with over 45% of renewables capacity.
However, it is no longer politically acceptable to flood valleys and dispossess landowners to create new hydro schemes and potential new large-scale hydro sites are scarce.

The proportion of renewables capacity from biofuels and waste has been steadily rising and will soon overtake hydro generation whilst wave and tidal technologies are still at the experimental stage.

A feature of the last five years has been the growth in off-grid PV and wind applications such as signage on the road network, on transport and for battery charging. This is expected to continue to grow as the cost of these technologies comes down.

This website is intended to give you an introduction to the renewable technologies available, the current players in the market and contacts to renewables project companies and equipment suppliers

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