5 years on and the futures bright for BRE National Solar Centre

In 2013, Greg Barker, the then Minister State for Energy and Climate Change officially opened the BRE National Solar Centre, the UK solar industry was flourishing with approximately 8,800 new PV systems being installed every month adding over 1.1GW of capacity within the year. A lot has changed for solar over the last 5 years.Ā  … Continue reading “5 years on and the futures bright for BRE National Solar Centre”

FlexiSolar to install UKā€™s largest solar carport system for Bentley Motors

FlexiSolar, the innovative solar carport specialist based near Cambridge, has started construction of a large scale commercial carport at Bentley Motorsā€™ manufacturing headquarters in Crewe, Cheshire. In a six-month project due to complete in September 2018, FlexiSolar will construct what is set to become the UKā€™s largest solar carport system to date, with 10,000 solar … Continue reading “FlexiSolar to install UKā€™s largest solar carport system for Bentley Motors”

Solar, energy storage, and electric vehicles – joining up the clean technologies

A few eyebrows were raised when in 2015 the Renewable Energy Association (REA) launched its representation of the energy storage sector, and again in 2017 when it did the same for electric vehicles. “What does this have to do with renewables?” Is a question we have been asked often. The answer is key to where … Continue reading “Solar, energy storage, and electric vehicles – joining up the clean technologies”

Solar assurance the BRE way

Next week at the Solar PV Summit, BRE will be launching a certification scheme for large scale solar – an area of the UK solar market that is not currently regulated for installation quality. The certification scheme will provide an ongoing impartial assessment of solar PV installations above 50kW. The purpose of the scheme is … Continue reading “Solar assurance the BRE way”

BRE solar on commercial roofs guide to launch at the Solar PV Summit

Solar on commercial roofs has always lagged behind the domestic rooftop market. Currently, less than 5% of UK solar installations are on commercial roofs, compared to approximately 94% of systems installed on homes[1].Ā  Commercial properties have large, generally unused roofs, and account for about 8% of the UKā€™s energy consumption[2]. Installing solar can make sound … Continue reading “BRE solar on commercial roofs guide to launch at the Solar PV Summit”

Driving safety and performance for photovoltaic systems

We caught up with Steve Pester, Principal Consultant from the BRE National Solar Centre to find out how work funded by the BRE Trust is helping improve safety and performance of photovoltaic systems. The research found that minor components installed incorrectly can lead to poor performance and safety issues in photovoltaic systems. Ā This was then … Continue reading “Driving safety and performance for photovoltaic systems”

NSC helps secure planning for solar farms on old colliery sites

The NSC have been supporting APSE Energy and assisting a number of their member local authorities through the development stages of large scale solar projects, providing technical expertise for planning and grid connection applications. Three sites, with a cumulative capacity of 12.4MW, have now received planning consent and grid offers and a further eight sites … Continue reading “NSC helps secure planning for solar farms on old colliery sites”

Energy management – back to basics

The control of energy in buildings is generally poor,Ā despite the availability of a range of tried and tested systems incorporating both mature and innovative technologies.Ā Building controls are designed to provide aĀ comfortable climate for building occupants while ensuring this is delivered with the lowest possible energy consumption. BRE’sĀ Dr. Andy Lewry, a fellow of the Energy Managers … Continue reading “Energy management – back to basics”