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The latest renewable energy news and issues affecting your business, from renewable fuels and energy to wind power, biofuels and renewable regulations and policies.

6.1MW solar array to power M&S Castle Donington warehouse

One of the UK’s largest solar rooftop installations is being built at a giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) distribution centre in the East Midlands, it was announced today.

Ecotricity and Skanska form £500m onshore wind joint venure

UK green energy company Ecotricity and construction giant Skanska have entered into a £500 million joint venture to build onshore wind farms in Britain.

Bigger renewable subsidy budget for CfDs won't help solar or SMEs, says industry

The Government on Thursday outlined plans to provide £300 million worth of support subsidies to the renewable power industry this autumn but has angered the solar industry and been accused of not providing value for money.

Solar could contribute more than nuclear to UK economy

Solar has the potential to create 60 gigawatts of generation capacity by 2030, supporting 50,000 green jobs and contributing £25.5 billion to the UK economy, according to major new research released today.

"Collective sigh of relief" for business as Scotland decides to stay in the union

Most businesses will be breathing "a collective sigh of relief" the UK's biggest business group said today, as the Scottish electorate rejected independence by 55 per cent to 45 per cent.

New York Climate Summit: it’s time foundations used their endowment might to trigger meaningful action

A week before the New York Climate Summit, 160 leading environmentalists from 44 countries are calling on the world’s foundations and philanthropists to use endowments worth billions of dollars to turn the tide on global warming. Jeremy Leggett, chairman of Carbon Tracker and coordinator of the declaration, sets out five options for foundations to accelerate climate work.

Scottish independence could see exit of Green Investment Bank

The prospect of an independent Scotland is calling into question the future of the UK Green Investment Bank and how Scottish green infrastructure projects will be funded going forward.

Going overground: Kensa goes on the road to "demystify" ground source heat pumps

Following the launch of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and the release of a landmark new heat pump model, Cornwall-based Kensa Heat Pumps is going on the road to "demystify" ground source heat pump technology. Thomas McMullan finds out more.

National Grid prepares for possibility of power shortages this winter

National Grid has called on electricity suppliers to declare how much spare capacity they could muster to cover peak times either side of Christmas – highlighting the possibility of power shortages this winter.

Energy efficiency: small businesses need more help and incentives to go green

Rising energy costs are barrier to growth for most small businesses, so why aren't they getting more help and support from Government and energy companies to go green, asks Mike Cherry is Federation of Small Businesses national policy chairman.

Fuel cell "mini-power stations" could reduce energy bills by 21 per cent

Low emission fuel cell systems could be deployed in more than five million premises by 2030, enabling homes and businesses to slash their energy bills, while delivering clean and secure energy to the UK, according to a new industry report released this week.

Renewable technologies power 22 per cent of world's electricity

Wind, solar and other renewable power capacity grew at its strongest ever pace last year and now produces 22 per cent of the world's electricity, the International Energy Agency said on Thursday in a new report.

Onshore wind: opposition much stronger among Tory MPs than British public

Conservative MPs are much more likely to oppose onshore windfarms than the national average of the public, a new poll has found.

Community green energy projects blocked by FCA

The future of community-owned green energy projects that Ministers say are crucial to break the dominance of the 'Big Six’ is being put at risk by the Financial Conduct Authority, according to co-operatives and the Labour party.

First PPA price comparison site for renewable energy generators goes live

The first online price comparison service for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) has launched, claiming it could earn independent renewable energy generators up to 20 per cent more for their electricity by creating an open market for green energy.


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6.1MW solar array to power M&S Castle Donington warehouse
Marks and Spencer's Donington Park distribution centre where the 24,272 solar PV panels have begun being installed
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