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Premier Inn To Install More Solar Panels

Many of you may have spent the night at a Premier Inn with numerous such properties located in various parts of the UK. Over the years, the well known TV star Sir Lenworth George Henry better known by he name of Lenny Henry has advertised these inns on television.

Well, the hotel business is to have more solar panels fitted to another 70 of their properties providing an additional capacity of 1.6 MW. The company already has 113 of their hotels fitted with solar panels so this is a big increase.

We are sure that you will agree, it is pleasing to see such a large business show commitment to lowering their carbon emissions and utilizing more renewable energy here in the UK.

It is being forecast that Premier Inns should have reduced their carbon emissions
by up to 50% by 2025. It will be interesting to monitor how successful Premier Inns is at lowering such omissions and we wish them every success in this respect. It is also being forecast that the company could lower carbon emissions by anything up to 88% by the time 2050 comes along.

In recent years, there have been many major companies that have invested in solar panels. You may have come across one or more of them when you have been out and about. For instance, Sainsbury’s’ Supermarket has invested in solar photovoltaic panels in recent years. There will no doubt be other large businesses that take on board the installation of solar panels here in the UK and we will continue to keep you informed about other interesting solar power projects.

If you are considering having solar panels fitted to either your home or business premises or indeed to both then why not let us put you in touch with a number of respected, experienced solar panel businesses who can meet to discuss your individual requirements and provide tailor made quotations for your perusal and consideration.

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Solar Power Car Port Being Built By Bentley Motors

Many of you will be aware that Bentley Motors manufacture luxury cars here in the UK to exacting standards. Well, the company has recently started to build a very big solar powered car port for its colleagues to park their cars under.

Apparently, the car port is going to be the biggest of its kind in the UK that is covered with solar panels. In fact, there will be in the region of 10,000 solar panels installed. The solar panels will have a capacity of in the region of 2.7 MW.

The car port is being built at the company’s factory in Crewe. Bentley Motors is already a supporter of solar power as back in 2013 it had over 20,000 solar panels fitted to some of its roofs. Apparently, the amount of energy produced once this latest project is completed would be capable of providing sufficient electricity for in excess of 1,750 homes. It is also estimated that this new installation could lower carbon emissions by as much as 3,300 tonnes.

We are sure that you will agree that the above sort of solar power project is to be welcomed here in the UK. It would be great to see a lot more of them as such schemes will go some way towards helping the UK achieve its targets for lowering carbon emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy over a period of time.

There are many interesting uses of solar panels and we have previously mentioned a number of them. For instance, a small solar panel has been inserted onto a ruck-sack that could be used by the likes of a walker to help charge up a mobile phone that could be used to call emergency services in the event of getting into difficulty. We will continue to keep you updated about any other interesting solar power projects that come to our attention.

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Large Solar Panel Plant For Mexico

Readers will be interested to hear that a huge solar panel plant has been inaugurated in Mexico that, when completed, will be the largest in the Americas. The plant was inaugurated by Enel Green Power Mexico on the 22nd March 2018. This business is the biggest operator of renewable energy in Mexico.

The solar power plant will be capable of producing in excess of 1,700 GWh of electricity over a 12 month period once the plant is fully built during the last 6 months of this year. There will be a staggering 2.3 million solar panels in situ covering around 2,400 hectares.

The 754 MW solar power facility is 41% operational so great strides have been made in its construction.

We have previously written about a number of other large solar power projects in various parts of the world. Such schemes will make a considerable difference to the amount of energy produced using solar power in many countries around the world. It is schemes like the above one that will no doubt make significant inroads into the success of renewable energy and in particular solar power in the coming years. Such schemes will also no doubt assist in the reduction of carbon emissions thus helping improve the environment in which we all live.

It is no secret that countries have been set challenging targets as far as renewable energy is concerned including reducing carbon emissions. To help achieve such targets this will no doubt involve countries having solar panels fitted to both residential homes as well as commercial premises in towns, cities and villages as well as many solar farms being constructed.

Here at Solar Panels UK, we are pleased to inform you that we will continue to keep our readers updated about any interesting solar power projects that we hear about both in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

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Solar Power When It Rains

It is believed that more energy is generated by solar panels when the sun is shining as the sun’s rays help produce electricity than when the skies are clouded over making it a dull day or when it is dark. Therefore, wouldn’t it be lovely if the amount of electricity generated in large amounts could also be produced when it is raining.

Well, whilst it may be some time before commercial production takes place, researchers at a university in China believe that they may have come up with s potential solution in this respect.

Researchers at Soochow University in China have produced a solar panel that uses TENG technology. This sort of technology incorporates a couple of extra layers on top of the solar panel. When rain falls and the drops roll off the solar panel covered layers the friction helps generate electricity.

Apparently, it may take a few years before this technology is at a level that can be made commercially available. We are sure that you will agree it would be good news if this technology did become available at a price that makes it affordable to the majority of consumers. In this respect, it will be interesting as to what those people who have already had solar panels installed do. For instance, could it be possible to adapt existing solar photovoltaic panels to include such technology or, if they do want to use it, would that mean having new solar panels installed and, if so, would it be cost effective to go down this route.

Obviously, we will continue to keep our readers who have an interest in solar panels up to date with any developments in respect of the above or indeed any other interesting inventions relating to solar power. Over the years we have reported on some interesting uses of solar panels such as panels being fitted to backpacks used by walkers who have used the solar power to charge up their mobile phones.

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Slow Growth In UK Solar Panel Installations

Figures for the deployment of solar photovoltaic panel installations here in the UK published by the Government indicate slow growth but at least there continues to be take up of solar power. It has to be said that we do not see a huge number of installations on the roofs of houses in comparison to what we were seeing 3 or 4 years ago.

Figures as at January 2018 indicate that there have been 939,872 installations here in the UK on a cumulative basis. The total capacity of these installation amounted to 12,799.6 Mw on a cumulative basis.

It is interesting that 46% of solar capacity is from larger installations of more than 5Mw with 20% coming from smaller installations with a capacity of 1Mw to 4Mw. The latter figure, in the main, will no doubt relate to solar panel installations on the roofs of residential properties. This just goes to show how much reliance there is on solar panels being fitted to the likes of commercial premises such as supermarket roofs and the number of solar farms that have been built in the UK in recent years.

It would be great to hear about more commercial solar panel developments being installed as they could make quite a difference to how the UK performs overall with regard to the installation of solar panels. There certainly appears to be less public interest in solar panels when compared with 3 or 4 years ago with one of the factors affecting that no doubt being the changes made to the Feed-In Tariff scheme with that scheme proving of a lower financial benefit to home and business owners.

It will be interesting to see if the Government decides to do more to help boost the interest from the public in solar power. The more solar panel installation then the greater the reduction in carbon emissions both here in the UK and in other countries around the world which is something we want to see.

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Solar Panel Installations In Australia Break Record

Whilst the number of solar panels being installed in the UK has been floundering in the last couple of years or so this has certainly not been the case in Australia. In fact, quite the opposite as a record was broken in 2017.

Last year there was 1,057 megawatts of solar power installed. This means that there were in the region of 3.5 million solar panels fitted in 2017. That is in excess of 9,500 solar photovoltaic panels being fitted every day – a huge number.

When comparing the figures with 2016 there was a rise of 41%. Again, this is a large increase.

Solar power is certainly proving to be a popular source of renewable energy in Australia and is being taken up by many homeowners and business owners who are having solar panels fitted to their roofs in large numbers as, of course, the above figures confirm. These solar panel installations will no doubt help Australia reduce its carbon emissions that is something that countries around the world are tasked with doing.

It will be interesting to see if we see an upturn in the number of solar panels being installed here in the UK. The days seem to have long gone when we could drive around a local housing estate and notice that there had been a number of new rooftop installations of solar panels. Nowadays, such installations certainly appear to be few and far between.

It would appear that something needs to be done to encourage more homes and businesses to have solar panels fitted here in the UK. Unfortunately, the downturn in solar panel installations has no doubt resulted in a considerable number of people loosing their jobs within this industry.

Here at Solar Panels UK, we will continue to keep our readers up to date with any significant developments relating to solar power and any interesting stories.

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Solar Power For Irish Theme Park

You may be interested to read that Tayto Park that is the only theme park in the Republic of Ireland is to benefit from a solar farm that has recently had conditional planning approval granted to be built. In the region of 120,000 solar panels are to be put up close to the theme park with some of the power it generates being used towards providing solar energy to the park.

Tayto Park is both a theme park and zoo and attracts many visitors in a year. The park has a number of rides that can be enjoyed by people of all ages as well as a zoo where a number of animals including some farm animals, mammals and birds can be viewed.

The planned solar farm sounds like it is going to be a considerable size and it is costing in the region of £20 million to be built.

There is no doubt that solar farms like the one above will make a considerable difference when it comes to helping countries around the world achieve their renewable energy targets in the coming years. Such farms should also help lower carbon emissions around the world.

Of course, there are often objections from local residents about the erection of ground mounted solar panels on a solar farm. However, it is often possible to build such a development without causing concern from people living in the locality if it is possible to install the solar photovoltaic panels in such a way that they are not visible to people going past the solar farm. If this can be achieved then less people are likely to raise an objection about a solar farm being built.

It is going to be interesting to see if other theme parks in the likes of the UK decide to make greater use of solar energy in the coming months and years. We will continue to keep you advised about interesting projects.

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Possible World First Announced By Australian University

You may be interested to read that the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has recently announced the signing of an agreement with Origin Energy and Maoneng Australia for the offsite supply of solar power to the university. It is hoped that the university will derive all its energy needs from solar power by 2020 and that it believes it will be the first university in the world to be carbon neutral for all its energy from such a source.

The agreement will mean that the university will be deriving all its energy from the Maoneng’s Sunraysia Solar Farm. It is forecast that it will buy as much as 124,000 megawatts of renewable energy every year.

Many Australians certainly seem to be keen to take up solar panel installations, as it is believed that the first month of 2018 saw more solar panel installations on rooftops in the country than any previous January. Of course, Australia is renowned for its sunshine and therefore there may well be a number of people who feel that it would be beneficial to maximize the sunshine by having solar panels fitted.

Here in the UK, there do not appear to be as many home owners having solar panels fitted to their roofs as there were two or three years ago. It will be interesting to see what happens in this respect for the remainder of 2018.

Here at Solar Panels UK we will continue to keep our readers up to date with any interesting solar power projects that come to our attention throughout 2018 and beyond. Over the years, we have commented on many interesting solar panel uses such as on the back of rucksacks to enable walkers to charge up their mobile phones, solar panels on public car ports that can be used to help charge up cars, solar panel road surfaces and solar panels on ambulances

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USA To Impose Tariffs on Solar Panel Imports

Donald Trump is obviously keen to protect businesses in the USA in respect of the likes of trade and jobs. In an effort to do so with regard to the solar industry it is expected that tariffs are to be introduced relating to solar modules and solar cells.

It is expected that there will be an increase in the tariff on solar modules and solar cells to 30% during year one. In year four this is expected to drop to 15%. Having said that, every year, 2.5 GW of solar cells that have been imported will be allowed into the USA without any tariff being charged.

Unfortunately, this decision will not go down well with the likes of China that has a reputation for exporting large volumes of solar panels and solar cells to other countries around the world. This includes the United States of America.

In the last couple of years or so, as previously mentioned in earlier posts, there has been conflict between the USA and China over the import of the likes of solar panels into the USA. A number of the major solar panel manufacturers in the USA have been concerned about the competition from the likes of China.

It will be interesting to observe what sort of discussions take place between the likes of the USA and China in the coming weeks/months about the intended tariffs being imposed on solar modules and solar cells being imported into the USA.

The import of solar products into the USA has no doubt resulted in tighter margins being imposed by manufacturers in the USA on such products. This could have and may lead to job losses in that country which no doubt has a knock on effect in the country as a whole. As always, we will continue to keep our many readers up to date with the above situation.

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China Builds Solar Panelled Stretch Of Roadway

As many of you will be aware, China is a major manufacturer of solar panels with many being exported to a variety of countries around the world. It is also no doubt keen to lower carbon emissions to improve the air quality in its towns and cities.

China has recently completed the laying of around 2 kilometres of solar panelled highway in the Eastern partQ of the country. It has been constructed by Qilu Transportation Development Group. This sounds like a particularly interesting project as it has involved the laying of concrete that is transparent on the top surface of this particular stretch of road network. Below that the solar panels have been fitted and below them is another layer that provides insulation against the ground that can no doubt be wet.

Apparently, the road surface is capable of allowing medium sized vans to drive over it as well as cars. The solar panels will be helping to generate electricity that can be used by the city that is close to this stretch of highway – Jinan. Another benefit is that the road surface could be heated up with the benefit that any snow and ice would melt and make it safer for motorists to use it in wintry conditions.

It will be interesting to see how successful this project is at generating renewable energy by using solar panels in this way. There will no doubt be a number of other countries that closely monitor the situation and some may decide to follow suit and build similar road systems. Of course, China is not alone in doing this sort of thing as we have previously written about a solar panel surfaced road system in France.

Are we ever likely to see say a stretch of the MI, M6 or M25 motorways with solar panels installed on the surface of a major road here in the UK? Who knows but if we do we shall keep you updated.

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