- In the UK, the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been announced. The RHI is the UK government’s flagship scheme to incentivize the growth of renewable heat.Tariffs of: 7.3p/kWh for Air/Water Heat Pumps, 12.2p/kWh for biomass, 18.8p/kWh for Ground-Source Heat Pumps and 19.2p/kWh for Solar Thermal, are to be paid over 7 years. In addition, hybrids (combined heat pump – boiler systems) are eligible for RHI payments, and there will be a metering bonus. According to market analysts Delta-ee this could be a catalyst for significant market growth, with the tariff levels providing paybacks for some technologies of less than 5 years.
- President Obama has tapped Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn (Ret.) as the
Navy’s assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment. McGinn comes over from the American Council on Renewable Energy, where he was president and chief executive.
- As part of the Academia de Profesionales Solares de las Americas (APSA) program, Solar Energy International will be providing three webinars to APSA students as well as decision makers, media, businesses, and those generally interested in the subjects of solar electricity and renewable energy in Central America and Mexico. All three webinars will be presented in Spanish and will be recorded for future viewing.
- Non-profit farmland and sustainable agriculture training organization,”World Hunger Relief,” celebrated a brand new solar array donated by the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. The solar panels are installed on top of a new pavilion, providing solar energy to the organization’s operations and shade to its patrons. The Sun Club is a program enabling Green Mountain Energy Company’s residential customers and employees to donate solar power to non-profits like World Hunger Relief.