Government's New Solar Strategy targets Commercial and Community Roofs

Mar 5th 2015 -- Annette McGill

Energy Minister Greg Barker has announced plans to turn public buildings, schools, factories, and community buildings into "solar hubs".

The Minister was launching the Governments new strategy document on solar energy.  This includes a range of proposals which could make it easier for charities to install solar pv on their buildings.   

NUS to Rent Light Bulbs

Nov 9th 2013 -- Annette McGill

The National Union of Students’ (NUS) has decided to rent, not buy, the light bulbs for its new offices at Macadam House in London.  

Rather than buying the bulbs and then paying for the electricity, the NUS renting the whole package from technology giant Philips. The NUS will pay a flat rate for the energy they use and Philips will take care of the bulbs.

Ofgem warns of 'rogue' Energy Brokers

Mar 1st 2013 -- Annette McGill

The energy regulator Ofgem wants the power to protect businesses from what it calls “rogue brokers” - energy brokers that mis-sell energy deals.

Ofgem says it has found that between 14% and 17% of businesses which had used brokers were not satisfied with them.  The regulator was concerned about cold calling, high-pressure sales tactics and unprofessional behaviour from brokers.