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Everything homeowners need to know about the domestic RHI

Save and earn with biomass boilersWondering how the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) works? This article is designed to give homeowners an overview of the main things they need to know – if you want to read about the RHI in all its glory, visit the Ofgem website.

What is the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)?

The domestic RHI scheme is a government-led, long-term environmental programme designed to encourage homeowners to generate heat from renewable sources, by providing a generous tax-free financial incentive for every kilowatt of ‘green’ heat generated, every year for 7 years. The scheme will help the UK meet EU targets to reduce carbon emissions and secure the future of Britain’s energy supply. Read more…

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Lime-Circle loves… Open Farm Sunday, 8 June 2014

Qualified wood fuelled boiler installers for farms and growersIt’s only a couple of months until hundreds of British farms all over the UK open their gates to the public for the day – and if you’ve never been, you’ve missed a treat.

I was lucky enough to grow up as part of the farming community – everyone should get the chance to see for themselves the hard work that goes into putting food on the supermarket shelves. Many of the farms put on special activities – things like guided tours, trailer rides, meet the animals and special activities for children – and also give an insight into the routine tasks that make up daily life for a farmer.
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Bale, pellet or multi-fuel? The different types of biomass boiler explained…

Commercial biomass boiler installation, NottinghamWe’re often asked to explain the difference between different types of biomass boilers, so we thought we’d take the time to explain a bit more here. There are three main types of biomass boiler: bale, pellet and multi-fuel, and as the names suggest, the difference lies in the type of solid fuel burned.

All three will cut your fuel costs compared to oil or LPG. And assuming the system is optimally designed to meet current RHI criteria, they’ll all earn you 8.6p per kilowatt of heat generated, which can add up to thousands of pounds every year, for 20 years. But which one’s best for you?

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Helping dairy farmers meet Arla’s sustainable supplier targets with biomass

Arla’s commitment to sustainable agriculture is admirable – 70% of the raw materials sourced in Denmark and Sweden meet The Arla Farm standard for sustainability – and they’re now putting the environmental practices of their UK supply chain under closer scrutiny. 

As part of their commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of member farms by 30% by 2020, they’re holding non-compulsory workshops and free carbon footprint assessments for their member farms. Alongside a firm emphasis on maximising the yield of a healthy, robust herd to help minimise greenhouse gas production, there’s also a focus on renewable energy sources. Read more…

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Everything businesses need to know about the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

Save money with renewable energy“What’s the commercial RHI – and how does it work?” This is easily one of the most frequently asked questions from our customers, so we thought we’d tackle it in more detail here – if you want to read about it in all its glory, check out the Ofgem website.

What is the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)?

The RHI scheme is a government-led, long-term environmental programme designed to encourage individuals and businesses to generate heat from renewable sources, by providing a generous financial incentive for every kilowatt of ‘green’ heat generated. Eligible installations will receive often sizeable tax-free payments every year for 20 years, to help the government meet EU targets to reduce carbon emissions and secure the future of Britain’s energy supply. Read more…

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Farm manager earning from ETA ‘smart’ boiler

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As more and more farmers are getting in touch to talk about installing a biomass boiler on their farm, we thought we’d flag up a couple of recent installations to let farmers know about the kind of  services we provide to the agricultural sector.

In late 2013 we installed an ETA Hack 130 smart boiler at Hawton Farm in Nottinghamshire under the instruction of Farm Manager Mark Pykett. Read more…

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“We would recommend Lime-Circle to anyone,” say Chartway Industrial Services

Chartway Industrial ServicesWe know. It’s not terribly British to bang our own drum. But if we don’t, who will…?! We’re delighted with the feedback we got from Chartway Industrial Services following the installation of two 36kw biomass boilers to replace their inefficient – and ruinously expensive! – old boiler and roof slung gas heaters. 

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50% tariff cuts start dash for solar panels

The government announced today that they are more than halving the Feed-in-Tariff for solar PV systems installed and certified after December 12 2011. Systems installed after this deadline will only receive 21p for every unit of electricity generated, rather than the current 43.3p. This extends the payback period of a system to up to 25 years and obviously makes installing a solar photovoltaic system in your home much less financially attractive. The Renewable Energy Association suggests that this move could leave 25,000 in the solar industry out of work.

As solar panel installations only make up a proportion of our work, we’re confident Lime Circle can ride this storm, but we do feel for companies that rely solely on solar PV work, and their clients who have paid a deposit but won’t see their system installed in time. This is a savage blow to the UK’s developing renewable energy industry, and a dark day indeed for the so-called greenest government ever.

 If you are looking for a solar PV installer in the Nottingham area who can fit a system ahead of the December 12 deadline, we do have some installation slots available but they’re going fast – get in touch to arrange a survey and reserve your solar PV installation slot today.

 Read more – The Daily Mail

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Lime Circle loves… TEDTalks

TED describe themselves as a non-profit whose reason for being is to promote ‘ideas worth spreading’. Their online video Talks are inspirational – famous speakers like Jamie Oliver, Tim Berners Lee, J J Abrams, Douglas Adams and Bono sit alongside the world’s leading Technology, Entertainment and Design experts to deliver theories and views on the world that really make you think. You can lose hours on the website though – be warned…

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Greg Barker addresses the UK solar industry

We were waiting for him to announce the expected reductions to the Feed-In-Tariff, but no… Not yet. He’s teasing us. But the Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change did reveal that, from April 2012, homes wishing to benefit from the FIT scheme will have to meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. This does make sense, but I wonder how it will affect business for solar PV installers like us?

Read more – Solar Power Portal

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