Griff Rhys Jones objects to Tattingstone solar farm plan

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Comedian Griff Rhys Jones said building a £25m solar farm near his Suffolk home would be a "folly" that would ruin the landscape, according to the BBC.

Hive Energy wants to build a 43,000-panel farm at Tattingstone, near Ipswich.

Mr Rhys Jones said he feared a "gigantic change of use to farmland".

Europe on verge of trade war with China over cheap solar panels

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Europe is gearing up for a fresh trade war with China with plans to impose a levy on billions of pounds worth of imports of cheap solar panels, says Emily Gosden.

The European Commission has proposed a tough 47pc “anti-dumping” tariff to penalise the imports, it emerged on Wednesday.

The move would benefit European manufacturers, who allege their Chinese rivals - whose panels are as much as 45pc cheaper - are unfairly subsidised by Beijing.

Chinese solar panel production quadrupled between 2009 and 2011, exceeding global demand, and EU manufacturers say China has now captured 80pc of the European market.

However, action against the Chinese imports is fiercely opposed by European solar panel installation companies which have thrived on the cheap supply and claim that hundreds of thousands of jobs could be at risk.

Free smart home energy software

Free Smart Home Energy Software

According to GreenWise, the UK’s largest independent domestic energy company First Utility said on the 19th June 2012 that it was rolling out new smart grid software to all its customers to help them reduce their energy bills.

The unique new home energy management service, called my:energy, will help customers alter unsustainable domestic energy usage by enabling them to compare their energy usage against that of their neighbours.

AlertMe team up with British Gas

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AlertMe, the Smart Home technology company, announced on the 22 May 2012 that it has secured the contract to provide a Personalised Energy Efficiency Advice Service to British Gas customers in the UK who have new smart meters. The free service is being trialled with up to 10,000 homes during the summer and rolled out widely from the autumn.

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Solar photovoltaics ROI now up to 12.5%

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People seem to have been put off solar PV by all the media hype about the reductions to the feed-in tariffs, but the irony is that, despite the fiasco, returns are now just as good (if not better!) than they were at this time last year.

The four major solar trade associations have today come together for the first time to try and counteract the negative press and explain the current opportunities, which are significant. Where else can you get 12% return on your money, TAX free with the added benefit of saving CO2?