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At Morespace Building we believe renewable technology is of key importance in our fight as a nation to reduce our emissions and heating bills. Many European countries are already reaping the benefits, financially and environmentally, of using sustainable energy to heat their homes and work places. We now stock some of the best European equipment so that the UK can start benefiting from this proven and efficient technology.

Renewables are energy forms which are essentially inexhaustible, unlike fossil fuel resources which are finite. It’s energy from any source that is naturally replenished when used. Often referred to as ‘renewables’, ‘green energy’, ‘micro generation’ or ‘sustainable energy’, the main types of renewable energy are:

  • Hydropower – generated by using electricity generators to extract energy from moving water.
  • Solar Power – energy derived from the sun, utilising solar radiation.
  • Wind Power – the conversion of wind energy into a useful form, for such as wind turbines to make electricity, windmills for mechanical power and wind pumps for pumping water or drainage,
  • Geothermal Power – power extracted from heat stored in the earth.
  • Biomass – biological material from living, or recently living organisms, such as wood, waste, (hydrogen) gas, and alcohol fuels. Biomass is commonly plant matter grown to generate electricity or produce heat.

 

Why Do We Need Renewables?

 

The earth’s fossil fuel supplies (oil, gas, coal) are limited and are being depleted over time. As this process continues, remaining reserves will become increasingly difficult to access. It is also a widely held belief that the gases released when fossil fuels are burned to produce energy are contributing towards changes in our climate and rises in global temperatures.
It’s now clear that man-made greenhouse gases are causing climate change. The rate of change which began as significant, has become alarming and is simply unsustainable in the long-term. It’s a problem we all share, because every single country will be affected. Together, today, we must take action to adapt to it and stop it — or, at least slow it down.

Renewable energy is our future…

 

Over 40% of current Co2 emissions are caused by the choices we make as individuals. To help tackle climate change everyone needs to try to reduce their carbon footprint. There are many simple ways you can do this – from switching off electrical appliances when they are not in use to insulating your home properly and simply walking instead of driving one short trip a week. By increasing our use of renewable energy (as well as our energy conservation efforts), we are acting sustainably and helping to protect our environment.

 

IMPORTANT FACTS

  • Even across relatively small areas like the UK, climate change is expected to cause marked regional differences in temperature and rainfall by the end of the 21st century.

  • In central England, temperatures have increased by 1oC. since the 1970’s.

  • Total summer rainfall has decreased in most parts of the UK.

  • Sea-surface temperature around the UK has risen by about 0.7o C. over the past three decades.

  • The UK has experienced 9 of the 10 warmest years on record since 1990.

  • Sea levels around the UK have risen 10 cm. since 1900.

  • UK geography and climate provide enormous potential for the development of renewable energy sources. Despite a relatively low level of available sunshine hours, solar panels can still work effectively as they are capable of producing hot water and electricity even in cloudy weather.

  • UK Co2 reduction targets require that 15% of all energy is to be generated from a renewable source by 2020 (for Scotland it’s even more – 17%).

  • The UK Government goal for renewable energy production is to produce 20%of electricity in the UK by the year 2020. The 2002 Energy Review set a target of 10% to be in place by 2010/2011. The target was increased to 15% by 2015 and most recently the 2006 Energy Review set a further target of 20% by 2020. For Scotland, the Scottish Executive has a target of generating 17% to 18% of electricity from renewables by 2010, rising to 40% by 2020.

The Government has introduced FITs (Feed-In-Tariff scheme), which guarantees owners of the installed system payments for up to 20 years (to improve the market and make renewable technology a more attractive option). FITs for PV (photovoltaic) is designed so that where power is produced and used on-site, there are three benefits for consumers –

  1. Save money on the electricity that would have otherwise been purchased.

  2. Receive for 20 years the generation tariff, paid whether the power is used on site or exported to the grid.

  3. Receive the export tariff for power generated and not used on site

  • From Summer 2013 the UK Government is planning to introduce new measures as part of the RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive).

MAIN REASONS TO INVEST IN RENEWABLE ENERGY

  • Become more energy self-sufficient and substantially reduce your running costs

  • Enhance the value & market appeal of your property

  • Receive an income from the electricity or heat you generate using renewable energy

  • Harness nature’s energy and reduce your carbon footprint

  • Improve your indoor climate with the latest renewable heating technology