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5 years on and the futures bright for BRE National Solar Centre

In 2013, Greg Barker, the then Minister State for Energy and Climate Change officially opened the BRE National Solar Centre, the UK solar industry was flourishing with approximately 8,800 new PV systems being installed every month adding over 1.1GW of capacity within the year. A...
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09 May 2018

FlexiSolar to install UK’s largest solar carport system for Bentley Motors

FlexiSolar, the innovative solar carport specialist based near Cambridge, has started construction of a large scale commercial carport at Bentley Motors’ manufacturing headquarters in Crewe, Cheshire. In a six-month project due to complete in September 2018, FlexiSolar will...
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11 Apr 2018

Solar, energy storage, and electric vehicles – joining up the clean technologies

A few eyebrows were raised when in 2015 the Renewable Energy Association (REA) launched its representation of the energy storage sector, and again in 2017 when it did the same for electric vehicles. “What does this have to do with renewables?” Is a question we have...
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Solar assurance the BRE way

Next week at the Solar PV Summit, BRE will be launching a certification scheme for large scale solar – an area of the UK solar market that is not currently regulated for installation quality. The certification scheme will provide an ongoing impartial assessment of solar PV...
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BRE solar on commercial roofs guide to launch at the Solar PV Summit

Solar on commercial roofs has always lagged behind the domestic rooftop market. Currently, less than 5% of UK solar installations are on commercial roofs, compared to approximately 94% of systems installed on homes[1].  Commercial properties have large, generally unused roofs,...
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29 Mar 2016

Driving safety and performance for photovoltaic systems

We caught up with Steve Pester, Principal Consultant from the BRE National Solar Centre to find out how work funded by the BRE Trust is helping improve safety and performance of photovoltaic systems. The research found that minor components installed incorrectly can lead to poor...
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How do you know if your solar PV system is performing well?

This is a question that we get asked regularly at the NSC and a surprisingly high percentage of owners either do not check, or have any way of knowing, how their solar PV system is performing. The majority of system owners invest in solar PV for financial reasons and...
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NSC helps secure planning for solar farms on old colliery sites

The NSC have been supporting APSE Energy and assisting a number of their member local authorities through the development stages of large scale solar projects, providing technical expertise for planning and grid connection applications. Three sites, with a cumulative capacity of...
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03 Feb 2016

Energy management – back to basics

The control of energy in buildings is generally poor, despite the availability of a range of tried and tested systems incorporating both mature and innovative technologies. Building controls are designed to provide a comfortable climate for building occupants while ensuring this...
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BRE provides consumer guidance on solar storage

The BRE National Solar Centre launched a consumer guide for solar storage systems to compliment the technical guide for installers, that was also released today. Written in collaboration with Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC), the new guide aims to provide information on the...
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