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Installations of solar


photovoltaics have rocketed since FITs arrived in April this year


Big changes The government is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 34 per cent by 2020, and by a massive 80 per cent by 2050. In the building services sector, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive includes a target to make all homes zero carbon by 2016 and all buildings by 2019. Clearly, the government hopes that FITs (see box on page 21) and the RHI will accelerate take-up of renewable energy technologies. The UK target is to source 15 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. The figure currently stands at around seven per cent. There is no doubt that the arrival of FITs in April 2010


has had a huge impact. Figures up to the end of October 2010 show that there have been more than 20,000 domestic solar PV installations qualifying for FITs. This is a massive opportunity for electrical contractors. ‘FITs have been fantastic for solar PV,’ comments Paul Reeve, head


ECA/ELECSA Renewables Roadshow


Want to find out more about renewables but not sure where to start? You are in luck because the ECA/ELECSA Renewables Roadshow will be pulling in to a location near you. ECA and ELECSA have joined forces to bring new technologies and new


opportunities to you and your customers. Speakers will bring you up to speed on a variety of renewable and energy efficiency technologies, including:


n energy management building control n smart home control solutions n integration of multiple renewable technologies n air source heat pump with tank-in-tank storage n solar thermal and advanced web accessible controls n solar thermal integration with high efficiency boiler and control system n ground source heat pump with low-temperature heat distribution systems n commercial and domestic photovoltaic and inverter installations n software solutions for estimating performance of renewable technologies n wind turbine and inverter installation.


The ECA/ELECSA trailer pitched up at the recent Elex tradeshow and early November saw a week of events at Edmundson Electrical premises in Bedford, Luton, Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds and Norwich.


The trailer will next be travelling around the ECA regions. Contact your ECA regional manager for more information.


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ECA Today Winter 2010


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