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SOLARUPDATE


SOLAR CAMPAIGNERS HAND OVER PETITION TO NO. 10


Campaigners fighting to protect the solar sector and the FiT scheme hand- delivered a letter signed by over 200 prominent organisations and a 17,000-strong petition to Downing Street.


The letter and petition was delivered by REA Chief Executive Gaynor Hartnell, STA Chairman Howard Johns, Friends of the Earth Head of Campaigns Andrew Pendleton, Solarcentury Chairman Jeremy Leggett, and a group of cross-party MPs. The letter and accompanying petition call on David Cameron to step in and safeguard the solar industry from the recent proposed cuts to the feed-in tariff which campaigners believe will jeopardise the fledgling solar industry.


Gaynor Hartnell, Chief Executive of the REA, said: “We are calling on Cameron and Clegg to intervene to ensure a future for solar power beyond April 1, 2012. An impressive array of select committee chairs, regional politicians, academics, leading environmentalists, NGOs and trades union leaders have joined us in this call. The cost of solar is falling so dramatically that in about five years’ time it should cost no more to generate one’s own solar power than to buy it from an electricity supply company. To get there we need commitment and stability, not boom and bust.”


The letter has been signed by over 200 prominent people and organisations, including Jonathon Porritt, Tony Juniper,


RUSH TO REGISTER CRASHES DATABASE


The MCS installation database buckled under the pressure of installers rushing to register systems before the December 12th deadline, when the axe fell on the 43.3p/ kWh feed-in tariff rate, cutting it by more than half, down to 21.0p/kWh.


Users reported problems with logging into the database and registering systems early on December 7. The collapse of the platform proved a major concern for installers who were rushing to install and register systems within the six-week time period given by the Government, between the announcement of the cuts and their implementation.


MCS acknowledged the problems faced by installers trying to access the database. The high levels of traffic caused a problem and MCS apologised to those affected. It is not known at present how many registrations, if any were affected.


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Frances O’Grady (Deputy General Secretary of the TUC) and Tom Paul (Director of construction giant Kingspan).


Howard Johns, Chair of STA and


spokesman for the Cut Don’t Kill Campaign said: “This is not just about a vital high-tech industry fighting for its survival. This is a grassroots call to Cameron and Clegg to let people continue to drive the green energy revolution through solar. Our message to Clegg and Cameron is that the solar industry makes economic, social and environmental sense. Destroying it makes no sense at all.”


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DIARY DATES


Included in the CAB (Council for Aluminium in Buildings) mini- conference to take place on 23 February 2012 at Marriott Hollins Hall, Bradford and the nearby Salts Mill, will be the hot topic of Building Information Modelling (BIM).


The annual CAB (Council for Aluminium in Buildings) Technical Conference will take place on 17th May 2012, at Hollywell Park at Loughborough University for the first time.


The venue offers a spacious environment with state of the art lecture theatre and exhibition area and has created a further opportunity for CAB to enhance its events format.


After the Conference, which will cover a number of highly topical technical issues in the sector, delegates will have the


opportunity to bring together Regional contacts throughout the supply chain from Academics, Architects, Consultants, Regional Main Contractors as well as manufacturers and suppliers.


For more details of both events: call 01453 828851 or email Julie.harley@c-a-b.org.uk


‘State of the art lecture theatre and exhibition area.’


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