ON THE face of it, this humble pint of John Smith’s appears to be nothing out of the ordinary – but behind its frothy top and golden hue, it tells a story of traditional business marking out a new legacy of sustainability. For this is the 30 millionth pint of beer to be “brewed by the sun” in Yorkshire, at Heineken’s solar powered brewery in Tadcaster – the biggest in the UK. In 2014, the company invested £1m in 4,000 solar panels that were placed on the rooftops of the brewery and bottling plant, which has been in the North Yorkshire town since 1178.
Yorkshire Post 3rd June 2016 read more »
As the world hits ever-increasing records for heat and CO2 concentrations, sometimes it’s good to look at the bright side. In May, for the first time ever, solar produced more electricity than coal in the United Kingdom. During last month, coal generation fell to zero on several days — possibly the first time that has happened since the country introduced widespread electrification in the late 1800s, according to analysis from Carbon Brief, a U.K.-based energy tracker.
Climate Progress 8th June 2016 read more »
Scottish homes equipped with solar panels received enough energy from the sun in May to meet all of their electricity needs, a study suggests. The analysis, produced by WWF Scotland and taken from data compiled by WeatherEnergy, is based on Met Office figures which show Scotland enjoyed an average of 211 hours of sunshine last month, more than a quarter more than May averages and regarded as an “anomaly” from long-term trends. To study suggests to date, more than 40,000 homes and 850 business premises currently have solar PV arrays fitted. The study estimates homes fitted with solar panels in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Inverness would have generated more than 100 per cent of their electricity or hot water needs in May, based on average annual consumption rates of 4,435 kWh.
Daily Record 8th June 2016 read more »
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