• April 9, 2014 - Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Released - Solar Thermal has got the great government funding through the Domestic RHI which it deserves! Solartwin Solar Thermal panels have just become not only a cost cutting and very green option to heat your water but now you will receive additional... More →
  • November 6, 2013 - Notice to Solartwin customers - Letter's from Stenfield & Co - A number of Solar Twin Ltd customers have been in touch this week to query a letter they have received from legal firm Stenfield & Co. - The content relates to Solar Twin Ltd's liquidation, and claims that customers "undoubtedly paid more than... More →
  • July 12, 2013 - Renewable Heat Incentive Updated - Solar Thermal to have Heavy Support - The Government have today released the Renewable Heat Incentive: The first step to transforming the way we heat our homes. If you are looking to buy a SolarTwin System contact Genfit. "the scheme will be open to anyone in these groups who installed... More →
  • May 27, 2013 - DECC announce they are doubling the RHPP grant for solar thermal from £300 to £600 - Solar Thermal Panels Receive Huge Renewable Heat Premium Payment - Solar Thermal has received a huge boost, it's a great time to buy a Solartwin Product. - Greg Barker tweeted about the scheme - - Big uplift for #RHPP Vouchers to put a shot in the... More →
  • February 14, 2013 - Solartwin DIY reviews - SolarTwin Reviews from Reviewcentre - "Review Centre is a community of real people, just like you, sharing their product and service experiences. - Our community of reviewers are a passionate bunch who want to help you discover what's right for... More →
  • January 17, 2013 - Crackdown on aggresive solar selling - YouGen, a leading consumer body serving the renewable and energy efficiency sectors, is calling for a change in the law after a review by the Office of Fair Trading revealed unscrupulous selling tactics by solar and other energy efficiency... More →

UK solar panels grants and subsidies and more: latest solar news and announcements.

April 4, 2012

There has been a feast of solar news recently in UK, so you might be interested to nibble some nuggets. Householders get 21p Solar PV (electric) Feed in Tariff Grant for 25 years (but only if installed in 12 weeks). After months of legal uncertainty, clarity. Read more. Householders get £300 upfront cash subsidy for […]

£300 Renewable Heat Premium Payment CONTINUES for solar water heaters.

March 27, 2012

£300 per solar heating installation subsidy, RHPP, has been extended to 2013. Perilously near to its expected close date of 1 April, the UK government’s department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that it is extending its undersubscribed Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme. It is the same old thing with the same […]

“Zero Carbon Homes” in national ASA ban. UK Builders, Estate Agents, MP’s, Architects: take note.

March 26, 2012

The UK Advertising Standards Authority are a zealous bunch*. Why? Because saying, in any marketing context, Zero Carbon Homes, Zero Carbon Schools, Zero Carbon Offices is now BANNED in UK. The ASA have ruled that NOTHING which is manufactured can ever claim to be zero carbon. Today Britain is the ONLY country in the whole […]

Solar and sustainability “to-do list” for the forthcoming UK solar budget on Wednesday 21 March 2012.

March 8, 2012

Solar news: UK-made solar panel supplier, Solar Twin Ltd, writes open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the March 2012 budget. Dear Chancellor of the Exchequer, Here are ten green budget challenges for your greenest government ever. 1/ Rebalance UK’s solar panel market. End the appalling imbalance in the solar panel market, one […]

UK solar thermal subsidy ideas: how to turn a revamped RHPP into a success!

March 6, 2012

UK solar news: 6 March 2012. Solar Twin Ltd call for a bigger, better, greener solar thermal upfront cash subsidy. We understand that the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have just held an industry discussion about the forthcoming closure (on 1 April 2012) of the Renewable Heat Payment Premium (RHPP) scheme which […]

Celebrated UK solar innovator Filsol Solar Ltd ceased trading on leap-day 2012.

March 1, 2012

British Solar Technology Innovators, Filsol Solar Ltd, Ceased Trading on 29 February 2012 Filsol Solar Ltd will be wound up after 33 years of innovating and trading in solar. At the time of writing (1300H 1/3/2012) the Filsol website is still up but phones are not being answered. All we know so far is: Finance: […]

Financial Wisdom = Buying Solar In UK Before April Fools’ Day…

February 29, 2012

UK’s solar gold rush number two in 2012 is starting. 1 April is UK’s new solar subsidy change date. UK government’s handling of recently solar subsidy changes is no less than clunky: consequently people think that buying solar (both solar thermal and solar PV) before 1 April is a good idea because: Solar thermal loses […]

Solartwin submits Freedom of Information request about commercial sponsorship of “independent” solar research.

February 23, 2012

Following publication of a year long performance monitoring report on solar water heating in UK homes, Solar Twin Ltd had expected its authors, the “independent and impartial” Energy Saving Trust (EST) to come out clearly and state that “a typical mains pumped solar water heating systems negates X percent of its carbon saving, by being […]

Ding! Round 3 of UK government’s solar PV FIT legality fisticuffs starts.

February 21, 2012

Breaking UK solar news: yawn… Right up against tomorrow’s deadline, DECC HAS confirmed that it WILL appeal the FIT legality decision made against it in the High Court. The impact of this on us may be up to a year of delay before we actually know whether it is 43p or 21p from 12 Dec […]

Solartwin exposes yet another Legionella safety cover-up by old solar heating interests.

February 9, 2012

UK solar thermal industry cover up of possible Legionnaire’s disease infection risk in twin coil solar cylinders, via Summitskills’ National Occupational Standards document, is about to be cleverly implemented via MCS adoption, who are DECC’s gateway to RHI and RHPP solar grants for hot water solar water heating systems. I am not supposed to tell […]

DECC publishes plans for conditional solar PV FITs after 1 April.

Breaking solar news UK: The outcome of the (still legally-challenged) solar PV FIT consultation was published today, 9 Feb 2012. DECC PV FIT cuts: PRESS release web page. DECC PV FIT cuts: MAIN document pdf. Key points for domestic PV FIT customers are: 21p per kWh domestic solar PV FiT from 1 April confirmed, with […]

Solar News: Parliamentary Questions asked about Renewable Heat Premium Payment and Solar Thermal.

February 7, 2012

Stephen Mosley, MP for Chester, who takes a strong interest in energy policy matters, has submitted two Parliamentary Questions to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC): 1/ What plans does the Secretary of State have to support Solar Thermal Energy?. 2/ What plans does the Secretary of State have for the Domestic Renewable […]

Solar News 25 Jan 2012. New Solar Gold Rush as UK Government Loses Second PV FIT Cuts Case.

January 25, 2012

Solar PV FIT cuts news UK 25 January 2012. 43.3p Solar PV FIT looks increasingly likely for a brief manic “use it or lose it” 5 week window. Barrister Edmund Robb is confident that the Supreme Court will refuse the DECC’s second appeal and has said so publicly. This would mean the full 43.3p solar […]

UK Solar PV FIT Cuts: Appeal Court Judges Deliver Decision Wednesday 25 January.

January 22, 2012

Shivers are shaking UK’s once sunshiney solar industry. Increasingly, tweeters are opining that 21p (rather than a reversion to 43.3p) is better for everyone because it will prevent a gold rush and excessive depletion of a limited subsidy budget. Anyway’ here’s our take on the story: On Wednesday January 25, Some time after 10 am, […]

UK’s DECC confirm “plan B” if they lose their solar PV FIT subsidy court case.

January 19, 2012

UK solar PV FIT cut plan B strategy: More Solar Subsidy Clarity for UK Solar Photovoltaic Panels Consumers! Phew… Legal summary: DECC has announced that it will be laying before Parliament some draft licence modifications which, subject to the Parliamentary process set out in the Energy Act 2008, make provision for a the new rates […]

ASA “Zero Carbon Solar” ban. We request Independent Review.

UK Solar Marketing News: 19 January 2012. Following December’s ASA decision to ban us from saying “Zero Carbon Solar”, Solar Twin Ltd have requested an Independent Review, following up on some earlier expressions of concern, they have today published a summary of their concerns here. 1/ Complaint Identity. Having only been supplied with an assurance […]

Six GREAT reasons to order solar PV panels this week.

January 16, 2012

Solar news UK: Six good reasons to order solar PV this week.   Yes, this is a naked pitch for solar PV panel business. What, if anything you wear while reading this is up to you… 1/ Guaranteed 21p minimum feed in tariff. In response to industry, the government have just clarified that there is […]

Solar News 13 Jan 2011: UK Solar PV FITs Court Case Update. We Take The Wrappers OFF!

January 13, 2012

Solar PV FIT legal case UK update 13/1/2012. Looking at the assorted news stories, another period of waiting is due for the UK solar PV industry. Here is a collation of information culled from various sources. Many thanks for solar twitterers for bringing them all to my attention. Solar PV FIT needs review. Who is […]

What MCS needs to do…

January 10, 2012

Solar news 10 January 2012: Will UK’s old solar crummy old MCS regulations be changed soon? UK solar consumers need to know that influential members of the “traditionally-built” old solar-heating lunch-club have put the brakes on the UK solar thermal market for over a decade, to the detriment: of consumers themselves, (eg in areas of […]

Solar news, 6-11 Jan 2012 : UK solar PV FITS cuts fiasco unfogged.

January 6, 2012

UK Solar PV FIT cuts questions & answers. (News last updated 11 December 2011) Here’s our take on the solar PV panel FIT subsidy cuts: DECC waved a bothersome red flag. Britain’s leading solar bulls left the pack, impaling us all on DECC’s waiting sword. Q1 Has the original solar PV FIT funding pot run […]

UK Govt prepares to appeal against “unlawful” FIT cuts haste.

January 3, 2012

News: Solar PV cuts. Govt strategy is to appeal. Real strategy is to buy time. The Guardian reports that UK’s government is preparing to appeal against last month’s high court decision which described its plans for hasty cuts to solar feed in tariffs (FITs) as “legally flawed”, leaving the solar industry in chaos over the […]

Solar PV FIT Judicial Review: are the UK solar industry lemmings?

December 23, 2011

UK Solar PV FIT cuts Judicial Review. FoE UK v DECC In case you want to know about the Solar PV FIT Judicial Review by Friends of The Earth, here is our reaction. One the one hand, the fact that it has shown DECC that it needs to follow due process is welcome, because too […]

ASA ban on our Zero Carbon Strapline. Reflections after a week of hell.

December 21, 2011

ASA bans our strapline: “Zero Carbon Solar”. Dark winter solstice reflections on a week of hell. Solar news: 21 Dec 2011. To sum up, last week, on 14 December 2011, our 12 year old strapline “Zero Carbon Solar” was condemned by the UK Advertising Standards Authority as a “misleading environmental claim”. Rather than sunshine, over […]

National hurricane of vilification about the use and abuse of “Zero Carbon Solar”.

December 15, 2011

Goodbye, Zero Carbon Solar! 1999-2011. RIP aged 12. ASA decision A11-169818 responding to complaints made by ONE non-commercially linked householder. Breathe deeply and exhale. I invite you to read to the end of this (while transferring CO2 from your blood, into your alveoli and then into the atmosphere). Although, as constant innovators, we are very […]

ASA BAN our website from saying Zero Carbon Solar (after 12 years)!

December 13, 2011

Don’t say “Zero Carbon Solar” (Nor Zero Carbon Anything-else, or the ASA will damn you!) Solar News 14 December 2011: Strapline 1: Gorillas holding machine guns are not all that funny. Strapline 2: Will John Prescott’s famous “Zero Carbon Homes” aspiration also be gunned down? Solar innovator, Barry Johnston, Managing Director of Solar Twin Ltd […]

Zero Carbon Solar. Is the ASA in the slow lane?

December 8, 2011

Zero Carbon Solar? Is the ASA in the slow lane / the dark / the lodge? Choose your un-illuminated (sic) metaphor. Solar Zero Carbon Background. Even though, after the REAL Code cravenly failed to do so, UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) eventually succeeded in getting the Solar Trade Association’s Chairman, Howard Johns, and many other […]

Q: When is 21p FIT not definitely 21p FIT? A: Not for some time yet.

Watch out! The supposed 21p PV FIT subsidy is NOT set in stone… This is our comment on the status of the proposed 21p/kWh tariff for solar PV systems installed after 12 December 2011, based on some helpful membership documentation supplied by the Micropower Council. What are the main issues? Time and sums. UK Government […]

Is another solar PV orders rush expected in Q1 2012?

December 5, 2011

Is yet another solar PV orders rush expected in Q1 2012? Here is a UK solar panel grants timeline for 2012… AGAGAGAHHHHHH (The Tarzan Yodel)! Today’s sketch map of UK’s fast-evolving solar subsidy jungle, and the possibility that DECC will (again) bungle in that jungle. A shedload more of solar restrictions / added value opportunities […]

Solar PV subsidy FIT cut to maybe 21p (from 43.3p) per kWh proposed by UK Government.

October 27, 2011

UK PV FIT CUTS ANNOUNCED 31 October 2011. solar panels subsidy / support breaking news: Solar FIT CUTS NEWS Update Friday 4 November 2011. Here is the latest STA position on the FIT cuts, points with which we fully agree.   The 12th December FIt cuts implementation date is unfair – and must be delayed […]

END the UK Solar Trade Association’s unlawful boycott of Solartwin NOW!.

October 19, 2011

Solar News Black Comedy Update: 21 October 2011. The STA Chairman, “Honest Cowboy” Howard Johns, has just told us that the Solar Trade Association “refuses to accede to any of these demands”, in other words the requests which are set out below.  And, of course, that we, rather than the STA, are bringing the industry […]



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Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Released

Solar Thermal has got the great government funding through the Domestic RHI which it deserves! Solartwin Solar Thermal panels have just become not only a cost cutting and very green option to heat your water but now you will receive additional funding too! The Domestic RHI rates – Released April 2014 Ofgem have produced a […]

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Notice to Solartwin customers – Letter’s from Stenfield & Co

A number of Solar Twin Ltd customers have been in touch this week to query a letter they have received from legal firm Stenfield & Co. The content relates to Solar Twin Ltd’s liquidation, and claims that customers “undoubtedly paid more than you should have and it is highly likely that you will have been […]

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Renewable Heat Incentive Updated – Solar Thermal to have Heavy Support

The Government have today released the Renewable Heat Incentive: The first step to transforming the way we heat our homes. If you are looking to buy a SolarTwin System contact Genfit. “the scheme will be open to anyone in these groups who installed an eligible technology since 15th July 2009” so if you have a […]

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DECC announce they are doubling the RHPP grant for solar thermal from £300 to £600

Solar Thermal Panels Receive Huge Renewable Heat Premium Payment Solar Thermal has received a huge boost, it’s a great time to buy a Solartwin Product. Greg Barker tweeted about the scheme – Big uplift for #RHPP Vouchers to put a shot in the arm of the market ahead of full Domestic #RHI tinyurl.com/ktxz3o2 — Greg […]

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Solartwin DIY reviews

SolarTwin Reviews from Reviewcentre “Review Centre is a community of real people, just like you, sharing their product and service experiences. Our community of reviewers are a passionate bunch who want to help you discover what’s right for you.” (Review Centre) We are well rated on review centre, this shows the excellent product quality of […]

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