After proposing to slash the FIT rate by more than 80%, DECC decided that the rate for domestic solar installations is 4.39p/KWh from 8 February - a reduction of 63%. The same rate applies for all projects up to 10kW and the existing export rate of 4.85p/kWh remains.
Another change is the prerequisite for a minimum EPC rating of 'D' before the system is installed in order to be eligible for the Feed-in Tariff, i.e. the system itself cannot be used to improve the EPC rating retrospectively as it could before.
Our response aims to improve the rail service in Winchester district to encourage people to travel by train instead of road. Read our response.
Can you make something wonderful from waste this half term?
Get designing and join the Re: Design challenge. Your winning design could end up in an exhibition or on the cat walk during Winchester Fashion Week. Make sure you get your entry in by 11 March.
Please support Sparsholt College's planning application for renewable energy at Sparsholt College. More details and a link to make it easy to send your views to the planners.
It is WinACC's view that the developers have not adequately addressed some of the sustainability aspects in conditions 5 and 11. Summary below - see our full comment
Renewable heat and power
Para 4.7 says that “an assessment of…using decentralised energy systems and renewable energy has been undertaken”, which is a requirement under Building Reg.s. Does the City Council have a copy of it? It seems unlikely to WinACC that the assessment is adequate.
The City Council decided at its meeting on Thursday 28 January 2016 to end its deal with TH Real Estate to redevelop the Silver Hill area of Winchester.
In January 2016, in the wake of the Paris Climate Conference, Winchester City Council issued a press release on local progress towards reducing carbon emissions, saying:
The outcome from the Conference was that almost 200 countries agreed that the world needs to keep global warming below 2˚C.
Cllr Frank Pearson, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, Health & Wellbeing, commented:
The WinACC/FoE meeting on 19 January looked at what happens after the historic Paris Climate Agreement in December - globally, nationally and locally. People want to influence national and local politicians, news media and people to turn our commitments into reality. Please join us and join in.
Links to 2015 commitments to Twelve Actions for a Lower Carbon Council; 2015 report Working Towards a Lower Carbon District; 2014 Route Map for a Low Carbon Economy; 2014 Community Strategy; and more ...
WinACC can help people to help their organisations to cut their carbon footprint by setting up an eco-group.