JPCS celebrates 805kw of ground mounted solar installations and welcomes RHI

National renewable energy contractor JPCS is celebrating the completion of a 6 week programme to construct just under a substantial 1MWp worth of ground mounted solar photovoltaic installations across the UK, ahead of reductions in the Government’s Feed-In-Tariff scheme.

Peter Shone, managing director at JPCS said:

“Throughout November and December, JPCS completed an extensive UK-wide renewables programme, totalling just under 1MWp worth of ground mounted solar photovoltaic installations using our innovative ground mounting solution, Groundscrew. The programme was incredibly successful, thanks to our dedicated, expert team of skilled operatives. We are now looking forward to continuing to play a part in the solar installation programme as a low carbon energy installer, to add to the renewables groundwork already undertaken this year.”

The company’s renewable energy team has also welcomed the launch of the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in November, a scheme which aims to subsidise renewable heat production generated from a range of technologies and fuel uses. The RHI will provide long-term financial support for a number of renewable technologies supported under the RHI including solid and gaseous biomass, solar thermal, ground and water source heat-pumps, on-site biogas, deep geothermal, renewable CHP, and energy from waste and injection of biomethane into the grid.

According to the DECC, the production of heat accounts for approximately half of the UK’s carbon emissions. The first phase will be targeted at businesses across the industrial, commercial, not-for-profit, community and public sectors, who are the largest heat users, contributing 38 percent of the UK’s carbon emissions. Applications for non-domestic installations will follow in 2012.

Funded from general government spending, the RHI is designed to drive take up of renewable heating technologies through heat tariff payments, for example up to 7.9p per kWh for biomass boilers, 8.5p per kWh for solar thermal and up to 4.5p per kWh for heat pumps. Payments will be issued on a quarterly basis for heat generated over 20 years. Up to 126,000 renewable heat installations across the industrial, commercial and public sectors are expected by 2020, potentially creating up to 500,000 jobs in the renewables industry.

Peter added:

“The RHI will bring significant benefits, not only in terms of environmental improvement but also in relation to community and economic sustainability, both fundamental to JPCS’ culture and operations. Particularly since the recent cuts in Feed-in-Tariffs, we welcome the launch of the scheme and the fact that the government is still investing in the industry and placing renewable technologies high on the agenda.”

Ofgem, the Gas and Electricity Market Authority is administering the RHI including dealing with applications, accrediting installations, making incentive payments to recipients, and monitoring compliance with the rules and conditions of the scheme.