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Yorkshire and the Humber Microgeneration Partnership - YHMP

The Yorkshire and Humber Microgeneration Partnership is a unique association of over 150 of the main companies and organisations involved in the microgeneration industry in our region.

We provide a combination of free, impartial advice, MCS accredited expert installers and quality products to enable you to benefit from the new Feed in Tariffs; which will allow you to benefit from renewable energy by reducing your fuel bills, lowering your carbon emissions, and generating an income from your home.

Whether you’re interested in electricity or heat generation for your home, business or community, the Yorkshire and Humber Microgeneration Partnership is the only organisation that represents the full range of local installers, manufacturers and advocates of microgeneration across the Yorkshire and Humber region.
Working in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust, the Government backed body encouraging everyone to live a low carbon lifestyle, the Yorkshire and Humber Microgeneration Partnership is the first choice for renewable, microgeneration and low carbon technology in the Yorkshire and Humber.

Our website provides free information about microgeneration, helping you to choose the technology that is right for you as well as providing the details of MCS accredited installers who are all committed to upholding the standards of the partnership.

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News

Domestic RHI delayed yet again. 26-03-2013 | Domestic RHI delayed yet again.

Launch of Domestic RHI put back until Spring 2014. more...
Modest cuts to solar feed-in tariffs confirmed 07-03-2013 | Modest cuts to solar feed-in tariffs confirmed

Ofgem announced the new rates for solar feed-in tariffs that will run from 1 May to 1 July, confirming that under the government's recently launched degression mechanism incentives for installations with less than 50kW of capacity will remain at current levels. However, incentives for installations with over 50kW of capacity will all face cuts of 3.5 per cent, curbing financial returns for companies installing mid-sized arrays.

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Requirements for MCS installers to become Green Deal Authorised 05-03-2013 | Requirements for MCS installers to become Green Deal Authorised

MCS has launched a new standard which outlines the requirements for MCS installer companies who also wish to install microgeneration measures under the Green Deal. The standard is MCS 023 : “Additional Requirements for MCS Installers to become Green Deal Authorised”. more...
DECC unveils updated non-domestic RHI scheme 28-02-2013 | DECC unveils updated non-domestic RHI scheme

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced updates to the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme following a consultation in July 2012. In addition to the updates, DECC has also set out a long-term plan to ensure the scheme for commercial, industrial and community organisations remains financially sustainable.
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What the updated MCS PV guide means for installers 21-02-2013 | What the updated MCS PV guide means for installers

Early February saw the official unveiling of the long-awaited third revision to the Guide to the Installation of Photovoltaic Systems. After a three-month transitional period, use of the new guide's requirements will become mandatory for the MCS scheme. Below is a brief summary of the most significant changes being introduced in the updated guide.

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54% hike in household electricity  bills by 2020 17-01-2013 | 54% hike in household electricity bills by 2020

A new report published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows that electricity bills for UK consumers have risen more than 70% since 2005, and will rise a further 54% by 2020 - surely the perfect time to invest in renewable energy! more...
In brief: Updated Renewable Energy Roadmap boosts UK green confidence 15-01-2013 | In brief: Updated Renewable Energy Roadmap boosts UK green confidence

The updated UK Renewable Energy Roadmap delivered a welcome boost for the solar industry after it was named as a key technology in the UK’s quest to meet its binding environmental targets.
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Which? survey reveals feed-in tariff payment woes 09-01-2013 | Which? survey reveals feed-in tariff payment woes

More than a third of solar panel owners have experienced problems in getting their feed-in tariff payments in a timely fashion according to a new survey by Which? the consumer watchdog.
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New FIT benefits for Schools and Community Energy Projects 09-01-2013 | New FIT benefits for Schools and Community Energy Projects

New benefits for community organisations and education providers were introduced from 1 December 2012, and Ofgem have released a new guidance document for community energy groups and schools.
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Health and Safety Executive Safety Notice: Pellet Storage 27-11-2012 | Health and Safety Executive Safety Notice: Pellet Storage

The Health and Safety Executive have recently published a safety notice relating to the storage of wood pellets and the risk of death from carbon monoxide. more...
New funding for renewable energy projects - Rural Community Renewable Energy Fund 27-11-2012 | New funding for renewable energy projects - Rural Community Renewable Energy Fund

Defra, the Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will be launching a Rural Community Renewable Energy Fund to provide loans to rural communities to help them undertake the initial development work for renewable energy schemes.
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Energy Savings Trust: Larger, cheaper solar delivers increased savings 22-11-2012 | Energy Savings Trust: Larger, cheaper solar delivers increased savings

The average combined savings and income from households with solar PV in the UK has increased by nearly £100 since last May according to new data published by the Energy Saving Trust (EST).
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21,000 Panels Create a Solar Park in Sunny Yorkshire 25-10-2012 | 21,000 Panels Create a Solar Park in Sunny Yorkshire

Environmentalists have welcomed plans to create a 5MW solar farm in East Riding which could power as many as 1,400 homes. Developers say the farm will be barely visible from the roadside, and sheep will graze in the solar park to keep the grass down more...
FiT rate changes in November and December 25-10-2012 | FiT rate changes in November and December

FiT rates for PV will be reduced again on the 1st November. FiT rates for most non-PV technologies will be reduced on the 1st December. more...
REA: Role of renewables in increasing energy bills greatly exaggerated 25-10-2012 | REA: Role of renewables in increasing energy bills greatly exaggerated

Data published by the REA shows renewable energy subsidies are not to blame for energy bill rises - only £4 out of the £200 price increase seen by householders in the last two years can be attributed to support for renewable energy more...
DECC announces £125 million Green Deal cash back offer 23-10-2012 | DECC announces £125 million Green Deal cash back offer

Homeowners will be able to get up to £1,000 Cashback for undertaking Green Deal measures including insulating their house and installing energy efficient double glazing. However renewable energy technologies are not included in the Cashback offer as they are already subsidised to a higher value through the FiT, RHPP and forthcoming RHI for Domestic properties

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Good News for Renewable Energy in Yorkshire 16-10-2012 | Good News for Renewable Energy in Yorkshire

The Yorkshire and Humber Microgeneration Partnership welcomes a new era as it launches as a Community Interest Company and nine Directors are elected with the combined aim of driving forward the regional renewable energy sector.
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Tropo install solar PV system at Maplins Electronics store 13-09-2012 | Tropo install solar PV system at Maplins Electronics store

Partnership member Tropo's latest installation to deliver 19.82 tonnes of CO2 savings per annum more...
One in three farmers will invest in renewables in the next two years 13-09-2012 | One in three farmers will invest in renewables in the next two years

A new study released by Barclays has found that one third of British farmers are planning on investing in renewables in the next two years. An overwhelming majority of farmers (82 percent) considering investing in renewables cited concerns over rising energy costs as their primary motivator for implementing renewables.

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November FiT rates for solar PV revealed 29-08-2012 | November FiT rates for solar PV revealed

Figures published by Ofgem reveal that the FiT rate for both 0-10kW and 10-50kW bands will be reduced by 3.5 percent on November more...
Solar performance database promises power boost 29-08-2012 | Solar performance database promises power boost

Partnership member Solar Farm at the University Sheffield invites businesses and households to check solar panel performance using free MicroGen Database
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Pre-registration for FiT projects is coming. 29-08-2012 | Pre-registration for FiT projects is coming.

The ability to pre-register FiT scale projects before they are fully operational is a major new development that DECC have introduced. Effectively this allows project owners that have secured planning consent and a grid connection for their site to pre-register the project to receive the FiT tariff that is currently available. Summary provided by GreenEnergyNet.com more...
Bradford NHS Trust installs 50kW PV array 28-08-2012 | Bradford NHS Trust installs 50kW PV array

The two-part project saw a 38kWp installation comprising 158 Hyundai panels and a further 10kWp installation made up of 40 panels. The combined installation will enable the hospital trust to save more than 22,000kg in C02 emissions annually and reduce its electricity bill by almost £3,000 a year.
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Partnership member  A Shade Greener has signed a £50 million supply deal with one of the world’s largest producers of solar panels. 23-08-2012 | Partnership member A Shade Greener has signed a £50 million supply deal with one of the world’s largest producers of solar panels.

Tankersley-based A Shade Greener lays claim to being the UK’s leading installer of free solar panels, employs more than 600 people, most of them in South Yorkshire, and reckons to have saved 11,000 homeowners £4.5 million on their electricity bills.
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Work begins on York Social Homes solar scheme 12-07-2012 | Work begins on York Social Homes solar scheme

Nearly 800 City of York Council homes will be fitted with free solar arrays as Partnership member Nationwide Solar and Empower Community and have begun fitting the first homes with solar. The scheme had previously been held up by reviews into the rate of feed-in tariff solar installations receive, however, the 780 house scheme has been green-lit, with all installations to be fitted prior to the recently-announced August FiT rate degression.

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Feed-in tariff payments top £128m over two years 10-07-2012 | Feed-in tariff payments top £128m over two years

Small renewable energy systems have received just over £128m in payments under the feed-in tariff subsidy scheme since its launch in April 2010, according to new figures. The latest quarterly newsletter from regulator Ofgem, released yesterday, reveals a total of 248,010 renewable installations had been registered for feed-in tariffs by the end of March this year, equating to just over 1GW of new capacity.
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Duncan Renewables Powers Great Yorkshire Show 05-07-2012 | Duncan Renewables Powers Great Yorkshire Show

Partnership member Duncan Renewables has installed a 245kW solar PV array at The Great Yorkshire Showground. With an expected electricity generation of more than 200,000 kWh per annum (enough power for 50 houses for one year) the Yorkshire Agricultural Society is looking forward to benefiting from free electricity and a saving of approximately £15,000 per annum. more...
Partnership members UTN Training and Ploughcroft Renewables have joined forces to open the first Green Deal-ready training centre 05-07-2012 | Partnership members UTN Training and Ploughcroft Renewables have joined forces to open the first Green Deal-ready training centre

The purpose-built training centre based in Wakefield will provide the most comprehensive range of Green Deal and renewable energy installation courses in the UK, as well as health and safety courses, for anyone involved in the construction sector.
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Renewable technologies to be included in the Green Deal 14-06-2012 | Renewable technologies to be included in the Green Deal

DECC announce that eight renewable technologies will be included in the Green Deal and ECO - but FITs and RHI payments will not be considered under the 'Golden Rule'. more...
Changes to the MCS Scheme 14-06-2012 | Changes to the MCS Scheme

In early June MCS launched a new consultation into the competence criteria used by the scheme. This project and subsequent consultation has been undertaken to clarify the competence requirements at a company level for companies already within the Scheme and for those companies wishing to join the Scheme. more...
Partnership member Eclipse Solar scores major sports sponsorship 13-06-2012 | Partnership member Eclipse Solar scores major sports sponsorship

Partnership member Eclipse Solar has signed a major advertising deal that will see the company’s message displayed across the pitch side LED boards during Rugby Super League games on Sky Sports, Fox Sports, and the BBC.
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DECC downgrades RHI budget for 2012/13 and announces cost control measures 13-06-2012 | DECC downgrades RHI budget for 2012/13 and announces cost control measures

DECC reduces year 1 RHI budget from £133m to £70m, and announces one week period of notice for scheme suspension when 97% of the budget is spent. more...
Yorkshire tops UK’s £6.9 billion renewable investment league 12-06-2012 | Yorkshire tops UK’s £6.9 billion renewable investment league

Yorkshire has topped the UK renewable investment league for the period between April 1, 2011 to 31 March 2012. The UK’s largest county invested almost two billion pounds in renewable energy, creating over 5,400 jobs in the process. Included in the list published by DECC are investments in Partnership members A Shade Greener and Oakapple Renewables Ltd totaling £40m
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DECC announce new FiT rates for solar PV 24-05-2012 | DECC announce new FiT rates for solar PV

New FiT rates for solar PV announced by DECC, to come into affect on the 1st August more...
July 1st cut to Solar FiT rate could be delayed 17-05-2012 | July 1st cut to Solar FiT rate could be delayed

Imminent cuts to solar incentives could be delayed after the government allegedly missed a parliamentary deadline to confirm the next wave of reductions to the popular feed-in tariff scheme.
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Cancellation of Renewable Energy Yorkshire 15-05-2012 | Cancellation of Renewable Energy Yorkshire

It is with much sadness that we have to announce that Renewable Energy Yorkshire 2012 has been cancelled. This is due to the unprecedented financial pressure and uncertainty currently facing the renewable energy sector, and our subsequent failure to find sponsorship for the event.
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Renewable Heat Premium Payment - £10m for Social Housing 15-05-2012 | Renewable Heat Premium Payment - £10m for Social Housing

DECC is pleased to announce the launch of a scheme for social landlords to compete for funding to install renewable heat on Monday 28th May in London. The competition is part of phase 2 of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme and will be run by the Energy Saving Trust.

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Planning permission no longer required for non-domestic solar installations 10-04-2012 | Planning permission no longer required for non-domestic solar installations

In news that will make life easier for many solar installers, since April 6 this year planning permission is no-longer required to install solar PV or solar thermal on non-domestic buildings.
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Tropo seal ground heat system housing deal 15-03-2012 | Tropo seal ground heat system housing deal

Partnership member Tropo has won a contract to install a system using ground source heat pumps to run central heating and hot water systems for homes in North Yorkshire, owned by Yorkshire Housing.
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Summary of DECC’s proposed changes to the solar FiT 17-02-2012 | Summary of DECC’s proposed changes to the solar FiT

On the 9th February DECC announced a raft of measures intended to improve the feed-in tariff framework and secure the long-term future of the scheme.
Below is a summary of all the changes announced last week that will directly affect the solar feed-in tariff rate and the manner it operates.
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Leeds Church goes green 17-02-2012 | Leeds Church goes green

With the help of Partnership members Phoenix Works St John’s Church in Farsley, Leeds, is tackling green issues head on, creating their own electricity with solar panels. more...
Breaking news - Government loses crucial solar appeal 25-01-2012 | Breaking news - Government loses crucial solar appeal

Judges reject government's appeal but ministers could still go to Supreme Court. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has today (25th January 2011) lost its appeal against a High Court ruling which branded its plans to rush through cuts to solar subsidies as illegal.


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An update on the Feed in Tariff rate for Solar PV 19-01-2012 | An update on the Feed in Tariff rate for Solar PV

The Court of Appeal sat on Friday 13th January to hear DECC’s appeal against the High Court ruling of the 21st December 2011 that its FiTs review was unlawful. The judges failed to reach a decision so we will not know whether DECC will be granted an appeal until the end of this week at the earliest. more...
The Energy Saving Trust have announced an update on uptake of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme 19-01-2012 | The Energy Saving Trust have announced an update on uptake of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme

Just over £3 million worth of vouchers have been granted, leaving nine million pounds of the original twelve set aside for domestic houses. more...
The Committed to Construction in West Yorkshire Awards (CCIWY 12) 19-01-2012 | The Committed to Construction in West Yorkshire Awards (CCIWY 12)

Partnership member Frank Haslam Milan Ltd are encouraging their fellow members of the Yorkshire and Humber Microgeneration Partnership to submit their eligible projects to the Committed to Construction in West Yorkshire Awards (CCIWY 12) hosted by The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
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Partnership member Dodds Solar to create 20 jobs in 2012 19-01-2012 | Partnership member Dodds Solar to create 20 jobs in 2012

Partnership member Dodds Solar, one of the North’s fastest growing solar PV specialists, is to create more than 20 new jobs this year. The recession bucking move will mark the largest and most important recruitment campaign in the company’s 17 year history. A number of opportunities are available immediately as the firm continues to grow, largely on the back of the solar PV boom.
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Planning Permission Granted for Kelham Island Water Wheel 18-01-2012 | Planning Permission Granted for Kelham Island Water Wheel

Sheffield’s Kelham Island Hydro project was granted planning permission on the 17th January. The scheme has been developed by Partnership member Sheffield Renewables . more...
Heat Pump installation by Partnership member Earthtest Energy is the first to be successfully registered for the Renewable Heat Incentive 12-01-2012 | Heat Pump installation by Partnership member Earthtest Energy is the first to be successfully registered for the Renewable Heat Incentive

DECC recently announced the first two successful applicants to the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) scheme – and both were installed in Yorkshire and the Humber!
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UTN Renewables has funding for free training 12-01-2012 | UTN Renewables has funding for free training

Partnership member UTN Renewables is proud to announce that they have received funding for FREE TRAINING for the unemployed and those who have been made redundant or are on notice.
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Harrogate Grammar School goes Solar 04-01-2012 | Harrogate Grammar School goes Solar

Partnership member Clean Energy (Yorkshire) has completed its biggest contract to date with a renewable energy installation at a 1,800 student secondary school.

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Domestic Air Source Heat Pumps and Wind Turbines to become Permitted developments 18-10-2011 | Domestic Air Source Heat Pumps and Wind Turbines to become Permitted developments

As of the 1 December 2011 wind turbines and air source heat pumps will be permitted in terms of planning under amendments to the Permitted Development rules (England only). Up until recently it was only solar PV, solar thermal, biomass boilers and ground source heat pumps that were permitted.
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ENERGY SAVING TRUST TRIAL SHOWS THE WAY TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SOLAR SYSTEM 13-10-2011 | ENERGY SAVING TRUST TRIAL SHOWS THE WAY TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SOLAR SYSTEM

- Biggest ever study of solar water heating systems in UK shows range of performance: properly installed systems can provide 60% of home’s hot water needs; examples as low as 9%; Median at 88 sites of 39%

- Key performance factors identified as water volume, insulation and heat levels required more...
The Energy Saving Trust have announced an update on uptake of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme 12-09-2011 | The Energy Saving Trust have announced an update on uptake of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme

Just over £1 million worth of vouchers have been granted, leaving eleven million pounds of the original twelve set aside for domestic houses. Applications for the £3million pot for social housing projects close on Thursday. more...
MIS 3005 improved 12-09-2011 | MIS 3005 improved

The guidelines governing how heat pumps are supplied, designed and installed have been tightened in a bid to improve the performance of the systems. more...
The Sheffield Solar Success 12-09-2011 | The Sheffield Solar Success

Sheffield shines out as the soar-away winner of the solar stakes in the UK, with more solar power generation added in the city per household than in any other British city, according to a league table published on Monday. more...
RHPP for Socail Housing 15-08-2011 | RHPP for Socail Housing

A £3 million scheme has been launched to help install eco-heaters in the homes of social housing tenants. more...
DECC GIVES MONEY OFF GREEN HEATERS 21-07-2011 | DECC GIVES MONEY OFF GREEN HEATERS

The Government’s new £15 million ‘Renewable Heat Premium Payment’ scheme – which will open for applications on 1st August this year until March next year - will support up to 25,000 installations.

The scheme will be mainly focused at around 4 million households in Great Britain not heated by mains gas, who have to rely on higher carbon forms of heating which also tend to be more expensive than gas, such as heating oil and electric fires to keep warm. more...
Yorkshire’s “Clean Energy” Supports Region’s Agricultural Industry 20-07-2011 | Yorkshire’s “Clean Energy” Supports Region’s Agricultural Industry

The agricultural industry is incredibly important to the economy of the Yorkshire region. It is also going to become increasingly important in helping the Government achieve its carbon reduction obligation.

In addition to rearing animals and harvesting crops, famers can also supplement their income by harvesting the energy from the sun’s rays. more...