Until very recently, integrating renewable energy technologies into buildings has been a ‘nice to have’ addition, the main barriers being capital costs, competiveness with fossil fuel energy and scepticism. However, recent evidence shows that these barriers either no longer exist or will soon become invalid.
- The cost of photovoltaics has plummeted to 70% below 2010 prices (pre-Feed In Tariff)
- In the first quarter of 2016, UK renewables’ share of electricity generation (hydro, wind and other renewables) was 25.1% and rising
- 21st April 2017 was the first day since the Industrial Revolution that the UK has not used any coal for energy generation
- Even hard nosed investors now consider that renewables are competitive with conventional fossil fuel energy, becoming cheaper in the near future (see topdocumentaryfilms.com/breakthrough-renewable-energy)
The Green Register is holding a conference in Bristol on 7th December 2017 which will bring together a host of experts in the field to discuss:
- Local and national renewable energy policy
- The current and future state of the UK energy mix – what a 100% renewable UK would look like
- Cost comparisons and financial benefits
- Technological innovation in solar, wind and biomass
- Breakthroughs in battery storage for buildings
- Case studies with integrated renewables
There will also be an open-to-the public renewable energy exhibition and an electric vehicle will be on display.
For further details see The Renewables Revolution – A Good News Conference.