Posted by: joachim in Solar on June 16th, 2010

If you have a few solar panels on your roof that start generating electricity, what tax implications are there? If the electricity is not sold back to the grid, and only used at home, there is no tax implications. If, however, if the electricity is fed back to the grid, the recurring reveneus from the feed-in tariffs constitute an enterprise.

Posted by: joachim in Policy,Renewable Energy,Solar on June 15th, 2010

The UK recently introduced a feed-in tariff for solar electricity (and other renewable energy technologies). These tariffs apply from on to all newly installed solar generators up to 5MW.

Posted by: joachim in Renewable Energy on November 11th, 2009

Generating electricity from photovoltaics is perhaps the most expensive conversion technology. However, the attractiveness of this technology very much depends on the location (and thus the local solar irradiation) as well as the prevailing rates for electricity at the location in question. Incidentally, current demand for photovoltaics comes from not-so-sunny countries like Germany where government have introduced generous subsidy schemes.

Posted by: joachim in Companies on June 23rd, 2009

Some years ago BP embarked on a big re-branding exercise including a name change from “British Petroleum” to “BP”, which advertising tells us stands for “Beyond Petroleum”. Withi this, BP announced in 2005 to invest $8bn over 10 years into Alternative Energy, after doing a lot of research on switch energy methods.

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