New French Law Passed: Rooftops Must Be Covered With Plants Or Solar Panels

Do you live in France? If you’re getting a new house, you might have to follow this incredible, sustainable law.

A new law that was passed that mandates that new buildings in commercial lots need to have either plants or solar panels on the roof. Having a garden on your roof sounds like a paradise, one that’s easily obtainable and should be happening all over the world. Plants create an isolating effect to help reduce the energy needed to heat or cool houses.

They also absorb rainwater to help prevent leaks, provide a home to small critters and insects and most importantly it connects us back to nature. Combining modern society with the natural world is exactly what we need to do and this is a good start.

Solar panels on the roofs of businesses is amazing because it helps reduce the amount of energy they use while creating sustainable, renewable energy instead.

Solar panels that generate power from rain?

Solar cell generates power from rain, could solve Britain’s energy needs

Solar energy panels that can also generate power from raindrops have been been designed, offering a possible solution for UK homeowners looking to invest in renewable energy.

The all-weather solar panels that can create electricity from light on sunny days and rain on cloudy days could be the perfect solution for the UK where on average it rains about 42 per cent of the year, equivalent to 33.7 inches of rainfall.

Currently solar panels generate the most energy on clear, sunny days, and produce 10 to 25 per cent less electricity on cloudy ones. Designed by researchers in China, the all-weather panels work in both.

In countries such as the UK, where sunny days are limited in number, the all-weather solar cells will be a viable renewable energy option.

ScottishPower customers in line for compensation after £18m Ofgem fine

About 100,000 ScottishPower customers are in line for £150 compensation payments after the energy supplier was fined £18m by regulator Ofgem for poor service.

Ofgem said it had levied the penalty – the third biggest it has ever imposed on an energy company – because ScottishPower had failed to treat customers fairly due to problems with call handling, complaints resolution and billing

Up to £15m of the penalty is to be paid to vulnerable ScottishPower customers that were affected by the poor service, with the remainder going to charity.

It is understood that about 100,000 customers could be in line for the compensation payments, worth up to £150 each.

Ofgem said ScottishPower’s customer service had now improved significantly and that the company had already paid out £30m in compensation to affected customers.

Dermot Nolan, Ofgem chief executive said: “Scottish Power let its customers down during the implementation of a new IT system. When things went wrong, it didn’t act quickly enough to fix them. This created frustration and worry for many customers, who also wasted a lot of time trying to contact the supplier by phone.

“The £18m payment sends a strong message to all energy companies about the importance of treating consumers well at all times, including while new systems are put in place.”

Story reference: telegraph.co.uk

Solar power sets new British record by beating coal for a day

The sun provided British homes and businesses with more power than coal-fired power stations for 24 hours last weekend.

While solar power has previously beaten coal for electricity generation over a few hours in the UK, Saturday was the first time this happened for a full day.

Analysts said the symbolic milestone showed how dramatic coal’s decline had been due to carbon taxes, as solar had “exploded” across the UK in recent years.

Solar power installations have surged in the UK over the past two years, driven by incentives and falling costs. The industry says there is now 12GW of electricity-generating capacity, out of the UK’s total capacity of 80-90GW.

The energy secretary, Amber Rudd, said in a major policy announcement last year the UK would phase out coal power by 2025, but both Atherton and Carbon Brief said it was clear that result was already in train well before Rudd made her pledge.

Story reference: guardian.com