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Author: Marc Eglon

Marc Eglon

PV cells that generate power at night?

One of the biggest challenges of solar is balancing load using storage to deliver power when the sun isn’t shining. But what if we could run PV cells in reverse and generate electricity at night? Turns out we can.

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Fiona McRae

IR35 Changes 2020 – Guidance for Contractors

The UK’s IR35 legislation ensures that contractors pay the same Tax and National Insurance contributions as an equivalent employee. New IR35 changes will be implemented in April 2020 for private sector contractors that will transfer responsibility from contractors to large and medium companies to assess IR35. The 2020 reform will bring private sector IR35 in line with the public sector, where the reform was implemented in 2017.

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Vicki Buchan

120,000 jobs by 2030 – building value through people

‘People’ are a company’s most valuable asset.  So, it is good news that the ‘human resource’ supply chain is beginning to attract the same level of attention as other supply chains within the renewables industry. Building a successful and exportable green energy sector relies just as heavily on developing a highly skilled workforce than it

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Marc Eglon

Record US renewables investment: $55.5B in 2019

Despite a conservative start to 2019, the US hit a record $55.5bn in renewable energy investments in 2019, eclipsing 2018. The figure is the result of a late-2019 surge in offshore wind financing as the Production Tax Credit winds down in 2020.

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Vicki Buchan

Taylor Hopkinson awarded CarbonNeutral® flights certification

We are delighted to have been awarded CarbonNeutral® flights certification from Natural Capital Partners. This certification verifies that we have successfully offset a total footprint of 140 tonnes of carbon emissions associated with our 2019 business-related air travel, through the use of high quality carbon credits that meet the requirements of The CarbonNeutral Protocol. The

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Marc Eglon

Blackrock embraces sustainability

Laurence D Fink, CEO of Blackrock – the world’s largest asset manager with almost $7 trillion invested – announced that the company will divest from investments that ‘present a high sustainability-related risk’.

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Vicki Buchan

Promotions at Taylor Hopkinson

We are delighted to announce four internal promotions at Taylor Hopkinson following a successful 2019.  Fiona McRae – Chief Operating OfficerFiona is one of our longest-standing team members, and this well-deserved promotion from Operations Director to COO comes as she celebrates 10 years with Taylor Hopkinson, having joined in 2010 as employee number two. Fiona

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Vicki Buchan

Charting climate change: 7 graphs that tell the story

The BBC will launch a year of special coverage on the subject of climate change, called the ‘Our Climate Matters project’ presented via global digital, TV and radio channels.  Climate change is set to cause major changes across the world. To help us visualise problem, the BBC has produced seven interactive charts that highlight the following

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Vicki Buchan

Wassup?! A Budweiser Solar Farm?

Yes, that’s right. AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer is partnering with German renewable energy developer BayWa r.e. in a move to produce all of its beer using renewable energy. In what is said to be the largest Pan-European corporate solar power deal in history, it will cover AB InBev’s 14 breweries in Western Europe,

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Vicki Buchan

Top 8 U.S. Sustainability Stories From 2019

2019 was the year where stories on the global climate crisis became the ‘norm’ rather than simply an occasional focus piece. Andrew Winston’s review of sustainability developments in 2019 highlight the significant shift in awareness of the global climate crisis, and its effect on business, politics, communities and human behaviour.  The climate protest movement explodesGreta

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Marc Eglon

Vicki Buchan Joins RenewableUK Shadow Board

Vicki Buchan, Head of Marketing at Taylor Hopkinson, has been selected for a new RenewableUK shadow board. Vicki is one of 8 women and 3 men to join the shadow board, designed to provide a more diverse range of views on key issues to the organisation’s main Board.

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Vicki Buchan

When the sun and stars align

Solar PV again dominated total renewable and power capacity additions last year and will continue to be an essential renewables option in the coming decades. Los Angeles has a tremendous energy requirement and is making strides in promoting innovative ways to establish a market for this technology to fully harness the power of the sun.

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Marc Eglon

Women in Wind- Conference Diversity Guide

The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program published a guide of ‘Best Practices for Gender Diversity at Industry Events’ to support member associations in mainstreaming gender diversity across their events to empower and showcase female leadership in the wind energy sector.

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Marc Eglon

SPR adding solar PV to Wind Farms in UK and Ireland

ScottishPower Renewables, a subsidiary of Iberdrola, plans to construct solar projects across their onshore wind sites throughout the UK and Ireland. Adding solar PV and battery storage seeks to maximise the generation potential for every renewables project the company develops.

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Marc Eglon

Offshore Wind Turbine Training Facility Opens in Blyth

The Port of Blyth in northeast England has opened a £1m wind turbine training facility for offshore wind technicians. The facility features a dedicated training centre with a Vestas V47 wind turbine and a duplicate nacelle that allows safer technical training at ground level.

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