This weeks ‘Jewson Poll’:
Over 250 cyclists from across the UK – Jewson staff, customers and suppliers – have completed the Tour de Jewson 2011, raising an impressive £24,000 for our ‘together’ charity partner Barnardo’s. It really was a gruelling challenge. It took over two weeks and saw the cyclists stretched to their limits, navigating through 1800-miles of some of England’s roughest terrain from Lands End to John ’O’ Groats.
We’re so proud of what we’ve achieved and we’d like to thank everyone that took part – cyclists, the support team and those that donated! Barnardo’s is a truly worthwhile cause and we look forward to continuing to work with the charity throughout the year. There are lots of charity plans in the pipeline before Christmas and after – so ask at your local branch to find out what’s going on in your area.
This weeks ‘Jewson Poll’:
The lowdown on Feed-In-Tariffs
At the end of October the Government announced that they have had to cut feed-in-tariffs. FITS have been offered to businesses and homes which create their own electricity as part of the Clean Energy Scheme since February 2010.
Up to 41.3p per kilowatt hour has been available to domestic and smaller business installations which generate their own green electricity, with more financial reward if they produce extra for the grid and a reduction in their own bill as an overall result. Business Green state the following ‘The government has confirmed it is planning to slash solar incentives by more than 50 per cent, cutting the feed-in tariffs available to domestic and small-scale business installations, from 43p per kWh to just 21p per kWh.’
When will the changes take effect?
The changes announced will affect any solar PV installation on generators registered after midnight on 11th December 2011, with the incentive rates being halved from then onwards.
The DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) state that they have reduced the tariff because ‘a rapid acceleration of PV deployment….combined with falling installed costs (by at least 30%)’ meaning that ‘returns available to new generators are higher than envisaged.’ They go on to say that this is not sustainable, and that’s why the new tariffs have been proposed.
The long and short of it is that FITS are not going away completely, but are not going to give as much money for energy as they used to! This has negative implications for businesses and the solar industry as a whole and as a result there are many expressing their opinions on blogs and adding their name to petitions.
Response to the cuts:
Yesterday clickgreen.org.uk confirmed that ‘a group of leading solar PV firms are to launch a legal challenge in an attempt to block the UK Government’s plans to reduce the Feed-in Tariff for solar PV on December 12. They argue that the sudden cut-off point is illegal and will cause damage to consumers and the industry.’
Click Green report a full response from the group of companies, which can be read here, detailing the fact that local authorities and social housing plans and projects will be directly impacted by the cut. They offer readers the chance to express their opinion by emailing their ‘save our solar’ campaign.
Build.co.uk cover the key changes and outline the Local Government Authorities take on the changes, including the impact on council finances and community projects.
What does this mean for the solar pv industry?
The changes will mean that any projects planned to install solar panels are being rushed through to try and meet the new deadline, put on hold or not going ahead at all. If you want to learn more about which projects specifically are being effected, Publicfinance.co.uk discuss the cuts here.
There is also a useful summary of what the LGA is proposing the Government do to address the problem here, which highlights the fact that if Councils do not get ‘panels up and running and signed off by Ofgem (within 6 weeks). Those who fail to meet the deadline would have the subsidy they receive over the next 25 years halved. Subsidies for social housing would be cut by 60 per cent.’
Nothing focuses the mind on a shabby kitchen or bathroom than the prospect of houseguests at Christmas, so it’s hardly surprising that at this time of year people start thinking about taking the plunge. If you’ve started getting queries, then our latest kitchen and bathroom brochures are a must have.
They cover a wide range of kitchen and bathroom styles to suit every budget and taste, so you can offer your customers greater choice. They make an ideal leave – behind and have been designed to help your customers make that final decision – and help you secure the job!
You can pick the brochures up at your local Jewson branch or view them online at www.jewson.co.uk.
We recently held an open day at our Birkenhead Branch for more than 190 builders, contractors, self-builders and DIYers. With competitions and raffles running all day, the event raised £340 for children’s charity Barnardo’s – as well as giving visitors the chance to find out more about sustainable products and building practices.
This weeks ‘Jewson Poll’:
You’d be surprised at just how many of you out there in the industry are at risk of coming into contact with asbestos – builders, plumbers, joiners, electricians – we’re talking to you all! So, the free training on asbestos – and how to handle situations where you may come into contact with it – is definitely worth looking into.
Did you know that asbestos related diseases kill more people each year than die in road accidents? This is why you and your employees need to know how to avoid these risks.
The free training, developed in partnership between the asbestos training industry and the HSE, will be available up until the 25th November so make sure you don’t miss out. The courses last between 3-4 hours and if you complete the test at the end you’ll get a certificate of attendance. There is also online awareness training.
Visit the HSE website for a list of locations where the training is taking place http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/training-pledge/index.htm
Those of you local to our Boston branch, make sure you head down there on the 15th November – anytime between 9am-5pm – for our Power Tool Fever Day. The guys from Bosch and Paslode will be on hand all day, with their latest products on show. So, if you’re looking for advice on the right tool for the job – make sure you come in and chat with the experts.
We love days like this as it’s a chance for our customers to try before they buy – and when you’re looking to invest in something you’re likely to be using day in, day out, having a proper go on it first is crucial.
Not near Boston? Don’t worry, we’ll let you know when there’s an event near you! And in the meantime our counter staff are always up to speed on the latest products and special offers – and you’ll find a huge range of power tools to purchase and for hire across all our 500 stores.