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Technology Showcase

BECCI will bring as many new and evolving energy saving technologies as possible to one place at one time as part of their Technology Showcase event in Birmingham on the 25th of June. These technologies focus on a retrofit theme and will include, evolving insulation and airtightness products, novel coatings and materials, smart control systems, ventilation and air quality products. To name but a few.

The Showcase will develop the local supply chain by linking these innovative regional companies and installers with technology providers from around the world to bring a host of new products and services to the West Midlands. If you like to touch, try and test technology, this is the event for you.

In addition to leading regional stakeholders, key housing groups in the region will be invited to assess these developing technologies for relevance to their organisations and future investment strategies. The leading companies will get an opportunity to pitch to representatives of the housing groups.

Everyone attending the event will have the opportunity question the experts, assess the quality of the distributer/ installer team and have the opportunity to develop further commercial links.

Neil Young Technology Transfer manager from BECCI said ‘I am very excited about how much the best new ideas and technology can achieve for local people’ He went on to say ‘I am hoping that the partnerships developed as part of this programme will provide sustainable business for the companies  jobs for local people.

If you are, or know someone who is keen to take part please contact BECCI via phone on 01902 321028 or via mail at

Black Country Growth Hub

The Growth Hub provides a single point of access for businesses in the Black Country to easily access a wide range of support and expertise.

Whether you are starting a new business, looking for funding or want to achieve increased competitiveness and growth, we can help your business to unleash its potential.

The Growth Hub can open doors for your Business

Call 01902 321 272 for more information


Express & Star Green Shoots Project

Stop Press: The next round of Green Shoots is coming soon - please call to register your interest.

The Green Shoots Fund aims to help small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to create new jobs and promote growth in the region.

Register your interest now and ensure you are one of the first to find out if you qualify for the next round of Green Shoots Funding.  Further details will be released in due course.

Call 01902 321272 or email to ensure you are one of the first to hear more about this great funding opportunity.


Black Country Gold

The Black County GOLD programme offers business development support and financial assistance to small and medium size enterprises based in:
- Dudley
- Sandwell
- Walsall
- Wolverhampton

BC GOLD offers eligible businesses the opportunity to apply for grants up to £16,000 to support expansion projects that will enable the business to grow by up to 20%.

For more information click here

The S-IMPLER way to insulate solid wall homes

New research project will address lean energy efficient retrofit of 1950s solid wall homes

Working in collaboration with BRE, Carillion Energy Services and other key partners, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) is set to launch S-IMPLER, a new research and demonstration project designed to help the refurbishment sector achieve effective and economical retrofit of insulation in solid wall homes.

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The impact of solar on the UK economy

Solar has the potential to create 60 gigawatts of generation capacity by 2030, supporting 50,000 green jobs and contributing £25.5 billion to the UK economy, according to major new research released today.

The report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) – the first to quantify the impact of solar on the UK economy – estimates with the right Government support solar could be cheaper than constructing new gas within three years and could fall beneath the wholesale electricity price by 2014. It also estimates solar could cut the cost of household energy bills by £425 million by 2030.

Greater economic value than nuclear

The Solar Trade Association (STA), which represents the UK solar industry, said the report confirms that with right Government backing solar could contribute more to the UK economy than any other energy technology, including nuclear. 

The report focuses specifically on ground-mounted solar farms. When the remaining two thirds on domestic and commercial rooftops are considered, the STA estimates the benefits to the UK could be as much as three times greater.

But large-scale solar is facing an end to the Renewable Obligation (RO) subsidy two years earlier than scheduled due to a change in Government policy announced in May - something the STA says risks "busting the bubble" of solar and "holding Britain back". Four solar companies are challenging the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s decision to unilaterally end the RO for large-scale solar in the Courts.

"The potential benefits of solar for the British economy are immense. British solar is currently right at the forefront of a global wave of investment and innovation," Paul Barwell, chief executive of the Solar Trade Association, said. "However, the Government risks bursting the bubble, damaging the industry and holding Britain back, because it keeps shifting the goal posts on support for solar."

Dramatic fall in costs

British solar currently stands at five gigawatts of capacity, sufficient to power 1.5 million homes. It already supports 16,000 jobs and over 2,000 small businesses. The industry has reduced its reliance on subsidies by 65 per cent since 2010 and the STA says average UK solar farm installation is 62 per cent reliant on British components, operations and expertise.

The CEBR report, 'Solar powered growth in the UK, the macroeconomic benefits for the UK of investment in solar PV',  estimates solar farms could account for one third of total solar production by 2030 and create nearly twice as many jobs as new nuclear. 


Solar currently costs £112 per megawatt hour. The report estimates this cost could fall as low as £75 by the end of the decade, lower than the cost of offshore wind at £173 and gas (£78 currently). 


In response to the CEBR report, the STA is renewing its call on the Government to set clear RO support for the next two years and review feed in tariffs for larger roof-top solar projects, as well as give solar a bigger share of the levy control framework. 

"We believe that Government support for solar energy should come down gradually, in line with falling costs, until solar electricity is consistently the same price as the market price for electricity. Once we have reached that point – what we call solar independence – solar no longer needs any support and will, with time, bring down energy bills. But it will need stable, gradually declining, support to get there," said Barwell. 

"Significant" economic value

Industry Others in the industry joined the STA’s call on Government.

Paul Crewe, Head of Sustainability, Energy and Engineering at Sainsbury’s said: "Solar makes absolute sense for British businesses, and for the wider UK economy. Contrary to popular belief, Britain’s climate is ideal for solar. We have installed solar on the roofs of hundreds of our stores up and down the country, and it’s helping us to keep costs down for our business."

Tom Paul, Director at construction giant Kingspan added: "Solar is potentially of significant value to the British economy. Kingspan is a living and breathing example of what this report is trying to capture - we manufacture our energy efficient solar 'in-roof’ installations at our plant in Yorkshire, and are looking to export markets across Europe and beyond for our solar products."

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Energy Entrepreneurs Fund opens bids for final £10m

The final tranche of the Government’s Energy Entrepreneurs Fund has opened for small businesses with innovative low carbon energy ideas that can help cut the cost of consumer bills.

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can bid for a slice of the £10 million pot of money if their solutions help the bring down the cost of household and business  energy bills, including technologies such as building control systems, advanced lighting systems and space heating and cooling systems.

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UN members agree deal at Lima climate talks

  • An "ambitious agreement" in 2015 that reflects "differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities" of each nation
  • Developed countries to provide financial  support to "vulnerable" developing nations
  • National pledges to be submitted by the first quarter of 2015 by those states "ready to do so"
  • Countries to set targets that go beyond their "current undertaking"

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