Clean power made this possible
We travelled all over the UK meeting people who benefit from renewable energy. Here's what we found.
“Electric trains are already the greenest form of public transport – this roof gives our passengers an even more sustainable journey. The distinctive roof has also turned our station into an iconic landmark visible for miles along the River Thames.”
Known as the “sunshine island” or (perhaps more ambitiously) “Scotland’s chilly St Tropez”, Tiree also isn’t short of a spot of wind. In fact it’s the windiest place in Britain.
“There was a woman last year who told me that thanks to the solar panels she could now buy Christmas presents for her kids. That made me think everything we’ve been doing is worthwhile.”
“It isn’t just about our buses, it’s about how we run our whole business. The Low Carbon Hub project was attractive to us because it had the right investment profile and a great payback to the community.”
"Suddenly Britain is going into reverse on renewables. It's clear that an awful lot of businesses will go under. If the government proceeds to reduce the rate as much as they are saying, we may not be able to proceed with building more projects. "
"We were so delighted with the panels that we had been talking about putting more on in the future. Without the FITs it wouldn't be worth our while."
"We registered at the end of August 2014 and without having the security of the Feed-in tariff in place, it would have been very difficult for us to fund the project."
"The Fit is an enabler for community energy projects which provide excellent added value in the form of social, environmental and economic benefits."
"The Fit has been a huge success and helped community renewable groups like us build a viable business model for our projects."
"There's a Welsh saying - "Boddi wrth y lan" - which means drowning by the shore. And it certainly feels like that at the moment."
“Whilst prices for renewable generation continue to fall, support for renewable energy through the Fit is still vital if the country is going to continue its transition to a low carbon energy future.”
"We have never seen the students so enthusiastic about a project before - it's been surprising and incredible!"
“It’s great to be doing something for our community, plus we get a reduction on our electricity bills - it really is a win-win.”