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Of the five products approved, three have been issued to Solarcentury, one to Clenergy and one to IRFTS.  

Solarcentury’s director of marketing Susannah Wood told Solar Power Portal that the lack of certified products could become a worry for the industry. She said: “Looking at the MCS database there are over 3,000 approved installers, nearly 12,000 modules and five approved mounting systems. So if you are a house builder and are specifying something for April, at the moment there are only five systems that you can use.

“There is a piece of work that needs to be done in the next few months for the other manufacturers to get their mounting systems through because otherwise people won’t be getting the feed-in tariff. It would be a shame if that resulted in some sort of blip; it’s important for the industry that these certifications start to come through.”  

Commenting on the certification process, Wood explained that it can turn into a lengthy affair, she said: “I believe a lot of them are in testing at the moment but they have to get through that and out the other end. We know from our own experience that the process is quite rigorous, as it should be.

“It takes quite a lot of time. If you do it properly you have to test your mounting system with lots of different tile types, module thickness, inclinations – you have to be very rigorous about it, otherwise you will get quite a caveated accreditation.”

Speaking to Solar Power Portal, Gemserv explained that it could not reveal how many products were currently undergoing the certification process as the information was confidential.

The products currently certified with MCS012 are: Clenergy’s PV-ez Rack SolarRoof Pro, IRFTS’s Easy Roof Evolution L1 (when used to mount a Jinko JKM250 Poly PV panel) and Solarcentury’s C21e Tile M50 S38, C21e Slate M50 S39 & C21e Plain Tile M50 S39.

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The Best View in the Galaxy

The lovely rendering shown here is meant to be a computer simulation depicting the immediate environment of HD 69830 c; a planet that can be found about 41 light-years from Earth (in the Puppis constellation)

Our exoplanet is far more different than most of the planets we've discovered so far, being that the planet doesn't want you dead before you can even make your way out of your mothership.

Furthermore, it also offers unparalleled views of the Milky Way. See what makes this planet shine so spectacularly: http://goo.gl/CbJgcW

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SST/WIkipediaCommons
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The Best View in the Galaxy

The lovely rendering shown here is meant to be a computer simulation depicting the immediate environment of HD 69830 c; a planet that can be found about 41 light-years from Earth (in the Puppis constellation)

Our exoplanet is far more different than most of the planets we've discovered so far, being that the planet doesn't want you dead before you can even make your way out of your mothership.

Furthermore, it also offers unparalleled views of the Milky Way. See what makes this planet shine so spectacularly: http://goo.gl/CbJgcW

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SST/WIkipediaCommons
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Amazing lovely colours
Nebraskan Supercell

This is an utterly fantastic image, taken by Jeremy Holmes, of a Nebraskan supercell.

A supercell (also known as a rotating thunderstorm) is a type of thunderstorm that forms in the presence of rotating updraft. Overall, supercells are less common than a classic run-of-the-mill thunderstorm, which is fortunate since supercells have the potential of being very severe. They are most commonly identified by their ominous rotating structure and usually occur in arid climates (such as the Great Plains of the United States), but supercells can form anywhere in the world under the right conditions.

Sources and further reading: http://www.fromquarkstoquasars.com/nebraskan-supercell/

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This is one of the most beautiful and amazing houses, I've ever seen! 
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Did you know #solar  panels work directly with your #hvac  and generate power for your furnace and air conditioner? And when those items aren't in use, the solar panel continues to harness and convert solar energy, which can be used to power other appliances in your home!
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Happy birthday, solar cell  
Turning light into power, solar arrays are a must-have for the vast majority of satellites.
With solar arrays sized according to the power needs of the mission, there might be thousands of individual solar cells crammed onto a typical satellite.
The design seen here is a thin version of the European 3G30 triple-junction gallium arsenide solar cell. Produced by Azur Space Solar Power, it is one of the most efficient in the world. 
It was 60 years ago this month that the first practical solar (or ‘photovoltaic’ cell) was demonstrated at Bell Labs in New Jersey, USA. This new invention’s very first practical use was in powering early satellites, and solar cells remain pivotal to the space industry to this day.
But photovoltaic electricity generation is also on the way to becoming a major terrestrial energy source, projected to supply close to 3% of global electricity demand by 2020.
This bright future will be the focus of the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, this September.
Thousands of experts will discuss the progress of photovoltaic technology across – as well as off – the planet.
Historically, the space industry has helped to drive advances in photovoltaics. For instance, the gallium arsenide cells powering today’s satellites are more than twice as efficient as those installed on domestic rooftops.
With such successes in mind, ESA has begun an initiative devoted to the synergies between space and energy technology called Space for Energy, with solar energy a major element.
Meanwhile, next week sees the ESA-organised European Space Power Conference in Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands, covering all aspects of electrical power for space missions, including batteries, power components and nuclear power.

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MCS Accredited Installers

Here's our latest news- we are now MCS accredited installers for #biomass boilers, #solar pv, #heatpumps and solar thermal http://buff.ly/OytRO0
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Advancements in production & financing have brought solar to the playing field with coal, oil, natural gas, & nuclear
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9 Things You Should Know Before Buying #Solar Panels http://bit.ly/1hwSWjv
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