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Weston Super Mare, Somerset, United Kingdom
Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Robin Whitlock. I am a freelance journalist with a special interest in environmental issues and renewable energy. I have numerous published articles to my credit and write regularly for a number of renewable energy websites. I am also a writer for Renewable Energy Magazine and a sub-editor for Renewable Energy Focus. I am currently based in Bristol, UK. Besides renewable energy and green issues I have a wide variety of other interests which includes World War 2, mythology and folklore, gardening, railways and lots more besides. You can also reach me on either of my two email addresses, which are: robinwhitlock66@hotmail.com and robinwhitlock1966@gmail.com Thanks!

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Hire Me!! - Freelance Journalist specializing in environmental issues and renewable energy
Writer for Renewable Energy Magazine
Sub-editor for Renewable Energy Focus
Contributor to Holmes Digital Media websites (Solar Guide, Renewables Guide, Boiler Guide, Builder Guide)
Contributor to Cleversolar blog and Find Energy Savings
Published in numerous national magazines
See below for writing samples

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Builders hit by 2500% rise in tax on waste

The government has raised the tax level on waste going to landfill sites from £2.50 to £64 per tonne creating fears of an increase in fly tipping and sending the price in tax alone for a skip full of rubble from around £135 to £512. Skip hires fear they may have to drastically raise their prices in response.

Raising the profile of women in construction

A 21 year old college student from Gloucestershire hopes to encourage more women into the construction industry aiming to make women more aware of the opportunities available. Construction, however, still seems to be a place where women are not welcome.

Fifteen new jobs created after St Asaph energy company increases turnover


The potential for increased job opportunities in the renewable energy industry was demonstrated very clearly recently when a renewable energy company based in St Asaph in Wales quadrupled its turnover creating fifteen new jobs.

Europe looks to China for growth in renewables

Financial constraints set by European governments recently have meant that companies are increasingly looking at developing countries for market growth in renewable energy.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Solar PV can become a mainstream energy source says EPIA


How Chinese panels are affecting western solar markets


There’s no doubt about it, the price of solar PV is falling and probably will continue to fall over the near future. Many within the industry identify oversupply and production overcapacity as the main factors for falling PV prices alongside cost reductions achieved by improved technological innovation. 

The continuing growth in Chinese module manufacturing is fundamentally a significant element with Chinese producers enjoying increasingly higher levels of investment in production capacity. As a result Chinese and Taiwanese solar PV companies have managed to increase production by 120 percent over the last four years, according to Asset Management Sustainability Research.