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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

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Wising Up In The Wilderness, Kindred Spirit magazine, Summer 2012


Writer Robin Whitlock joins a lads pilgrimage to a Buddhist retreat, and finds that island wilderness makes for some real conversation....

Friday, 27 July 2012

Gas safety engineers - be careful who you employ


Employing a plumber or gas safety engineer to annually or routinely maintain your central heating boiler is something you should do cautiously, because if you hire someone who’s not properly qualified, the results could be lethal.

Condensing boilers can reduce fuel poverty


The numbers of households suffering from fuel poverty, the point at which over 10% of household income is spent on energy bills, is starting to fall according to statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). It turns out on closer inspection that one of the main factors is the rise in installations of condensing boilers.

Virtual Power Plants will predict supply from renewable energy


Small and distributed energy resources (DERs) such as wind farms and solar are continuing to increase in popularity in the UK and in response scientists from Southampton University have developed virtual power plants (VPP’s) in order to predict the level of electricity supply available on the national grid.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Enphase Energy enters UK market


The California-based microinverter manufacturer Enphase Energy has entered the UK solar PV market by launching Enphase Energy UK and appointing a new UK manager as well as registering with the British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA).

UCLA scientists develop a new form of solar glass


Scientists have created a new transparent solar cell which could be used to develop windows that have the ability to generate power, in essence window and solar PV panel all in one.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

High rise blocks receive external wall insulation


Engels is the first high rise block of flats in Salford to be fitted with external wall insulation. It is part of a £235 million five year retrofit project that is due for completion in 2017 and is just one of twelve blocks to be refurbished.

1950's home retrofitted with passivhaus flooring

A Warwickshire house dating from 1955 has become the second building in the UK to achieve Passivhaus certification for a refurbishment, known as the EnerPhit Standard.

DECC changes to Feed-in Tariffs

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have announced the final results of the consultation on Feed-in Tariffs initiated in February. Most of the changes relating to solar PV have already been announced and are thus already known, but there are some extra provisions in the new announcement.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Npower launches new boiler care package as Brits turn up the heat


A survey by Npower has discovered that many people in Britain have switched on their central heating this summer in order to cope with the unseasonal weather. The company has developed a new boiler care tariff in response.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Channel 5 design team botch TV makeover


A Scottish couple who live in a 120-year old cottage claim that a TV makeover show turned their home into a walk-in disaster area. The pair agreed to let Channel 5’s Half Built House renovate three rooms, but the TV station messed it up the couple claim.

Bucknall Homes to receive £10k makeover


Dozens of homes in Bucknall and Chell Heath have benefitted from a renovation programme worth £10,000 per property and more properties are to follow. The renovations are just part of the first phase of a £2.6 million home improvement programme implemented by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Impressive solar PV array at Yorkshire Showground


The Great Yorkshire Show has just unveiled its solar showpiece, one of the largest solar PV arrays in the region at 245 kWp, installed at its headquarters in Harrogate.

New solar park for Lincolnshire?


The German renewable energy giant is eyeing up a plot of land in Lincolnshire as a potential site for a 10 MW solar farm. It has already submitted a planning application to East Lindsey District Council with a view to building the park near Skegness.