Cambridgeshire County Council has received planning permission for what it claims will be the UK’s largest solar carport. The installation, which will be developed at the site of St Ives’ Park & Ride, is anticipated to be 948kW in size and combined with a battery storage system as part of a wider demonstrator project with … Continue reading UK’s ‘largest solar carport’ – with additional storage – planned for St Ives Park & Ride
Government figures suggest British solar industry past major landmark last week, as installers work towards delivering one million roofs by 2015 The solar power industry appears to have installed its 500,000th set of panels in the UK in recent days, in a move that marks a major milestone for the burgeoning sector. According to figures … Continue reading UK solar panels reach half a million rooftop milestone
Today is a big day as we’ve having a second solar array installed – this should provide sufficient electricity to cover the remaining usage for the house, plus enough left over to charge the ZOE. The rear roof of the house is completely covered by the existing system so this one has to go on … Continue reading The Joy of Solar 4: A Second Installation
Looking at how much electricity our solar array has generated prompted me to look at how much electricity we’ve been using over the last few years. I was able to dig out most of my energy bills back five years and used those in a similar process to graph our usage – see the chart … Continue reading Grid Electricity Usage
I previously described the installation and setup of the solar system on the back (south facing) roof of our house. It was installed by Greenday Renewables who I highly recommend – we have had no trouble with it and it works very well. The most important information, however, is of course how successful it has … Continue reading The Joy of Solar 3: Making Electricity
I described previously the installing of our solar panel system in The Joy of Solar 1: Installation but to complete the story it is necessary to describe the remainder of the system, most of which is internal to the house. The panels on the roof produce low voltage direct current (DC) that needs to be … Continue reading The Joy of Solar 2: Internals
A recent press release caught my eye about the My Solar Port, a car port with solar panels for charging an EV. It sounds like a neat idea and could be a good solution for homes without garages and/or a roof suitable for solar panels.
Whether or not you are considering buying an electric car, if you have the opportunity I would unequivocally recommend having solar panels installed. We had solar fitted in 2010, even before it had dawned on me how bad the situation had got with global warming. I did it then for the money, and for a … Continue reading The Joy of Solar 1: Installation