Rushcliffe Solar

Rushcliffe Solar started as a Transition West Bridgford campaign to encourage greater use of Photovoltaic home power generation systems in Rushcliffe borough, but we are always willing to answer an enquiry from other towns in the region. There are many buildings and entire streets with roofs which have a good view of the Sun and could produce power for the Grid and Income for the occupants. Hit the You Enquire tab to get a free appraisal of the photovoltaic potential for your building. Email:
If you are thinking about it, do not be put off by recent changes in the tariff!: Since April 2012, the tariff was reduced to 21 pence/unit and ones on poorly insulated buildings get only 9 pence/unit. There have been further reductions since. Use the Expertsure calculator to check out your house and see if it is still worth doing.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Marlow making a go of Solar!
Quoting the Good Energy Newsletter it seems Marlow are making good progress with a solar initiative:
"Transition Town Marlow held a really successful public meeting last week to mark the official launch of their Solar 100 Project, which aims to get Marlow residents generating their own renewable heat and power." 
   "Our Microgeneration Team went along to the meeting to show our support and were thrilled to find the auditorium packed with residents who had all turned up to hear Philip, Willi and the rest of TTM explain how all participating residents would be rewarded with a 20% rebate for the cost of their installation if the community reached its target of installing 100 solar systems in 12 months."
    "Hugo House, our Head of Generation Marketing, also delivered a presentation that offered advice on how to finance their solar project, and how the new feed-in tariffs would work."

Monday, April 19, 2010

Does your meter go in reverse?

19 April : Some people ask if the meter will literally 'go in reverse' if you have a good day of photovoltaic generation.  Mine doesn't, it remains static during the day and only moves forward if we do some ironing or use the kettle a lot, or the heating has to be on. After sunset, it rolls along as a normal one would. Chris Brook of EvoEnergy has provided me with an answer:

"Whether your meter works in reverse depends on the type of meter installed. Old style mechanical meters will run in reverse and people with these will get an extra, though unintended, financial benefit. If you have a more modern electronic meter this will accurately record the units of electricity you import from the grid. It will be stationary if the amount of energy you are producing exceeds your current demand. Your [OfGem] generation meter will tell you accurately how much you have produced. In terms of what you export, this will only be measured accurately if your electricity supplier installs an import/export meter. The only energy provider currently doing this is Scottish and Southern Electricity. Other major providers intend to estimate how much you have exported based on the amount generated. As far as we know most are going with a generous 50/50 estimate.

Energy you produce will flow to its nearest point of use. If there is demand within your home this will be nearest. If you produce more than you currently demand the excess will flow to its nearest point of use via your mains electricity cable. In all likelihood there will be demand from one of your neighbours and this is where the electricity will be used. The electricity flows via the grid to your neighbours."

In this way, there is no transmission loss. There are no substations or transformers to go through, which eat energy at the change over. It is another reason why the generous Feed in Tariff can be justified. For every kilowatt used by your or your neighbours, it is saving the heat equivalent of 3 kilowatts of coal in a distant power station.

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