At Eco Installer, we are always looking out for the latest technology and last week, we installed the latest solution for Solar panels and flat roofs – Solion Flat Roof Solar PV mounting kits – they allow a relatively easy installation of Solar panels to roofs that are structurally-sound and flat (not too many dips or drainage gullies).
We believe that Solion offers an excellent solution for flat roofs, with the Manufacturer claiming that they can withstand winds up to 120mph, and at the same time on requiring only a quarter of the ballast of conventional systems (approx 20kg per panel).
As well as installing the 2 panels for demonstration purposes at our Sutton office, we have also installed 6 panels for a customer in Isleham as part of a 3kW total Solar PV installation.
For our demo unit at Sutton we opted to use a dual Enecsys Micro Inverter, which converts the DC voltage generated by the panels to AC at source. We advised our customer to opt for an Ever Solar 1500 transformer-less inverter, this is one of the most reliable inverters on the market with class-leading ‘Photon A rating’.
If you would like to know more about Solion, flat roof, in-roof or on-roof Solar PV installations, please speak to Roly on 01353 669000
Eco Installer is an MCS approved Solar PV installer (NIC3315), we can offer the complete service from free site survey, energy performance certificate, through to design, installation and on-going maintenance, all delivered by our own staff.
Last week the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published their consultation documents for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
The RHI is still planned to be introduced by the end of Summer 2013 and now we have some proposed figures for technologies included.
Key points are:
- Proposed tariffs range from air source heat pumps (6.9-11.5p/kWh), biomass boilers (5.2-8.7p/kWh), ground source heat pumps (12.5-17.3p/kWh) and solar thermal technologies (17.3p/kWh) as long as they are MCS certified and meet the relevant required standards
- Payments to home owners will be for seven years per kWh of heat produced for the expected lifetime of the renewable technology and based on deemed heat usage
- These tariffs have been aimed to give a better return compared to those living off the mains gas grid
- There will be a management system set-up similar to one that is now control the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) scheme tariff changes
- Properties will be required to meet a minimum energy efficiency based upon Green Deal assessments
Members of the public have until December 7th 2012 to respond to the consultation documents which can be found here.
DECC then aims to publish its response to the consultation early in 2013. This will be followed by the parliamentary process for approval of the introduction of the domestic RHI which it anticipates will allow the scheme to be open to applicants in the summer of 2013.
Climate change minister Greg Barker said: “We need to revolutionise the way we heat our homes and businesses and move away from expensive fossil fuels, not only to cut carbon but to help meet our renewables targets and save money on bills.
“Our proposals aim to encourage even more uptake of clean green heating in industry and in our businesses. We have also set out our views on long term support for those who invest in low carbon kit in their homes and we look forward to hearing your thoughts.”
Separate consultations have also been published for widening the remit of the non-domestic RHI to increase uptake. The first examines broader expansion of the scheme which closes on December 7th and the second focuses on air to water heat pumps which closes on 18th October 2012.
We have quickly outgrown our first office at 3a Lynn Road, Ely, Cambs. CB7 4EG and will be moving shortly to a new purpose built office with integrated fully working Eco showroom at 69 High Street, Sutton, Ely, Cambs. CB6 2NL.
Our increased office space will allow for expansion in the technical, design and accounts teams.
We will have a fully working Eco showroom, where you will be able to see:
- LED Lighting
- Low Voltage Lighting
- Voltage Optimisation
- Solar PV
- Energy and and Solar PV Monitoring Software
- Under-floor heating with 3 different surfaces (laminate, carpet and tiles)
- Air Source Heat Pump
- Thermodynamic Panels
- Buffer Tanks and much, much more.
This is the first Eco showroom of its kind anywhere in East Anglia. This really is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to find out more about the latest exciting opportunities for energy saving and green living right here. We really do “put our money where are mouth is” and are happy to show you around any time that suits.
More details on the move to follow shortly…
Telephone number 01353 669000 remains the same
Solar PV feed in tariffs from 1st November 2012 have now been confirmed
0-4kW Solar systems will now pay 15.44p per kWh and larger 4-10kW systems will now pay 13.99 p per kWh generated.
And we reckon it’s great news for the industry. Firstly because it confirms that a sufficient quantity of installation must have been completed since the last drop to hit the required figure enforcing the next tariff drop, and secondly this is such a small price drop it gives some much needed stability to the industry.
Shortly after the last tariff drop we noticed a small drop in the number of Solar PV orders but since then it’s been back to business as usual with 2 to 3 installation a month.
Solar PV still offers an excellent return on investment for most of the customers we talk to, its a great way of reducing electricity bills and we often use it as part of a combined heating solution where it can earn revenue whilst creating green electricity for powering heat pumps, immersion elements and other renewable technology.
12 Months ago you would have paid nearly £17,000 for a 4kW domestic installation, today its closer to £6500-7000 +5%VAT.
Don’t be put off by falling feed in tariff payments, as the reduced installation prices make Solar PV more affordable, with the average system returning the initial investment 7 years later.
Whether your roof faces East, West or South, Solar PV will work for you. We have installed on flat roofs, slate and concrete tiles. In fact, we’ve not found a roof yet that we couldn’t find a solution for.
If you would like to find out more about Solar PV, for a no obligation chat, please call the office on 01353 669000 today.
Today (24th May 2012) the government has confirmed the new Feed In Tariff (FIT) from 1st August 2012 it will be 16p, down from 21p and likely to decrease on a 3 monthly basis thereafter if Solar PV sells in the volumes predicted.
Export tariff is being increased to 4.5p up from 3.1p to make this closer to the actual market rate
Lifetime payments will be reduced to 20 years from 25 years, which is probably the most significant impact of this FIT update!
Customers installing Solar PV from 1st August 2012 can expect a Return on Investment (ROI) of around 6%
Full details of the update can be found by clicking on the link below:
To benefit from the current 21p tariff and payback times around 8 years, we need to install Solar PV on your property before the 1st August deadline.
Please get in touch today if you are interested in finding out more about Solar PV, we still have some available dates between now and 1st August to complete an installation for you.
We were so busy in November last year due to the Solar PV Feed In Tariff changes that we didn’t get a chance to take photos of most of our installations.
Today I happened to be driving past and saw one our first Solar PV installations basking in the sunshine!
If the sun shines like it was today, this system will pay for itself within 6 years (based upon SAP calculations), with annual earnings and savings combined of over £1500
Today with the new Feed In Tariff at 21p per kWh, it is possible for us to install a system that will payback within 10 years and give earnings and savings combined over £900 per year.
When we completed this installation the Feed In Tariff was 43p per kWh generated. Export payments have remained the same at 3.1p per kWh. As electricity prices continue to rise, generating your own electricity will really pay for itself – just think you can buy electricity at 13p or you can generate your own for a 21 p payment from the government! Then you can use that kWh, saving yourself 13p purchased, making you 34p better off.
A 3.84Kw Solar PV installation cost approximately £16,000 this time last year, now it’s possible to get the same size system installed for just over £8000.
The amount you will earn over 25 years has been reduced but so has the initial purchase price.
If you have a roof, garage or garden that you think might be suitable for Solar PV, it makes great environmental and financial sense.
Call 01353 669000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a free quote or site survey today
We set very high standards for all our bathroom installations, here are some photos of our recent work, if you would like to know more about any of the products or installations shown here, please get in touch with Shane, Sam, Will, Matt, Mark or Jack on 01353 669000.
We provide full bathroom, shower and wet room design, supply and installation. With prices to meet all budgets.
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Not many people are aware that having Solar PV installed on your property can be enough to bring your energy performance certificate (EPC) up to band D.
Band D is the minimum EPC your property has to meet, in order for you to receive the highest Feed In Tariff of 21p per KWh generated via Solar Photovoltaics (Solar PV). If your property fails to meet Band D EPC then you will only receive 9p per PWh generated.
We can arrange for a pre-installation EPC inspection, which will explain what actions are necessary to achieve a Band D.
These measures could be as simple as installing Solar PV, fitting thermostatic radiator valves, heating controls or draft excluder.
Then upon completion of your Solar PV installation, we will re-visit to complete your EPC and provide the Band D certificate.
Eco Installer holds the MCS accreditation for Solar PV, so you can be sure of the highest standard of installation and customer care.
Speak to the team on 01353 669000 today to arrange a free site survey and no obligation quotation.
If you are considering a renewable technology to assist with hot water or central heating, you will be pleased to know that the government is bringing back the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) and this time they are making even more funds available.
Solar Thermal – this is an excellent way to get 60-70% of your hot water provided ‘free of charge’ by the Sun.
Air Source/Ground Source Heat Pump – highly efficient heating and hot water for your property – uses 75% freely available energy in the environment
Biomass – Pellets cost 40% less than Oil, are carbon neutral heating and don’t carry such a high risk of being stolen.
£300 Grant available for Solar Thermal no matter what fuel you heat with – Gas, Oil, Coal or Electric
£850 to £1250 Grant for Heat Pumps if you are not connected to mains Gas
£950 Grant for Biomass Boilers if you not connected for main Gas
Eco Installer are your number one for Solar Thermal, Biomass and Air Source Heat Pumps installations in Ely, Cambridge and Cambridgeshire.
To read more about the new RHPP, click the following link to go the DECC website
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I am pleased to report that tonight it has been announced on the BBC website that the UK Government has not been allowed to appeal to the Supreme Court, which finally puts an end to months of uncertainty. What a shame this has cost thousands of jobs in an industry that was just starting to find it’s feet, hopefully now we can look to build consumer confidence again.
On a much more pleasing point, this does mean 2 of our recent customers will now definitely get 43p rather than 21p – congratulations to them!
Now, we have until 30th June 2012 to get as many customers installed with Solar PV at 21p per KWh, before the next (legal this time), scheduled tariff downward adjustment.
If you are a domestic customer or a business interested in a commercial installation, please get in touch, the sooner we start your design, the quicker we can get you up and running.
To read the BBC News website feature, follow the link below: