With an increase of all renewable energy aspects continuing and with the trend likely to go on well into the future, it has been reported that a company based in Germany called, Kronos Solar are hoping to build a solar park in Pembrokeshire, south west Wales, which will cost in the region of £20 million and will include an incredible 60,000 solar panels.
The plans have apparently been submitted to the local council and if successful the location will be a 25 acre site at a place called West Farm in Cosheston.
A company director, Dr Alexander Arcache, told the BBC that the site was a good choice and “not very visible”. Of course, visibility of large scale projects such as this always raises concern with local people and is perhaps one of the biggest hurdles for the future of these kinds of enterprises.
The company believe that the land, which is agricultural, could still be used for grazing when the installation is complete. It is believed that the Pembrokeshire authorities have been asked for comment.
Dr Arcache went on to say that public support is important and that it was crucial to get, “people behind renewables by taking away their fears”. If the project goes ahead, it is likely to be covered by the Renewables Obligation Certificate System. The system obligates UK electricity suppliers to seek out more renewable energy sources of energy for it electricity output.
Walking around the local village just lately, it has been quite clear that perhaps the biggest notable changes have been created by the arrival of armies of solar panels. It’s certainly become easy to spot which houses the council still owns and which are privately owned!
Perhaps the most surprising thing of all has been the speed in which literally hundreds, probably thousands of solar panels have been installed. Solar energy of course, is no longer just the future, its most definitely the present as well!
An essential part of the way our world will be energised in the years to come, it’s probably fair to say that in due course almost all rooftops will be adorned with these shiny sun seeking panels which also go by the fancier name of photovoltaic panels.
Of course, the host of panels that have suddenly appeared in the local village have been funded by the local council for those houses that are still council owned. However, more and more private home owners are turning to solar PV installation too, with more and more companies offering their services and better deals to be had.
Although they have recently been reduced, there are still incentives made to all those who make the switch to solar produced energy. If you are seriously considering going to the solar route, then it is well worth investigating the various figures found in the governments renewable energy feed in tariff.
The Allbrite UK website explains in detail what the tariffs were and what they have changed to.
Wind power and solar energy are not only a great way of reducing your carbon footprint but with same careful planning and consideration they might also help many of us to save a bit of cash in the long term.
Energy prices seem to be going only one way and that’s up and in a time when every penny is crucial, it’s certainly worth looking at alternative options.
Wind power through the use of wind turbines is one such form of generating power or energy away from what have become known as the traditional methods. Although, wind turbines haven’t particularly been universally embraced, there is no doubting their effectiveness and they are certainly here to stay!
Many may have the mental image of large turbines they may have seen on a local coastline, but as technology advances, wind turbines are now available in smaller sizes and it’s not uncommon for residents to install them on their own properties, with some models not requiring planning permission. Worried about potential noise? Some of the most recent models are now very, very quiet!
The advance of solar energy is perhaps even more obvious than wind energy and there are different ways for solar heating to be implemented. Once such way is solar hot water where panels are, in most cases, fitted to the roof of your property. Water is circulated around the panels and heated directly by the sun. In tandem with a storage tank, this is a great way of producing some extra hot water, whilst keeping electricity bills under control.
So, that’s just a couple of ways in which you can use renewable energy. Please visit the main Allbrite UK website for lots more information.
An American University is turning to solar power to heat students’ water and cut bills.
The University of North Carolina plans to cut annual hot water costs in Mills Residence Hall by 29% by installing a solar energy system.
The student dormitory is expected to save more than $81,000 over the life of the system.
The dormitory, which uses an average of 6,000 gallons of hot water per day, was an ideal facility for a solar thermal water heating system. It will consist of 64 collector panels which receive the sun’s energy and transfer it to heat the dormitory’s water supply.
The water is stored in an insulated tank and is used throughout the day for laundry and showering, allowing hot water to be accessed even when the sun is not shining.
If you’re lucky enough to have a swimming pool, solar water panels could help you reduce the cost of heating it. Who wants to swim outside in the UK in cold water?
As thoughts turn to spring and exercise, why not invest in your pool and help the environment at the same time.
Solar heated swimming pools is one of the best ways to utilise solar hot water to its full potential.
Swimming pools can be very expensive to heat using conventional methods. Here at Allbrite we believe that by using solar pool heating you can slash your pool heating bills by more than half.