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Apr 18

PV FIT were pleased to attend the Cheshire Greener Futures Show at Reaseheath College on Friday 15th April.

Dave Houston, PV FIT’s Managing Director, delivered a 30 minute Q&A session on Generating electricity and an income from the sun using Solar PV, which proved to be very popular amongst those attending.

As a result of this interest we’ve attached a copy of the presentation slides to this post. The presentation offers a brief overview of photovoltaics, how they work, levels of income you can expect from the feed in tariff and ways you can fund an installation.

Dave says “We have access to a portfolio of lenders whom are interested in funding renewable energy projects, especially solar PV, for commercial customers in Private and Public sectors including councils, HA’s and colleges. In some cases it is possible to achieve cash flow neutral/positive funding, where the FIT income services the repayments over the full term of the loan, which takes away the main stumbling block in finding capital to fund a photovoltaic installation in the first place”.

For more information on how much a solar PV system will cost and the finances options available please call us on 0844 567 9032 or email info@pvfit.co.uk

Delegates were also interested in the Carbon footprint of photovoltaics, as many believed that PV panels only repay the Carbon emitted in their production of a long period of time.

Whereas Carbon is emitted in production of photovoltaics, the general consensus from a number of different studies suggests a Carbon Payback term of 3 years. We’ve attached a comparison by Colin Bankier and Steve Gale, first published on Energy Bulletin, of a number of studies and reports into PV energy payback which may be of further interest.


Apr 11

PV FIT have been invited to run a 30 minute Q&A session on “Generating electricity and an income from the sun – Solar PV” at the Cheshire Greener Futures Show at Reaseheath College on Friday 15th April.

David Houston, MD at Chester based PV FIT says:

“We are really pleased to have been invited to speak at the Cheshire Greener Futures event. Feed-in Tariffs, plus the rising cost and instability within the oil market, have created a growing business case for the installation and use of on-site renewable energy generation. Our aim is to demonstrate how simple solar PV is to install, plus the very attractive returns which can be realised through installing solar PV on your home or business”.

This free event  is to be run over 2 days:

Friday 15th April is aimed at businesses presenting the opportunity and benefits to installing low carbon technologies in a commercial environment. Preregistration is required for this event.

Saturday 16th April focuses on the technologies that domestic consumers can install in their homes as well as incorporate into community projects.

It would be great to see you there so for information on how to register and where to find Reaseheath College download the event leaflet.

Apr 08

PV FIT are pleased to offer the excellent Siliken pv modules were recognised as the best in Photon  2010 Laboratory test.

On average the Siliken modules were shown to generate 5.9% more power than the average value of all the modules studied, and 12.4% more than the minimum value recorded. This is impressive as the list of participants includes manufacturers such as Sharp, BP Solar, Kyocera and Schott.

Siliken modules are manufactured in Spain, and are members of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), and PV Cycle, an association whose goal is to implement the photovoltaic industry’s commitment to set up a voluntary take back and recycling programme for end-of-life-modules and to take responsibility for PV modules throughout their entire value chain.

Other key features of  Silken branded modules are a 10 year manufacturing defects warranty, plus performance guarantees of 90% for 10 years and 80% for 25 years.

Contact us today for your free solar survey.

Apr 04

DECC says it is in “listening mode” as evidence suggests virtually all mid-sized solar projects will be ditched if incentive cuts go through

The chilling effect of the coalition’s proposed cuts to feed-in tariff incentives on planned solar projects with 50kW capacity was hammered home

PV FIT Sydenham Rd Croydon

PV FIT Sydenham Rd Croydon

last week with the release of new data suggesting that virtually no mid-sized installations will go ahead if the incentives are slashed as planned.

“We’ve all had our rant about the cuts, now we need to help ministers with the evidence they need to make decisions,” Dave Sowden, chief executive of the Micropower Council, told BusinessGreen. “It is still a bun-fight, but it is turning into an evidence-based bun-fight.”

One developer undertook to provide a detailed analysis of the rates of return available to firms at different locations and under the current and proposed tariff regimes.

The analysis found that, with the current tariffs, firms deploying the projects could expect to receive rates of return before tax ranging from 7.1 per cent for a 100kW installation in Edinburgh to 11 per cent for a 500kW array in Plymouth.

In contrast, once the tariff proposed in the government’s consultation is applied, none of the projects attains the five per cent rate of return DECC has said in its impact assessment that it wants to achieve. The best rate of return is 4.7 per cent for a 100kW array in Plymouth, while all other projects would deliver returns of between 3.8 and -1.2 per cent.

For full story see BusinessGreen

Mar 03

Ofgem have published the RPI adjusted FITs tariffs for the period 1/4/11 to 31/3/12.

All tariffs, including the export tariff as well as the generation tariff, have been increased by 4.8% in line with the RPI change over the period 1/1/10 to 31/12/10.

As well as those who install in year 2 of the FITs (i.e. after 1st April 2011) getting the new tariff levels, everyone who installed in year 1 will get the increased tariffs from 1/4/11.

The table of new tariffs for all eligible renewable technologies is available from the Ofgem website.

We have provided the example below to show how much extra will you earn from your PV investment:

Dave Houston, MD of Chester based nationwide solar installers PV FIT, commented; “Today’s announcement on the RPI adjustment comes as welcome news for our customers amid growing concerns of the Governement’s comprehensive review of subsidy levels offered by the feed in tariff scheme”.

“We hope that the increased tariff rate will stimulate those who haven’t yet taken the plunge to now proceed with a solar photovoltaic installation before any potential cuts to tariff rates come into effect on 1st March 2012″.

If you are considering installing solar PV it has never been simpler – call us today on 0844 567 9032 or request a solar survey online.

Feb 07

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has today launched a comprehensive review of the Feed in Tariffs (FITs) scheme following growing evidence that large scale solar farms could soak up money intended to help homes, communities and small businesses generate their own electricity.

Chris Huhne said:

“The renewables industry is a vital piece in the green growth jigsaw and this review will provide long term certainty while making sure homes, communities and small firms are encouraged to produce their own green electricity.

“Large scale solar installations weren’t anticipated under the FITs scheme we inherited and I’m concerned this could mean that money meant for people who want to produce their own green electricity has the potential to be directed towards large scale commercial solar projects.”

The comprehensive FITs review will:

  • Assess all aspects of the scheme including tariff levels, administration and eligibility of technologies;
  • Be completed by the end of the year, with tariffs remaining unchanged until April 2012 (unless the review reveals a need for greater urgency);
  • Fast track consideration of large scale solar projects (over 50kW) with a view to making any resulting changes to tariffs as soon as practical, subject to consultation and Parliamentary scrutiny as required by the Energy Act 2008.

The Government will not act retrospectively and any changes to generation tariffs implemented as a result of the review will only affect new entrants into the FITs scheme. Installations which are already accredited for FITs at the time will not be affected.

David Houston, Managing Director of nationwide solar energy installers PV FIT Ltd, responded to todays announcement:

“The looming threat of a large number of Megawatt scale solar farm projects threatened to trigger an early review of feed in tariff levels. It would be a tragedy if a small number of large scale projects, absorbing huge chunks from the FIT pot, meant that home and business owners new to the scheme were hit with lower tariff levels which could threaten future take up of renewables”.

“The FIT scheme was designed to reduce energy consumption and improve energy security in buildings, not fields or line pockets of a small number of investors. Saying this we do believe there is a place for larger scale solar installations if feeding industrial/commercial premises with high energy consumption. We sincerely hope the Government use this as an opportunity to improve the scheme, rather than an excuse to reduce tariff levels for those new to the scheme before April 2012″.

If you were considering a solar PV installation now is probably the best time to seriously consider proceeding with an installation. PV FIT offer free solar survey over the phone, usually taking less than 20 minutes, and will send you a fixed priced quotation same day. Call us today on 0844 567 9032.

Source: DECC Press Notice: HUHNE TAKES ACTION ON SOLAR FARM THREAT

Jan 28

PV FIT are pleased to announce that we have gained CHAS accreditation which externally validates our Health & Safety policies and practices.

The Association of London Government Health and Safety Forum licensed Merton Council as the CHAS administrator and promoter. CHAS is designed to show a suppliers compliance with minimum Health & Safety standards desired for work for public and private sector groups, which helps to reduce duplication of H&S competence assessments as compliance is recognised by all CHAS buyers.

David Houston, Managing Director PV FIT Ltd says, “As Microgeneration certification Scheme approved installers of solar PV equipment, PV FIT are committed to safety throughout our organisation and in all part of the services we deliver. Gaining CHAS accreditation, in addition to our MCS approved solar installer status, demonstrates to our customers that we work to stringent safety standards, whether working at customers homes, businesses or on construction sites”.

PV FIT offer a FREE solar survey service for their Feed-in Tariff (FIT) eligible solar energy equipment. A survey usually takes 20 minutes over the phone and we will send you a fixed price quotation for supply and installation of a PV system on same day. A average customer can expect to earn £1000+ per year tax free, which is Government backed for 25 years.

If you would like to learn more about MCS, CHAS or get a solar quotation please call us on 0844 567 9032 or fill in our contact form today.

Jan 20

According to a report published by Ofgem on 17th January 2011, the average household supplied by the “big six” energy suppliers consumes 3,300 kWh of electricity and 16,500 kWh for gas.

Ofgem also explain how these costs are made up and to what level, for example “wholesale energy, supply costs and profit margin” account for 63% of electricity bills with the rest made up of distribution/transmission charges, 5% VAT, environmental costs and meter provision – read the full Ofgem report.

In money terms this means the average gas bill for a standard direct debit account is £608. For electricity it is £424, making a combined energy bill of £1032 per year.

One way to reduce your reliance on energy bought from the grid is to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system onto your home or business. “The main incentive for going solar is the introduction of Feed-in Tariffs (FITs), where you are paid an above market rate for the energy that your PV system generates” says David Houston, Managing Director of Chester based MCS solar installers PV FIT Ltd. “A typical PV FIT householder can benefit from a tax free income in excess of £1000+ per year, which will rise with inflation and is Government guaranteed for 25 years”.

An average solar pv system consists of 16 panels with a peak output of 2.96kWp. Here’s how installing solar panels can reduce your energy costs:
  • A 2.96kW pv system installed on a South facing unshaded pitched roof at 30 degrees
  • It will deliver approx. 2162 kWh per year (according to SAP 2009)
  • You will qualify for the top rate of fit at 41.3p/kWh = 2162 x 41.3 = £892.90 FIT income
  • You will use on average 50%, in this case 1081 kWh, of the solar energy you generate in your home. This will save you paying for electricity from the grid, which if you currently pay 14p/kWh will save you £151.34
  • You then sell the surplus energy back to your energy supplier who will pay you 3p/kWh, generating an additional income of £32.43
  • Combined annual income and savings amount to £1076.67, equivalent to 96% of the average household energy bill.

The whole solar installation will cost £11,299 (incl VAT), meaning you can see your money back in *10.5 years, and an additional 14.5 years of profit!

Getting a quote from PV FIT couldn’t be easier…

1. Call us or fill in our solar survey form

2. We will complete a 20 minute survey over the phone to determine if your installation is feasible

3. We email you a fixed price comprehensive quotation open for 30 days, detailing the equipment we will supply, how long it will take to install, and an estimate of how much you will earn through the FIT

4. You read through the information and then contact us with any queries. If you are happy with our price and rest of the information provided you place your order

5. We arrange for an engineer to visit you to check over survey and agree an installation date; as well as agreeing with you where you would like cables will run and equipment is to be located. They then return on the agreed date to complete your installation, after which we complete required forms and liaise with your energy supplier to enable you to claim your FIT.

It couldn’t be simpler! Contact us PV FIT today for your free solar survey.

*Note: The above example is designed to demonstrate basic return as does not take into account inflation, time value of money or savings on tax versus other forms of investment. Performance estimates are calculated using the Governments Standard assessment procedure (SAP) and are for use as guidance only, as it is impossible for us to guarantee the performance of your system due to changes in the weather from year to year.

Jan 11

The BBC reported today that E.ON were the 5th of the big 6 energy suppliers to raise their gas and electricity costs this Winter.

E.ON say they had “no option” other than increasing their rates for gas by 3% and electricity by 9%, due to the rising wholesale cost of energy.

A typical dual fuel customer will see their annual bill increase by £62 following the price rises, according to calculations by price comparison website Uswitch.com.

“As an energy consumer myself I am not surprised by this latest announcement regarding fuel price increases. Coupled with spending cuts and wage freezes, these fuel price rises are putting even more strain on household and business purse strings, and it is only likely to get worse in the future” says David Houston, Managing Director of Chester based solar energy installers PV FIT Ltd.

One way that energy consumers can protect themselves against escalating costs in by investing in a solar photovoltaic system. Thanks to the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme, launched in April 2010, consumers now get paid an above market rate the the renewable electricity that they generate.

A 4kW system on a South facing roof can offer income and savings of £1600+ per year, which can be more if your property is in South. For householders, this offers a tax free income, which is linked to inflation and guaranteed by the Government for 25 years, equivalent to 10-12% annual return on your capital investment.

A PV FIT system usually takes 1-2 days to install, and consists of:

  • 10-20 solar panels mounted on your roof
  • a solar inverter located in your loft
  • and a cable which drops down to your consumer unit (fuse box) which is connected to your mains supply – enabling you to sell any excess energy back to the grid

You can also keep track of your PV FIT systems performance through your own web page which records how much power you have generated, and more importantly how much you have earned!

PV Fit Ltd are a nationwide MCS approved installers so call or now on 0844 567 9032 for your free 20 minute solar survey, or pop your details in our solar survey form and we will get in touch.

Source: Read the full BBC article

Jan 07

Get more kWp for your money!

Our supplier Caymax CEEG are launching a 200Wp monocrystalline panel in mid Jan 2011 – we are offering all our customers a free upgrade to the corresponding number of panels on their quote if not already installed i.e. If you have a quote for a 20 panel 3.9kWp system we will supply and install a 4kWp system at no extra charge!

Not only will you benefit from Caymax’s most efficient panel, but the cost benefits of your PV FIT system will improve too!

The offer is limited to orders placed by end of Jan 2011 with installation taking place in Q1 of 2011.

We are pleased to extend this offer to anyone who hasn’t yet had a quotation, so call us now for your free 20 minute solar survey >>