Archive for April, 2011

Apr 29

Solar systems account for over 28,000, with 11,000 installed in the first three months of 2011

Government figures released today show a record 11,314 PV systems fitted over the first three months of 2011, despite the perceived threat to feed-in tariff levels posed by the government’s early review.

In total, 30,140 renewable energy systems have been installed over the past year, representing 111MW of capacity. Just over 26MW of the 111MW was from the non-domestic sector.

But although 111MW represents an increase of almost two-thirds on the 67.9MW in place at the end of 2010, and over double the amount fitted after the first six months, this amounts to around 0.1 per cent of the UK’s total electricity generation.

The government’s review does not seem to have affected take up rates for household solar, but the fact that payment rates for larger PV projects are likely to be slashed could explain why only one has come online to date.

For the full article see Business Green

PV FIT Ltd can assist with any domestic or commercial solar pv project up to 5okW in output, which will not be affected by the likely cuts to tariff levels expected for systems above 50kW.

In order to get a quotation all you need to do is fill in your details on our quick form, or call us on 0844 567 9032 and we will contact you to complete a free solar survey.

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