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Can Solar PV add to the value of your house?

Friday 7th January 2011 - By Yaron Reuveny

An Energy Savings Trust survey has identified that 1/3rdof the British population would be willing to pay more for a home with a solar PV installation. And why wouldn’t they? Not only are they inheriting an income with the property that they are buying, but they are also escaping the clutches of ever increasing utility costs.


 This survey doesn’t stand alone. Previous research reported in the Guardian newspaper states that installing a renewable energy system to your property can add up to 9% to its value. It might also be noted that this report was taken in 2006 before Feed in Tariff were added to the equation.  Certainly Chris Holmes spokes person for the national improvement show urges that the retail value of your home could rise by approximately 5%, so not a bad move in this existing property market.  He states that "Retrofitting a home can be the Ultimate responsible home improvement." Phillip Sellwood, cheif executive of the Energy Savings Trust, agrees urging that "It seems Britons are willing to pay more for a home with a renewable energy source so investing in a solar panel could be as attractive to house hunters as a new kitchen or solid wood floors."       


There is no doubt that estate agents will become increasingly accomplished at marketing the concept of solar power, pointing out the financial benefits, with a corresponding uplift in values. The energy efficiency assessment that it handed to all potential buyers of a home can only help sell homes with a solar system on the roof.


So not only will you be paid back while you use your solar PV electricity for the 25 years after it is installed, allowing many systems to be paying for themselves within 7 years as it is, but you will also be reaping the rewards when you sell your house. Sounds like a win-win if you ask me. 

Green Farmers

Friday 3rd September 2010 - By Yaron Reuveny

UK farmers are set to profit quite significantly since the introduction of the solar photovoltaic’s feed-in tariff in April. Farmers, who saw a 7% drop in income in 2009 as commodity prices fell, could now install solar power systems on their land for a secure investment, reports the Telegraph. 


"Investment in re-newables and developing new income streams from land and buildings is part of the defence against volatile commodity prices," says Tom Hind, Head of Economics at the National Farmers’ Union.


Farmers are now beginning to realize that they are in fact sitting on a gold mine, since their land and large buildings are perfect for the large-scale installation of solar power systems. By generating renewable energy, farmers can not only power their own facilities, but also earn a handsome profit.


Nearly 40 farmers have already inquired about planning permission for solar projects in the county and more are likely to follow. Installations are also being planned in Herefordshire, Somerset and even the North East of England. Cornwall is expected to be the solar hub of the UK, since it receives the most of sun hours (solar irradiation) in the UK.


 Due to an increase of interest from British farmers we were asked to put an article about Solar PV in the eco issue of farming monthly magazine (click the link to view). So if you own or know anybody that owns a farm and wants to reduce their ever increasing energy bills then contact us for further information.


Link- Farming monthly magazine article page 16.


Thursday 2nd September 2010 - By Yaron Reuveny

We are now working with Schuco to supply and install there PV modules and inverters. They are leading company For Solar PV equipment offering an extended warrantee for parts and produce a higher efficiency than average on their panels.


 A solar energy system for generating electricity is a major investment. An investment in Schüco is particularly profitable. Schüco solar modules only use highly efficient solar cells from leading manufacturers.


They are protected in the long term from even the harshest weather conditions by a glass/Tedlar laminate in the photovol­taic module.


In addition, only inverters with at least 96 % efficiency are availab­le. This system efficiency guaran­tees maximum utilisation of solar energy, consistently high yields and the highest possible return over many years.


All aluminium, steel, PVC-U and solar systems develo­ped by Schüco are characterised by their high level of structural reliability and superior quality. The pursuit of perfection, teamwork and a dynamic organisation ensure success. The corporate partnership with Team McLaren Mercedes is a commitment that symbolises the leading position of Schüco International.


Link- Schuco Solar

Borrow £3,000 to £100,000 at 0% interest

Wednesday 1st September 2010 - By Yaron Reuveny

The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit company with the mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy. They provide specialist support to business and the public sector to help cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies. By stimulating low carbon action they contribute to key UK goals of lower carbon emissions, the development of low carbon businesses, increased energy security and associated jobs.


They take a practical approach – always looking for where they can make the maximum impact and deliver the most value to their customers.


Over the last eight years they have helped business and the public sector cut around 23 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (MtCO2) emissions and make direct cost savings of £1.4 billion. At the same time they have supported the development of over 250 new low carbon technology projects and companies in the UK.


Investment for the low carbon economy


For the UK to move towards a low carbon economy, investment in innovation is critical in both new demand-side and supply-side technologies. Carbon Trust Investments finances emerging clean energy technology businesses that demonstrate commercial potential. They invest between £250,000 and £3 million, from the seed stage through to growth capital. They specialise in identifying and investing in early-stage technologies and credible management teams, and are a co-investor of choice in the low-carbon technology field.


To date they have invested in 16 businesses, together with an additional three investments made through the Low Carbon Seed Fund.


 In total they have invested £19.3 million, and by always acting as a co-funder, they have helped to leverage total private funding of £127.3 million into companies.


Over the next 12-18 months they plan to invest an additional £18 million to help plug the financing gap faced by early stage UK clean energy businesses.


Carbon Trust is offering business loans of £3,000 - £100,000 interest free to help organisations finance and invest in energy saving products. Anticipated energy savings offset the loan repayments. So new equipment should pay for itself and you should continue to make savings year on year. The Loans can be repaid over a period of up to 4 years.


Link- Carbon Trust

The new SMA inverters

Sunday 22nd August 2010 - By Yaron Reuveny

Our galvanically isolating inverters of the Sunny Boy HF series set new standards: packed with innovative SMA technology, the Sunny Boy HF inverters offer highest yields for transformer inverters of this power class. With the new DC plug system SUNCLIX, the generator Plug-in Grounding (optional), and an easily accessible configuration area, installation is made much easier – including less physical effort due to the reduced weight. The wide input voltage range from 175 to 700 Volt gives you extraordinary flexibility of system design. And the modern graphic display and wirelessBluetooth® communication system make the devices extremely user-friendly.


  • Maximum efficiency of over 96 %
  • Best tracking efficiency with OptiTrac MPP tracking
  • OptiCool active temperature management
  • Convenient front wiring compartment
  • Easy configuration due to plug-in communication unit Quick Module
  • Innovative DC plug system SUNCLIX
  • Simple country configuration
  • Installation without special tools and removing the lid possible
  • Bluetooth® technology
  • Input voltage range from 175 to 700 Volt 
  • Nominal power output of 2 to 3 kilowatt
  • Comfortable and variable grounding due to Plug-in Grounding module


Sunny Boy TL series


More communicative, user-friendly and efficient than ever, the Sunny Boy 3000TL, 4000TL and 5000TL are setting new standards in inverter technology. A modern graphic display, readout of daily values even after sunset, simplified installation concept and wireless communication via Bluetooth. The new Sunny Boy inverters perform to user expectation. With a peak efficiency of 97 %, the transformerless devices, Sunny Boy 4000TL and 5000TL provide an optimal solar yield, maximum flexibility in system planning and exceptional module compatibility, and they are the first choice for ambitious generator designs.


  • Sunny Boy High-Yield                                                                                                                                    
  • Maximum efficiency of 97 %
  • Multi-String technology*
  • Transformerless, with H5 topology
  • OptiCool active temperature management*
  • Integrated ESS DC load disconnecting unit
  • Easily accessible front wiring compartment
  • Cable connection without tools
  • Easy country-specific configurations
  • Bluetooth technology
  • Multilingual graphic display


Link - SMA


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