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Soaking the Solar

Spring comes and with it the onset of solar generation… But the panels have been up more than three years now and it shows. Today, they got a quick pre-summer wash down by a man in a van with a tank full of specially clever water and

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Checking the costs

Just had the six monthly gas and electricity bills in, and it’s an opportunity to compare usage now with pre-solar. Back in 2013, I calculated our consumption as 6300kWh for electricity and 15000kWh for gas. In 2013 that equated to about £1600 per annum in total. With these

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Solar Eclipse v Solar PV

I just noticed this on the solar pv readout. Can you guess what time the solar eclipse was where we are? At 09h30 we troughed at 74.7w…

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The Sunshine Year

So, we’re here at last. One year (and, if I’m being pedantic, a little bit) since we had the solar panels fitted to the west-facing roof of our house in Charfield, in the west of England. The roof was actually fitted at the start of December 2013,

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A little bit of Solar

Solar, like wind, is never going to provide all the power we are used to. We need the other generation if we are to continue the path of insatiable demand.  It would be fair to suggest the current government, like the previous one, has largely failed to

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Samhain Sunshine

And so we come to Samhain (Or Halloween if you’re into pumpkin soup and doorknockers…) A time of reflection on the year now ending (ending if you’re following a nature path like paganism, Druidry etc… otherwise, well, back to spooky wooo.) Folk say the veil between the worlds is

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September Sunshine

Aren’t you bored by this monthly nonsense yet? It’s clear solar is a viable domestic proposition, but I suppose you won’t be told until I have the entire year mapped out in detail… heh, no, me neither. September turned out to be dry and warm – England

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Solar Forage, August 14

The forage frenzy continues unabated! As the summer moves inexorably toward equinox and the birth of autumn, the newly purchased (solar powered) freezer is full of cooking apples, raspberries, blackberries and pretty much anything that can be frozen for laters… There are runner beans and broad beans

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Solar July ’14 and other news

High Summer (but only just). The figures this month beat those of June, by a handful of units. The solar roof managed 549 kWh in July. Even as life-plans seek a slowing down, life speeds up. The roller coaster ride goes on. Janet officially finishes work at the

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In the money ;-)

So the seed has grown and the harvest comes… a bit. I’ve just received the first cheque from SSE for the electricity generated by the solar roof. Back in Note to Self  I mentioned I had sent off the meter reading, and now the first payment has been

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Solar Diary June 2014

Well, the month wasn’t quite the hot, hot month we were hoping for. It was hot, true enough, but it was also cloudy and humid, and occasionally very wet. Clouds don’t let the sunshine through, you know… I was a little sad not to break my 25

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Solar Gen May ’14

If you divide the calendar into quarters, one can say that Summer has just begun. And Spring has ended. So, according to the BBC (that bastion of truth and unbiased reporting), Spring 2014 was the third hottest on record. Hot does not however equate to sunny, and although the

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Note to self, Solar Diary

I’ve just sent off the first meter reading to my FiT operator. My commissioning reading was 00003 The meter reading this morning 01091 Total reportable generation 1.088 MWh According to my FiT Contract with SSE, Generation Tariff = 15.3p/kWh and Export Tariff = 4.77p/kWh Presumed Gen’n Pay’t 1088

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Solar Gen April ’14

Hael Beltane! Hael Sol. Sumer is i-comin’ in, and all that. Please can you stop raining? Here’s another rambling waffle-burger from solar central. Are you bored yet? I’d been wondering on and off precisely when I’d get any form of acknowledgement from SSE about my FiT Application.

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Solar Gen March ’14

At last, when it’s not been positively cold and wet it’s been rather splendid. You can see the variety of awfulness and splendidosity in the graph below… up and down like the proverbial ‘ores drawers! Daffodils have replaced crocus, dandelions are replacing daffs… buds are beginning to

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Solar Gen February ’14

So wet and windy January transformed magically into wet and windy February… Fence panels were replaced, other panels fell down… the vibration coming from the solar panels during high winds haven’t gone away and the installer is at least answering emails. Eyes down for the anorak report.

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Solar Grin 2

Ok, second full month – mostly filled with dreary grey skies and intermittent but torrential rain… can’t expect too much. But January 2014ce has at least improved, if only slightly, on December 2013ce. Last month we collected 67 kWh of solar energy. This month it is 72kWh

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Solar Grin 1

I don’t think I’ve ever been actually glad to see a year come to an end before. Still, has to be a first time eh? Onward to 2014. So, the news everyone is panting for… you are panting, aren’t you? How munificent has Sol Invictii been? It’s

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Windy

I’ve just checked. We do still have solar panels… It’s been a tad windy overnight; not hurricane windy but gusting to around 40-50 mph. Something they don’t mention when you investigate the possibility of solar panels is how they are affected by the wind.  It’s obvious, of

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Sipping on Sunshine

Sipping very, very gently, so as not to disturb his winter slumber… Cold grey days and cold sunny days, and we’re one week into being a “generator”. Oh, how laudable… today we have completed our first week harvesting Sunshine, and I can reveal we have overloaded the local

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