Solar energy installations continue apace


Up to June this year in Britain 51,244 solar PV installations were made, bringing the total to 447,708.

evoenergy logoPublic awareness of the reduction in the feed-in tariff recently led to an unjustifiable loss of confidence in the technology. Evo-energy affirms that a well-designed 2.88kWp system will receive feed-in tariff (generation and export tariff) payments of £435 a year, and save £177 a year on electricity bills. If the system costs £6,254 to install, it gets a return on investment of 9.78%. That’s before you take predicted energy price rises into account. As it comments:

“With returns like that, it’s no surprise many people are choosing to install solar PV systems as an alternative to investing their money with a bank or building society”.

There are many domestic and business case studies on their website. Two are:

leicester social housing solarIn 2012 EvoEnergy worked with Leicester City Council in a bid to reduce the city’s carbon emissions. Solar PV was installed to over 700 homes in Leicester, allowing social housing tenants to benefit from lower energy bills. Leicester City Council intends to continue the scheme with EvoEnergy in a bid to reduce the region’s fuel poverty numbers.

Former Radio 4 Farmer of the Year, Andrew Dennis is the fourth generation of his family to manage Woodlands Farm at Kirton, Lincolnshire. The farm has an organic and biodynamic mix of arable crops, sheep, cattle and horticulture, a box scheme to deliver fresh, seasonal produce to homes across Lincolnshire and the East Midlands.

woodlands organic solarAndrew commissioned EvoEnergy to install 560 solar PV panels on the roof of the farm’s packing shed. The power they produce – up to 118,000 kWh of electricity a year – will power the cooling and refrigeration systems, making the packing and storage facility self-sufficient.

Working with Nottingham City Council, Evo-Energy have installed solar in 20 schools, generating enough energy to power 100 laptops, 100PC desktops, 100 22” LCD monitors and 100 light bulbs continuously for 8,362 hours.


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