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Smallholding => Renewables => Topic started by: bucketman on May 17, 2011, 08:53:46 pm

Title: Solar panels 2
Post by: bucketman on May 17, 2011, 08:53:46 pm
Hi All
Me again well my panels get fitted Mon 23rd early 50th b/day thing. Also bought a little leccy monitor thing to tell us how much leccy we use. It says that if I wake up my laptop it costs 1p a min more to run. Makes you think. Not going to do any thing different for a week and then sit down and think
rob
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: egbert on May 19, 2011, 07:46:51 pm
After a long wait our planning permission has been granted, so we get out solar panels fitted next week too. Such long delays and now everything is happening very fast. I really wanted some Leylandii chopping before they went in, but looks like that will happen after, so getting quotes this week and having to explain to the men each time that when they come to do the chopping there won't be the nice empty ground below anymore, just me very large ground mounted panels, so will not be amused if they drop a tree on them!   :o


Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: shetlandpaul on May 19, 2011, 08:54:11 pm
could you not borrow a saw and cut them down. thats a very expensive error waiting to happen.
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: bucketman on May 22, 2011, 10:16:06 am
Well got tomorrow off work to see panels go on my roof. The scaffold has been up since Thursday. So fingers crossed for a nice day tomorrow
rob
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: Daisys Mum on May 23, 2011, 07:17:47 pm

We have just signed up for ours today, now need to stop OH getting cold feet and cancelling. Outlay is 15 for REC panels so I am sweating a bit too as we are verrrrry close to retiring and that is a bit chunk of our savings.  :o
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: egbert on May 23, 2011, 09:03:32 pm
15 seems like a bargain  ;)


Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: bucketman on May 24, 2011, 07:23:29 am
we'll ours are all up it was 9 oclock when they finish so nothink happened the sun is out today so will look at the little meter they put in after work
rob
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: egbert on May 24, 2011, 11:58:29 am
There are 3 men outside setting ours up right now.  ;)

Can you show us a picture of your panels?
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: Daisys Mum on May 24, 2011, 01:27:46 pm

 ;D oops 15k  ::)
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: doganjo on May 24, 2011, 01:57:42 pm

 ;D oops 15k  ::)
What's teh projected income on that if you don't mind me asking?  I've only had one quote so far of 12K, and waitign fro three more to contact me.  That one said I'd get about 1K a year, but I can't rememebr if that included electricity saved or not
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: bucketman on May 24, 2011, 07:32:05 pm
sorry if pic is to late been in work
(http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x230/bucketmam/alldone.jpg?t=1306261701)
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: bucketman on May 24, 2011, 07:57:28 pm
mine came in at a little shy of 11k will go and have another look a my little meter 100th time today. It now says 14.9kw so if I get about 43p per kw thats about 6.04 not bad am happy plus got some free leccy today plus the export thing dont know how that works. So guess about 6.25 today brill. I know this figure will go up and down but its still good. mine is about a 2.9kw systerm
rob
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: ellisr on May 24, 2011, 08:03:54 pm
your F.I.T all depends on the tarriff you have chosen and how much you have said you will feed back to the grid. Most don't have meters on (yet) to measure how much is going back to the grid so they pay a flat fee. A solar application should pay back in it's life time of 25 years but that is income and savings from the system, it does not include how much value/saleability it adds to your property.
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: bucketman on May 24, 2011, 08:34:21 pm
we have signed up to a tariff of 43p for each kw the leccy co reckons we will export .5 of the leccy we generate and we save money on are free leccy think everyone gets the same I think
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: doganjo on May 24, 2011, 08:40:00 pm
That's the bit I don't underrstand - if you have a 2.9 kw system - is that the maximum output per hour? And how many hours a year would you generate?  I lent my quote to someone else that's why I'm picking your brains - can't rememebr what it said. ::)
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: ambriel on May 24, 2011, 08:47:35 pm

It's an interesting subject and one I'd like to take further - we have a south facing roof - but just don't have the cash.

Has any study been done on the long-term output stability of the PV panels? Does it drop-off as they age?
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: ellisr on May 24, 2011, 09:16:10 pm
Yes they do degrade but a decent PV panel should have a guarentee of 20-25 years. The company will give you an average output expected over the 25 years.

If anyone is at the bath and west show on friday or saturday next week I will be in the eco bit on the solar slate stand pop along and say hi
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: bucketman on May 24, 2011, 09:28:14 pm
If we got a perfect day/ hour 12 to 1 on that day the panels would generate 2.9kw. When the sun goes in its zero cloudy some where in between. Here they started generating at 7 and stopped at about 7 so 12hrs  and generated 14.9kw so about 1.25kw per hour not bad as it was a little cloudy. The average was shooting up between 11 and 3
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: Plantoid on May 24, 2011, 09:51:41 pm
I notice that most of you seem to be paying for solar panels ..is this because you do not have mains on stream?

there arre sevrral companies that will install them for free 9 beware of scams though 0 providing you have at least 5 sq mtrs of south facing roof .
 The finances of it all are to do with  the panels putting juice back into the grid at a higher price .. could this be of any use to some of your guys and gals ?

 I can't have it because my roof of 40 sq mtrs each side runs north to south .. they are not interested in a garage that has  proper  regulation complying electricity to it roof at present that faces south  it has to be the main dwelling for some obscure reason.

 just google free solar panels / free solar power etc and severla companied should come up   .. we found it attractive for  as I'm disabled medically retired and my lass is 13 1/2 yrs younger working from home on a PC the figures were in our favour by a fair margin.
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: bucketman on May 24, 2011, 10:27:30 pm
no where on grid but the FITS make it worth while if you have got or can borrow the cost to have them put in
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: kingnigel on September 04, 2011, 04:18:01 pm
these solar panes are amongst the things we are looking at for this year, so i have a question for someone who has had the fitted and who is receiving fits, are you going to get the income from them that you have been told to expect, what size system do you have and what drawbacks have you found after installation.
i have been told that the installation companies  have been instructed to give conservative quote on the returns so if that is the case what are the real returns
thanks kn
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: northfifeduckling on September 09, 2011, 03:47:17 pm
does anyone have practical experience with a company called "Electricity for free" from Glasgow?

http://www.electricityforfree.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=88&Itemid=119 (http://www.electricityforfree.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=88&Itemid=119)

best quote and specs  even outshining Tesco's 20% off...

 :&>
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: egglady on September 09, 2011, 04:44:23 pm
they're certainly a lot less ugly that HUGE wind turbines all over the place!
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: northfifeduckling on September 09, 2011, 04:56:59 pm
they're certainly a lot less ugly that HUGE wind turbines all over the place!

now you tell me what you think of them, Laura  ;)
I don't mind one or 2 privately owned smaller ones, but they do have to be quiet, a huge design fault with wind turbines! nerve wrecking at times  ::) :&>
Title: Re: Solar panels 2
Post by: egglady on September 09, 2011, 06:48:43 pm
they're certainly a lot less ugly that HUGE wind turbines all over the place!

now you tell me what you think of them, Laura  ;)
I don't mind one or 2 privately owned smaller ones, but they do have to be quiet, a huge design fault with wind turbines! nerve wrecking at times  ::) :&>

yup...trying being on a half ton of scared horse when they suddenly decide to start birling round.......that's a whole new dimension in "nerve wracking"...trust me i know!!!!