The Energy group

Would you like?

•low cost or even free energy
•significant and attractive government incentive payments guaranteed
    for up to 25 years and rising with inflation

Then a Feed-in Tariff (FIT) or Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) may be what you are looking for.

What’s a FIT or RHI?
A FIT or RHI is an incentive structure legislated by the Government to encourage the adoption of renewable energy in the UK. The types of renewable energy included from April of 2010 with the FIT are:
•solar PV
•other (hydropower, energy from biomass and anaerobic digestion)

Other renewables that will be included soon which will come under the RHI scheme are:

•wood fuel burning boilers
•solar thermal
•heat pumps

Current News
FIT: Income currently tax free. You are paid for generating power – even if you use it. The current rate is 41.3p per Kwh rising to 43.3p on 1 April 2011 (the rate is 3p higher if the electricity is exported to the grid rising to 3.1p on 1 April).

Domestic RHI: will go ahead, with an interim flat rate payment for this year, and the proper launch starting in October 2012, but there is no details as yet on the rates. If they follow those for small non-domestic systems this will be very good at 7.6p/kWh for the first 1314 kWh, and 1.9p thereafter. But the non-domestic is to be metered, which we did not expect at all, so we do not know what method of assessment will be used for the domestic as yet.

What next?
See the useful links to sites related to renewable energy below for further information. Several members of the PAWS Group have had personal experience in installing renewable energy systems in their own homes and are able to relate their own experiences. Select the Contact Us button if you would like to contact us or come to our next meeting – details can be found by pressing the Events button.

List of Web sites – renewable Energy

Note: if the link does not work directly then copy the web address and paste in the address text box of your web browser. Useful information on renewable energy, heating, insulation etc. There is also a carbon footprint calculator. Its very interesting to find out roughly how much energy would actually be produced by a system with the unreliable English weather (both solar PV and hot water). How will it be affected on a cloudy day? and so on... 'Natural Watt' is an organisation that tries to promote renewable energy and assists people with installation and finance options etc. There is a very useful link at the top of the page.. 'Case Studies'. If you go through these you can see in real time (updated every 10mins) how much energy is being produced at any one time. Even a small system (1.5kW) will produce useful energy.  This site provided a detailed PDF book on the subject – all you could ever want to know and more. Some of the latest developments in the field are fascinating. Because of the very nature of Renewable Energy, precisely what you can run depends on where you are, what you want, and what you can afford! Wind & Sun has been in business for 25 years in the small scale renewables, designing, supplying & installing wind & solar electricity systems. Their site contains good quality information on a wide range of renewable options. This web page contains a list of other web sites that may be of interest. Compare solar panel specifications using Solar tool application, also a hub for energy related information and links.


Hopeful you will not need to be in contact with the local planning department but here are the local email contact points if you do. - email address for Whitchurch / Goring Heath / Woodcote / Mapledurham areas. – email address for Goring / South Stoke / Moulsford.

Rough guide to installing a solar PV system

Roof south facing +/- East/West.
Pitch (relatively minor factor).
0.8m2 for ≈ 1kW, typical cost from £4.5k per kW (2011).
What can your roof accommodate (plans from deeds, Google Earth)?
A typical system could be:

14.4m2 -10 panels of size 0.9 x 1.6 (m2)
1kW/m2 -average illumination from the sun in the UK
14% -typical panel efficiency
2.02kW system.

Find your installer (web search, phone books etc).or visit
Once installed contact your energy supplier and register for feed in tariffs (FITs).
The benefits:
•You are paid for the electricity you generate (both what you use and what you export)
•You reduce your electricity bill
•You add value to your house
•You reduce your carbon foot print.

A 2kW system might cost around £9000 and produce up to £1000 of income each year.


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