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Messages - RBurdett

I wouldn't recommend this, I can't see it yielding the value you would require vs the risk of damaging the panels, roof or god forbid yourself in the frequency of the move.

A automated sun tracking ground mount would be best, but they are not cheap, look fancy, but are unfortunately fairly expensive.

You could just fit cheaper panels to the other side with micro-inverters so it doesn't affect the overall generation potential negatively when not in full sun.
Solar PV / Re: Is it easy to install solar panels?
August 28, 2014, 03:15:42 PM
Hello Heather,

Solar panels can be installed by a competent DIY'er with some very good electrical knowledge.
However that said there are some very big reasons why this is not recommended.
1. If you wish to earn an income from the FIT (Feed In Tariff) then you wont be able to claim for it.
2. If you are not careful you could damage your roof and cause costly damage to your home.
3. if the system is not certified properly you will find it extremely hard to sell or re-mortgage your home and if and when this time comes your cries for certification may very well fall on deaf ears (I have heard of this happening before).

There are more reasons why but I'll leave that to the installers to explain.

All the best.

Solar PV / Re: Solar panel suppliers in South East
August 28, 2014, 02:57:33 PM
Hi there Andrew.

You can search for a solar panel installer here: [url=][/url] Just type in your local town or your postcode and 99% of the installers, both local to you and national will appear so you can compare and ask for a quotations. If you wish you can select the companies you wish a quote from, and click the 'Compare Prices' button, fill in your name and phone number and all the hard work will be done for you. I recommend getting a quote from 2 local companies and 2 larger nationals for a good price comparison.

All the best

microCHP / Re: I have never heard of this
August 28, 2014, 11:39:25 AM
Micro Combined Heat and Power (or MicroCHP for short) devices are a fairly new edition to the microgeneration market for small scale devices. These, in essence, are designed to directly replace your standard oil or combi-boilers in your home or business. They provide all the heat and hot water and also provide the added benefit of generating a small amount of electricity at the same time. Although not strictly a renewable energy they pose significant environmental benefits compared to standard boilers and grid generated electricity. Although not mainstream yet i'm sure they will become so in the coming years, especially when the fuel cell varieties come onto the market and are in full scale production. Baxi has a version available (the EcoGen) at the moment but I highly recommend it is avoided due to the lack of ROI on it.
More info can be found here: [url=][/url]

Kind Regards,

Cavity wall insulation should only be undertaken after a sufficient CCTV survey. The purpose of this is to identify any mortar snots that lie across the ties inside the cavity between the walls. Builders often forget to remove this excess fallen mortar, which conducts moisture through to the inner wall, causing damp spots to appear on your inner walls. If this inspection is not undertaken properly, or at all in some cases and you are unlucky enough to get damp appearing, then any savings you will have realised from reduced heating bills will have evaporated along with a significant pile of cash for the repair costs.

There are mixed messages in the ether about the true value of cavity wall insulation and even fewer quantifiable/tangible savings figures from those who have had it installed. That is not to say it is not worth having in the long run, but be forewarned, if installed incorrectly or your property is inadequately surveyed then it is a gamble I would wholeheartedly advise against.

More on this topic here: [url=][/url]

Richard.  ;)
General / Re: Want to Introduce Myself
March 11, 2014, 07:26:09 PM
Hello Aron and welcome to the Renewable Energy Forum.

I hope this proves to be a fantastic resource for both you and our other members.

All the best