Aparently the planning fee for solar is zero in Wales (according to a
BBC News website) but ERYC think differently. I suppose they have to
get money from where they can to top up early retiring executives
pension pots and make column inches for Private Eyes Rotten Borough
Even if I had gone down the barn roof route I would have been faced
with an old corrugated sheet barn roof.
I was even tempted to use a ground mount but I would have had to fence
it off from inquisitive livestock etc.
At the end of the day I chose the house roof option but console myself
the paddock ground in front of the house is clear to bury a ground
loop heat recovery system in at some time in the future if the price
of oil rises again.
I noticed in my local planning applications one for the building
of a barn/ animal shelter, on the roof of which it is proposed to
mount solar PV panels.
The applicant clearly finds the standard clauses in the Design
and Access Statement a bit tedious:
The policy or approach adopted to access, and how policies
relating to access in relevant local development documents have
been taken into account.
"My policy is that users will be expected to make their own way
into the development using their own four little legs. There will
be no restriction on access as long as they all use the open side
and not try to go through the walls."
The planners can't have been too upset - permission granted.
Chris J Dixon Nottingham UK
I have no experience of these inverters, but high power electronics
does have limited life, and I would factor in 2-4 inverters in the
price to cover that period, depending on the design/build quality
(which might not be indicated by price). Even if you found a 25 year
guarantee, the chances of the company still being around wouldn't
It's a very bad investment, which is why it has to be so heavily
subsidised. PV panels are horribly inefficient, which means there's
probably much scope for inventing more efficient products in the
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On Mon, 14 Feb 2011 13:04:18 +0000 (UTC), firstname.lastname@example.org
(Andrew Gabriel) wrote:
If you are prepared to take the subsidies, it's a pretty good
investment. Had a quote which would give me just over 10% tax free and
Photosynthesis is 3-6% efficient in producing chemical energy
according to Wikipedia. Run of the mill crystalline panels are about
14%, the best readily available panels are just over 20% efficient.
That doesn't look too bad to me. (Yes, using the heat in solar thermal
panels is more efficient, but heat is cheap, electrical energy isn't.)
Actually they are reasonably EFFICIENT. Just horrendously expensive.
PV panels are horribly inefficient, which means there's
No, but cheaper ones are possible.
There is nor enough energy in a roof however t fulfil most peoples
domestic energy needs. If you are frugal, you may be able to do a fair
amount of the domestic electrics, though.
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