Comments: Solar power

Considering your position on a ridge have you looked at wind power?

Posted by Ray on 18 July, 2021 at 5:36 PM

Ray, good question, yes, but unfortunately we can't meet the 'distance from man-made structures' requirements, plus it is often too windy up here for a small turbine, so it would spend much of its time having to be locked down, so not produciing.

Someone nearby does have an appropriate one for these conditions, but those are about £30K and often go wrong, and need hundreds of pounds of annual checks and maintenance, and without subsidies/FiTs now, it's just not economically viable.

So I shall just carry on using as little energy as I can, and knowing that what we do use is at least produced from the local wind farms.

Posted by Blue Witch on 18 July, 2021 at 6:13 PM

Our solar PV panels, installed in 2011, should have paid for themselves in a couple of years in FIT payments, and must already have done so in terms of free electricity used.

Posted by Tim W on 19 July, 2021 at 7:52 AM

Yep, because you're getting (I'd guess) somewhere about 50p per kWh, paid for by other consumers.

Yet another crazy scheme funded not out of public money, but out of the pockets of everyone connected to the grid, including those who can least afford it. Someone on a prepayment meter, paying 30p+ a unit so that people with solar PV can make money. It's not right, is it?

Not having a go at you, or anyone else (including us!) who put up PV panels for environmental reasons, just saying.

Posted by Blue Witch on 19 July, 2021 at 9:03 AM