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Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Monday, 22 May, 2006 - 05:21 pm:   

Anyone out there put up solar panels? I know that there is a large grant and no doubt loads of info on the net but some first hand experience would be useful.

I believe that someone in HOP is installing geological heating (or whatever it is called). We are not that brave!
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 22 May, 2006 - 06:15 pm:   

There are some on a house at the bottom of Woodcombe Cres. Been there a long while.
Joined 03-06-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 23 May, 2006 - 12:28 pm:   

I was doing a bit of research on this. Do you mean solar *heating* panels (cold water in/hot out) or photovoltaic panels?

The former are more economic. Photovoltaic isn't remotely economic if you have access to a mains supply (buying green electricity would probably be a environmentally more effective approach). Wind turbines for microgeneration are also pretty uneconomic unless you have access to the Horniman Tower!

As for grants - we seem to be 'between them'. They have stopped taking applications and keep promising a new scheme. Check out the 'Clear Skies' website for the latest.

I have to say the green movement should spend less time blustering on about sustainable generation and sort out the marketing and distribution of these devices. I'm a willing buyer, but I don't feel I'm being seriously sold to!

Oh and don't forget you will probably have to get Planning Permission.

Joined 03-06-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 23 May, 2006 - 12:36 pm:   

BD - Re heat pumps - checkout this:

Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 23 May, 2006 - 09:11 pm:   

The Mayor is considering installing a wind turbine on the roof of Laurence House, Catford.
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 24 May, 2006 - 07:20 am:   

There should be more hot air in the building than outside.
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Wednesday, 24 May, 2006 - 01:30 pm:   

Baggy Dave thanks all for their advice, but is temporarily out of action due to a chest infection. He hopes to resume normal service soon. For the older posters read as: Jeffrey Barnard is unwell

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