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UK overshoots yearly carbon budget 8 May 2019

UK Overstays its Carbon Budget for 2019

Today on 8 May is the UK’s Overshoot Day.  This means that the United Kingdom for the rest of 2019 is living outside the planetary boundaries and is stealing (because you don’t borrow something you can’t return), the carbon budgets from future generations and people in developing countries.  The Global Overshoot day is around the 1st of August, but those in more developed countries will hit their days earlier.  This must come to an end.  We must act collectively for climate justice.  We must move the date.  

Your Eco delivers renewable energy systems and consultancy services in the UK, and works overseas in a sustainable development capacity.

Why Solar PV for your business?

  • Funding – 100% fully funded with the VAT deferred 3-months to enable its recovery through your quarterly submission before paying it out.
  • Monitoring – Online Solar Edge monitoring system through a smartphone, tablet and/or laptop providing the real-time performance to module level and with the ability to set alarms to enable reactive maintenance
  • Maintenance – Your Eco will provide training to your in-house nominated individuals on the requirement so that any works, in the unlikely event they be required can be undertaken reactively in accordance with the monitoring system alarms and product warranties.
  • Warranties – Product warranty from the manufacturers on core components (modules and mounting 10-years, inverters 12-years and optimisers 25-years) and performance warranty of 25-years on modules ensure risks are mitigated on damage or failure. Note in addition we have only proposed bankable manufacturers (Solar Edge inverter/optimisers and Van der Valk mounting) with Trina being recognised as the world’s most financially solar panel for the 3rd year running by Bloomberg.
  • Planning – No planning required with the system falling under permitted development based on; not being within a conservation area, panels being 1m in from buildings edge and panels not higher than 1m from the highest point of the roof (they sit flush with the roof and below the ridge). You have several neighbours with PV installed including the Constabulary building which I was involved in and oversaw several years ago.
  • CSR – In a period of an increased need to act in the fight against climate change, the deployment of solar can both help off-set carbon within the business and demonstrate a positive intent and an underlying CSR commitment to your customers who are increasingly looking at ethical supply-chains and services providers.

Get in touch today on info@yourecouk.com or the form below if you or your business is ready to go solar as well?

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Points to Consider when Installing Solar PV

In delivering new build and constructions renewable energy elements there are some key factors that must be considered and are often overlooked, ultimately to the detriment of the client.

  • DNO & Regulatory Compliance – prior to installing a system anything over 3.68 kW per phase must have approval from your local DNO (district network operator) to ensure the local infrastructure can handle the additional load potentially being back fed. Without this connection agreement in place, any installation connected to the grid is at risk of being terminated with the sole authority sitting with the local DNO.
  • Planning Conditions – planning must also be considered within an installation, typically a 1m envelope is required around the sides to comply with Permitted Development. Modules that protrude over the ridgeline on a pitched roof or are greater than 1m in height from the tallest part of the building’s structure on a flat roof will need formal planning consent. Equally any building that is listed or sites within a heritage or conservation zone will need attention. It is always worth confirming the requirement with your local planning office.
  • System Design – it is important to design a system that meets the needs of you the client. There are many considerations here but importantly it is about balancing generation with consumption. The best financial returns are now realised through consuming what you generate hence the system should be tailored to these factors. Whilst steep pitched, south facing elevations create the higher yield, this is limited to a particular window of time within the day hence low-pitched, east/west facing roofs generate for longer periods throughout the day thereby more closely mirroring the load.
  • Structural Calculations – solar panels not only apply additional load to your roof but create wind uplift so you need to be sure your roof can handle the additional pressure. These calculations are provided during the design phase to enable them to be signed off by a structural engineer.
  • Integration with your Structure – your roof and it’s warranty to be dually noted, and in full compliance to avoid invalidation
  • Warranties & Bankability – these are assigned to your system and not the contractor so you are not at the mercy of your installer. You want to take comfort that the manufacturer is here to stay and can underwrite the warranty it provides. It is always recommended that Tier 1 and bankable components are used. Different length warranties are offered and it is always proposed that the following minimum periods are sought; Modules – 10-year product & 25-year performance / Inverters – 10-year product* / Mounting – 10-year product

* inverters are most likely to fail hence an inverter swap out provision is always suggested. 

  • DC Isolation and Fire Risks – increasingly common now are unforeseen issues and costs post installation relating to a significant uplift in your building insurance due to additional risks fire risks posed by the DC side of the installation, known as DC arcing. In some areas such as London, fire crews will no longer put out fires if they can’t be sure that the PV system can be isolated at roof level. Typically DC cables run from the roof to the inverter(s) in a plant room, however by installation optimizers at roof level this provides isolation at panel and roof level thereby mitigating the risk and minimising any significant uplift on your insurance.
  • Quality & Cost – many of the factors and potential additional costs set out above are ‘hidden’ and don’t necessarily come to fruition until your installation has been completed. It is often then too late to recoup these costs from your contracted company and you are left with an unexpected bill. It should also be noted that solar PV contractors are often twice removed from yourself the client (main contractor – (M&E consultant) – M&E contractor – PV contractor) hence significant additional ‘costs’ and margins are often applied. All of these ultimately adversely affect your returns. It is why we at your Eco Construction always prefer to engage with you from the onset and to work directly with clients, developers and architects alike to maximise your return and meet your requirements whilst reducing costs and ensuring quality throughout. It’s an investment to be realised and one for which you need a partner you can trust.

Get in touch today on info@yourecouk.com or the form below if you or your business is ready to go solar as well?