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Swedish visitors – Välkommen!

A few months ago we were contacted by Annelie Våhlin from Sweden, who told us: We have four small villages in the countryside working in different ways to become more sustainable and less dependent on fossil fuels. We are planning for a study trip to England, to visit some other projects connected to the transition […]

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Back on track

The results are in, and we are definitely back on track. The headline news? The latest meter readings show production in March is happily higher than average, at 129% of expected production. So, thumbs up. The nitty gritty? For the graph and number enthusiasts, here are the breakdowns.  Graph 1.  Average daily output – with […]

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All wired up

Following on from our discovery of squirrels nesting and nibbling under our panels we have taken action to try and stop them coming back. NBC pest controllers have fixed wire mesh around our entire array. A big thank you to Mark and Shaun for their hard work attaching the mesh. They had to cut each […]

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Sunny Money – GRC receives nearly £3000 from solar panels

We have paid the Gloucestershire Resource Centre their share of the money earned from the solar panels during 2013. With the recent storms and wet weather, it may be hard to remember the lovely summer we had last year. That fine weather has now paid financial dividends for the GRC, as they have received their […]

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Panels fixed – are we back in business?

The generation problems at the end of 2013 were eventually discovered to be squirrel damage. After replacing and repairing some of the panels we have had our fingers crossed that we have solved the issue. The good news is that we appear to be back in business, and the panels are generating well again. The […]

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Mystery solved. Guess who?

The mystery of the problem with the inverters has been solved.  And it turned out that the problem wasn’t water damage, but instead our little furry friends Sciurus carolinensis. Or in other words, pesky squirrels. The squirrels have been making their homes underneath the panels, and having a good nibble at the wires while they […]

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Solving the panel problems

Good news, R-ECO will be working on the roof to fix the fault with the panels on January 21 – 24. As we reported at the end of 2013 we had noticed problems with the output on one of the inverters on 8th November. We think this is linked to the shading on one of […]

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2013 – How did we do?

It’s time for the big reveal of how the solar panels performed in 2013. Total for year 2013 was 104% of expected profile. Hurrah! By comparison 2012 was 98% of profile. The graph below shows 2013 in blue, 2012 in red and the estimated output in green. It shows clearly how it was the sunny […]

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Generation problems

Straight after the good news of a high output for 2013 so far from the CityWorks solar PV, comes some bad news. We noticed last week that the system was showing some ongoing faults, and it turns out that one of our inverters has not been working since November 7th. At this point we do […]

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Sept to Oct 2013 – How are we doing?

How are our solar panels at CityWorks doing? And the answer is for the year so far – 7% above expected levels. This is great news, and is mainly attributed to the sunny summer. The graph below shows the generation from this year (in blue), and last year (in red) compared to the expected generation […]

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