Cheltenham Green Doors 20th and 21st September – all welcome

Cheltenham Green Doors are holding their 4th open homes and the gardens annual event on 20th and 21st September 2014. Homes across Cheltenham and the surrounding area will be opening their doors over the weekend, to enable you to see how they are investing in and employing sustainable energies and ways of living. Cheltenham Green […]

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Summer Statistics 2014

The long summer days are behind us for another year – how did the panels fare over the peak summer months? Luckily, it seems like the bad squirrel days are behind us. Whilst not hitting the heights of summer 2013, the generation for 2014 (in purple) has been above the expected generation levels for all […]

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Solar Spring Statistics

The quarterly statistics are in. How have the panels been fairing? As we would expect the panels are getting towards their summer peak. However the generation figures have been slightly lower than average over the last few months. We suspect the panels may need some extra technical attention to get them back to maximum capacity […]

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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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Insulating Gloucestershire

We have been working for some months looking at the best way to help those in fuel poverty to improve the insulation of their homes. At the end of 2013 we hoped we had found a solution through working with the Energy Saving Co-operative on a pilot project in central Gloucester.  However it was with […]

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