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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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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Pylon problems

A new report by Cornwall Energy ‘Overcoming grid connection issues for community energy projects‘  has highlighted the big issue of grid connection that is holding back many community energy initatives. One of the key points is that high and variable connection cost quotations can cause surprises and derail projects.  If grid reinforcement is needed it […]

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July to Aug 2013 – How are we doing?

The weather has been scorching all summer and the numbers are now in, and the results are (cue drum roll)…above average! Which is of course exciting news. The graph below shows clearly how generation this summer (the blue line) has been above the average expected (the green line) and last years generation (the red line). […]

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Successful AGM 2013

We had a successful second AGM on Sept 5th 2013 in Highnam. Thank you to all of you that came along. Alistair Stevens from the Severn Wye Energy Agency talked about the work of the agency, with a focus on community energy. Next we had the business of the AGM for Gloucestershire Renewable Energy Co-operative. […]

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Community Energy Fortnight

We are pleased to support the first ever Community Energy Fortnight. This is an initiative of the Community Energy Coalition. Running from 24th August – 8th September, events will be taking place right across the UK. The aim of the fortnight is to inspire people about the wide-ranging benefits of community energy. To show our […]

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