09 Mar 2011 03:03:59
Zero carbon solar powers Dimplex offices
Dimplex is now generating zero-carbon electricity at its Southampton headquarters, thanks to an installation of its own solar photovoltaic modules.
The array on the southwest-facing roof of Dimplex's headquarters is around twice the size of a typical domestic installation, with 16 modules covering 27 square meters, to give a total output of 3.68kW(peak). It took just two days to complete the installation at the end of August and so far the system has generated 1007kWh of electricity.
The Dimplex modules are now providing income for each kWh that's generated, thanks to the Feed-in Tariff (FiT). This allows householders and businesses to take advantage of a generation tariff of up to 41.3p per kWh for locally-generated electricity, providing a guaranteed income for 25 years for installations up to 5MW. Higher rates apply at the start of the scheme, so early adopters stand to benefit most.
Clare Campbell, product marketing manager for Dimplex Renewables, says: "When we launched our solar PV range, we saw an installation at our offices as a ‘must-have' so that we are able to generate our own clean electricity on site, as well as to provide a working system for our installer training courses."
Dimplex's PV packages contain polycrystalline modules and all the components required for installation, offering a complete PV solution for residential and light commercial buildings. The modules have a surface area of 1.6 square metres, which is greater than most modules available, and deliver an output of 230W, with a module efficiency of 14.2%.
Dimplex has developed a software package to calculate what the return on potential PV installations would be through the FiT, given that hours of sunlight vary in duration at different locations around the UK. All users need to do is enter their postcode and the size of their planned installation to get an estimate of revenue potential and payback period.
For more information on Dimplex's solar PV packs please get in touch with us.
09 Jan 2012
Congrats on the installation but watch out!
I'm sorry to say that the ASA have banned the term "Zero Carbon Solar", which is used in the headline above, and which we had used without ASA challenge for 12 years. Academics at Bath University had studied the life cycle of solar panels (PV panels and our unique PV pumped solar thermal panels) and had concluded that they paid back their embodied carbon 6-12 times during their lives. On that basis we thought that solar could be at least called zero carbon, and surely Bath's evidence shows that they are actually far better than zero carbon.
We are now asking for permission to appeal this interesting adjudication. If we win, it will be on behalf of the whole solar industry, who will then be allowed to say zero carbon solar. Perhaps a more useful appeal that the current FIT court case! After all, the UK Government wants to deliver zero carbon homes. So why can't the products which deliver this carbon budget use the same terminology? More info here. http://www.solartwin.com/asa-ban-on-our-zero-carbon-strapline-reflections-after-a-week-of-hell
I hope this is interesting,. Barry.