11 January 2016
Three roof schemes beat the Fit deadline!
Working with our partners Solarsense we have completed our first three community roof projects and thanks to their excellent efforts these schemes were completed before the 15th January deadline set by the government for the major reduction in Feed-in-Tariff for solar PV. The installations were actually completed before the 31st December so we have also avoided the smaller FIT reduction that came into force on 1 January 2016. The three schemes total 66kW with 50kW at Northleaze School, 10kW at Church House, and 6kW at the YMCA.
All three building owners worked hard with us, working to very tight timescales, to resolve the legal and financial issues involved in these schemes. Solarsense also had to overcome a number of technical issues as well as carrying out the installations in the middle of some very poor weather conditions over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.
We are particularly pleased to have completed our first school project at Northleaze School in Long Ashton. This is a church school and as well as the governing body who were very supportive we also received the support of the Diocese of Bath & Wells who own the school. We will be installing an on-line monitoring system and will be working with the school to develop an education programme focusing on renewable energy and combating climate change.
The vicar and churchwardens at All Saints Church in Long Ashton are also trustees of the school and Church House and their enthusiasm coupled with that of the governors and staff at the school were key to making the two Long Ashton projects a reality.
We are also grateful to the trustees of the YMCA who are committed to reducing both their energy costs and their carbon footprint. They have made major improvements to their old Victorian building in Clevedon and we hope to be working with them in future to make their building even more sustainable.
From 15 January the feed-in-tariff for roof schemes will be cut from 11.2p to 4.5p/kWh. Despite this we would like to encourage more schools and community buildings in and around North Somerset to get involved although the cost savings we can deliver will be significantly less. We believe there are also opportunities to work with large commercial buildings such as supermarkets and premises with high daytime energy demands to cut their use of fossil-fueled energy and reduce their carbon footprint.