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Record-Breaking Solar Output

  Something quite extraordinary happened on the afternoon of 30 June this year. For one hour, solar energy, all but briefly, overtook gas as the UK’s top power source. And that’s not the only record that has been broken this summer – between 21 and 28 June, solar broke the…

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Remaining Sustainable

Solar is very much a “fit and forget” technology – it is extremely reliable with virtually no maintenance or snagging issues, and as we continue to invest in product development, the longevity of panels increases. Solar PV systems are good for 30+ years, far outstripping a new home warranty. One…

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Simplifying Solar

Domestic and international demand for solar is growing. In 2017, the International Energy Agency announced that solar power was the fastest-growing source of new energy worldwide, outstripping the growth in all other forms of power generation for the first time and leading experts to hail a “new era”. From a…

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Solar in the International Context

National policies and local government targets all impact how housebuilders adopt and respond to renewable technologies. However, local government and housebuilders are also looking at the international landscape to see how solutions are evolving and being applied elsewhere. The California Energy Commission recently announced that the state is poised to…

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Innovating with Housebuilders

Eco2Solar offgrid solutions

We are continuously responding to the changing needs of housebuilders and are always looking at how we can improve our solutions. One new solution on offer is our Eco2Offgrid system. This is a hybrid power solution that works as a giant onsite battery on the construction site. Housebuilders can install…

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The Pitfalls Housebuilders Should Avoid

We often see housebuilders encounter the same pitfalls when installing solar PV across their sites. The biggest of these happens when developers choose to install solar PV through mechanical and electrical contractors, who will then subcontract out the installation process to solar specialists. This seems like the simplest solution because…

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Meeting New Build Energy Targets

Housebuilders have regional targets to meet on each new development, which specify how much energy site-wide should come from renewables. So what are the best energy-saving options for housebuilders at the moment? Well, there are numerous materials and technologies developers can use to support energy targets; they could install more…

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Frugal Innovation in Housebuilding

Housebuilders face a number of challenges in getting a new development off the ground; securing the right land at the right price, obtaining planning permission, making sure planning requirements are met, and – crucially – putting in place a strong supply chain to design and complete the build. Just about…

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Settling Into Our Bright New Home

We began 2018 in our wonderful new offices, just across the road from our existing facility on Hoo Farm Industrial Estate, and we’re starting to feel very settled! The move is part of a 12-month period of expansion for our company, which has also included the recruitment of 10 new…

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Using Technology to Live More Sustainably

In the previous post in this series, we began to break down the barriers to becoming more self-sufficient as individuals, so now I’d like to share with you some examples of what that might look like. On my own house, solar panels generate up to 70 per cent of my…

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