It still perplexes me why the central region of the country seems to be the UK's hub for solar when the south west has a greater level of insolation (new word I learned, means lots of sun). Still it is the home to a number of free solar installers and has one of the highest levels of solar uptake in the country.
Free solar panel offers in the Sheffield and Barnley area are thought to be the reason for them outranking Cornwall for the number of solar panels installations in 2010. A vast majority of the installations are 3.3kW which is the same size as the 18 panel system that A Shade Greener installs.
Many of the installations in the Sheffield area are no doubt down to the offers from the free solar panel installers located in that area. A Shade Greener is located in Barnsley, GEP Solutions are based in Sheffield, Heatscape is in Derby, E.on Energy (Eon free solar panels offer) is in nearby Nottingham, Viscount solar in Wakefield, Eco One in Leeds and U Energy in Huddersfield. If you live in the Sheffield area you can apply for free solar to register your interest.
This is a list of installations of residential solar photovoltaic systems that were registered in the Sheffield (S) postcode area broken down by local authority. The Ofgem data that the figures are based on do have quite a few errors but the figures give a good indication of the amount of solar PV that was installed during 2010.
Sheffield does claim to be the greenest city in the UK but them again so do many others. They have however refurbished a mid-terraced house taking it up to an A rated home. As part of the green improvements solar photovoltaic panels were installed. The solar panels were installed where the chimney would cast a shadow over one of the panels. To reduce the effect of this shadowing micro inverters where used rather than a single inverter.
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