Not just for residential properties, a GB-Sol roof integrated system (RIS) can be a great solution to commercial, industrial roofing or asbestos roof replacement.
These buildings often have a much larger roof space and can benefit from a larger solar installation, ideally at 50kWp and achieve the optimal FIT rate. Also as they’re usually more energy intensive during the day, they’re ideal premises to benefit from the solar energy produced.
Depending on the size of the PV system and the energy consumption on site, very little will probably be exported and so higher returns and shorter paybacks can be achieved. (more…)
This week the BBC visit GB-sol for an interview with William Powell to launch the Lib Dem plan to protect the environment.
Plans to cut Wales’ net greenhouse gas emissions to zero and meet its electricity needs entirely from renewable sources by 2050 have been announced by the Liberal Democrats.
As the fastest growing PV manufacturer in the UK, GB-Sol is uniquely placed to offer a local solar experience.
That is exactly what we did recently for our local council, Rhondda Cynon Taff, producing enough panels for 30kWp systems for local schools in Mountain Ash, Beddau, Pontypridd and Llanharry.
The project included fitting displays to show the pupils how much power is being generated, the cumulative energy created, and the amount of CO2 that has been offset. The entire program was completed from start to finish in 5 weeks.
Manufacturing and installing five hundred PV panels with local installers AP Electrical within just 10 miles (more…)
GB-Sol have partnered up with Dwelle, a developer of new sustainable houses. Our roof integrated solar (RIS) photovoltaic system is now available on a new custom built ‘Dwelle.ing’ home.
Winner of ‘Britain’s Future Home’ award in 2013 for the ‘Lifetime Dwelle.ing’ , the design has enormous support and we are happy to be a part of it. The Lifetime Dwelle.ing proves that sustainable, energy efficient homes are not only part of the future, they already exist. They are also available at an affordable price.
With many different customisation options, there’s the opportunity to design a unique home in a simple and manageable way. (more…)
Professor Susan Roaf Chairwoman of ICARB asks ‘What’s wrong with the British energy policy – and how can we fix it?’
(In 1994 Sue was GB-Sol’s first Roof Integrated System (RIS) customer. Her well known “Oxford Eco House” was fitted with the very first solar PV roof to be installed in the UK, and she has been a strong advocate of solar ever since please see an article about her house in last weeks Sunday Times (29 Nov 2015). The following is copy of her letter to a government adviser and paraphrased in the Sunday Times).
Earlier this month Susan Roaf had been invited by the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt (UBA)) to attend a high-level workshop to discuss (more…)
GB-Sol’s accredited installer Eco-Trades, based in Paignton Devon, used our RIS array to provide a triangular array to provide a feature roof on this new home.
This picture shows the system mid-installation and shows the RIS frame installed ready to accept the PV laminate panels to complete and seal the roof.
The entire array was installed in a day despite the less than ideal weather. This quick and easy installation is one of the many benefits of the RIS system. (more…)
Property developers and builders whether building homes or commercial buildings are obligated by even more stringent carbon emission regulations coming into force in 2016.
Despite the proposed change in government grants from Jan 2016, Solar PV is still a very cost-effective way of making sure that new home and commercial buildings comply with the carbon compliance standards for 2016.
In fact, solar panel manufacturers have continuously reduced the price of solar panels since 2011, with prices having fallen as much as 70%. For the average new build home, the cost of solar panels is now less than £2000 whereas in 2011 it would have been nearer £6000. (more…)
DECC’s proposal for an 87% reduction in the FIT will have shocked all solar PV installers and there are many who are no doubt worrying where the orders will come from if this proposal is confirmed and introduced in January 2016.
But there are considerable markets available where the FIT is not necessarily the driving factor and we have the products to support them.
Everyone is aware of the small off grid opportunities but with the housing developers targeting 250,000 new homes a year, we need to be persuading them that a GB-Sol aesthetic in roof solar PV array should be included in all their new builds. Of course, the same applies to Housing Association new builds too. (more…)
Powered by the sun, this low cost three-bedroom house is the first in the country to produce and sell more energy than it uses.
Working with the Low Carbon Research Institute GB-Sol produced the solar PV panels in our Pontypridd factory for the Solcer House at Cenin in Stormy Down, Wales.
For every £100 spent on electricity used, it should be able to generate £175 in electricity exports. Photograph: Cardiff University
Part of the development used GB-Sol transparent backed modules which can be seen being installed using our RIS integrated system. (more…)
In 1994 Bruce Cross of GB-Sol was approached by Professor Susan Roaf with the ambitious plan (back then) of building a complete solar roof on her new home in Oxfordshire which was then designed and completed in 1995.
This was the first solar roof in the UK and on the 7th July 2015 Sue organised a get together of as many of those involved at the time to celebrate 20 years of this installation and the development of solar PV in the UK.
The roof was the basis of GB-Sol’s RIS integrated roof system which has been further developed to be capable of providing not only roofing solutions for any roof style but also facades as well. (more…)