Becky Scott Racing

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basecampAs we have mentioned before,  we are supporting Becky with her racing this year by providing our Leisure PV solar panels to provide her power requirements. The panels will be mounted on various elements of the deck and once attached can be walked on safely as Becky moves around the yacht. GB-Sol panels are used in a number of aggressive environments including providing power for buoys around the UK coast where reliability is essential. (more…)

Tesla’s push forward in Technology?

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Solar slates teslaTesla chief executive Elon Musk addressed an audience in Los Angeles as he unveiled his company’s newest energy product – solar roof tiles that look exactly like normal tiles.

Well, miles ahead of Tesla, GB-Sol already offers such a product… the PV Slate. Launched earlier this year, it’s designed to look exactly like natural slate and blend seamlessly into the roof. Each PV slate has an output of 40Wp so its output per square metre is comparable with standard solar panels.

Unlike Tesla’s offering, the PV slate is available now, and a completely British product, both designed and manufactured here in the UK. (more…)

GB-Sol’s New Sol-Port Solar Carport

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Solar carportsThis week, we completed construction of our ‘Sol-Port’ solar carport outside our factory. Nine photovoltaic (PV) panels are integrated into the structure providing a 2.25kWp system. This should generate approximately 1885kWh per year. The panels are semi-transparent, so there is a pleasing dappled light under the canopy, avoiding the dull, dark feeling created by a fully opaque roof.

We have now commenced the second phase, which is to install a battery storage system and double EV charging point. This will further increase our self-consumption of the green energy generated and allow our visitors to charge their vehicles. We hope that the display will demonstrate to other businesses and to EV drivers, how they can get the most out of their car park. (more…)

Come and see ‘Sunrider’ and ‘Evolution’ – 30 years of UK Solar Car Development

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SunriderThe Sunrider Solar car will be exhibited at Swansea’s Festival of Transport on 19th June in the National Museum of Wales Waterfront Hall.

It will be displayed alongside Cambridge University’s Eco Racing car to show the evolution of solar cars over the last 30 years.

Representatives from both the Cambridge team and Sunrider team will be there so come and pay a visit.

We will also display a solar-powered carport and charging station with an electric vehicle, the likely future for solar powered vehicles.

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The Green Party Visit GB-Sol

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GREEN-PARTYLast week The Green Party visited us at GB-Sol Ltd ahead of the Welsh Assembly elections.

Party leader Natalie Bennett visited with Amelia Womack, the green party candidate for South Wales Central and Anthony Slaughter the green party candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth.

The group came to see the new developments of the Cleantech cluster, a newly formed cluster of innovative clean technology businesses of which GB-Sol Ltd is a part.

The other members include Energy Transitions Ltd, Solar Polar Ltd, and our sister company EETS Ltd. (more…)

The Next Market – Industrial Roof Integrated Solar

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Industrial solar panelsNot 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…)

The BBC visit GB-Sol

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lib dem climate changeThis 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.

Halving the energy used for heating and electricity by 2030 is also among their environmental policies for May’s assembly election.

Lib Dem AM William Powell said Wales must do more to tackle climate change.

Locally ‘Grown’ PV

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Solar panels on schoolsAs 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 PV roof forms part of a Dwelle.ing home

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bespoke solar panelsGB-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…)

Who is killing off the UK solar industry?

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solar panelsProfessor 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…)

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