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…)
Becky Scott has renamed her boat for the mini fastnet race “GB-Sol” and can be followed using this tracker http://yb.tl/minifastnet2015.
It seems the entrants have all been struggling with lack of wind but the boat speeds are now increasing. Becky is racing solo and is using GB-Sol deck mounted solar panels to provide most of her energy needs.
Visit her website and learn more about this ambitious racer at: http://www.beckyscottracing.com/
Becky’s panels and other marine applications are shown below.
We have been supporting Becky Scott who is about to take part in the 2015 Mini Transat; a 4020 mile solo transatlantic race.
Here her new GB-Sol solar panels, which were bespoke for her deck, can be seen as they are just about to lose the sun.
Becky’s blog can be found here.
GB-Sol can manufacture bespoke panels for any deck click here to find out how.
GB-Sol have been working with Cardiff University on the SOLCER (Smart Operation for a Low Carbon Energy Region) project. The result can be seen in this brief video
A group of students from the Marine and Maritime Institute at Southampton University have designed and built an unmanned seagoing vessel. The idea is to be able to survey sea conditions and many other parameters over a period of time, without the expense of a large vessel with people on board.
The photo shows From left to right: Tim Christian, George Tuckey, Conrad Manning, Henry Hickson
The other team members are: Alex Garrod, George Johnson and Riccardo Felici. Supervised by Professor Stephen Turnock and Dr Alex Phillips.
‘Fortitude’ has successfully completed self righting trials and power-speed tests which have verified the basic design concept, it is now moving into trials to demonstrate the control systems on board. (more…)
We have added ISO14001 management system to our list of accreditations.
Following a recent audit the certificate was awarded to Tracey Jones, our production manager, by Barbara Johnson representing QMS the who are the certifying organisation.
With demand growing from housing developers for an aesthetic in roof solution for solar PV, popularity for our free installation courses for our Roof Integrated System (RIS) is growing.
The next will be on the 15th April 2015 at our factory near Cardiff. Spaces are capped for each course so if you re interested in attending please book now.
More details and booking options can be found by clicking this link
One of 60 houses being fitted with RIS in North Wales
For installers of PV systems, our training courses are offered giving a classroom introduction of our PV designs and a hands-on session on our training roof.
By completing our course you will become part of our installer group, having access to our design advice, pricing discount schedule, and referrals in your area.
We have an extensive network of installers who have completed our training courses right across the country. (more…)