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Second Press Release

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Greening Campaign Press Release

 

HORSHAM’S GREATEST CHALLENGE……is almost here!

The Greening Horsham Campaign invites all residents of Horsham town to the Launch Event on Saturday 6th March 11am to 1pm, to be held in the Parkside Suite of County Hall North, North Street

(formerly Sun Alliance).

See how you can save money along with energy and our natural resources.

The Greening Horsham Campaign aims to show that collectively a town can do much to save huge amounts of carbon and into the bargain you will also save money. A Win-Win action! You will also have the satisfaction of knowing you have helped to save the future of the planet for our children and their children.

 

So note this event in your diaries and come along..

We look forward to seeing you.

 

Look out for the Challenge Card inside the next edition of Horsham District News, coming through your letterbox soon.

9 February 2010

 

 

News from the Eco Fair

Solar Photovoltaic Systems

This is one local resident's experience of installing and using a Solar PV system.


With interest rates at a record low it occurred to me that Photovoltaic Solar Panels might just be worth investing in and would satisfy my environmental desire to benefit the planet albeit in a modest way. They would increase the value of our property so Roger and I decided it was a win-win situation.

Having done our Research we embarked on sourcing a supplier, shopping around is always advisable for major projects. Be prepared for some hard sales tactics, double glazing salesmen have reinvented themselves as solar panel salesmen. Despite being advised that we didn’t need planning permission fortunately we did contact our local council and were informed that we needed to apply for a ‘lawful development certificate’ as the panels could be viewed from a public highway. This cost £75 and actually was the only serious irritation in the whole process.

With our supplier chosen, our deposit lodged and our certificate in place we waited two months for installation; such was the demand for the product. Due to the accessibility of the garage roof, where the twelve panels were being fitted, the installation took just six hours.

Upon completion we registered with our energy supplier and watched the DC/AC meter start to click over. After three months we submitted our first reading on the 20th December and were duly sent a cheque for £78. This equates to a 3% annual return on our investment which isn’t bad given the atrocious weather in November and December.

So my top tips are:

  • Do shop around; there was a £5k difference between the highest and lowest quotes.

  • Be prepared to be the target of some aggressive selling tactics.

  • Do talk to your local council and energy provider early in the process.

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Generate-your-own-energy/Sell-your-own-energy/Feed-in-Tariff-scheme

 

Sally

Feb 2011