Norcroft Energy were proud to take part in this year’s Renewable Energy Exchange (REX) event at The Pavilions of Harrogate on 6th November.
REX facilitates meetings between those planning renewable projects and suppliers of renewable technologies. The event is predominantly attended by farmers and other landowners but this year other organisations such as local authorities, property developers and other SME’s also attended.
Solar PV was by far the most commonly talked about technology and one that many already had a good understanding of. We ran two discussion groups, one on Solar PV, and the other on Biomass Heating.
Solar PV installations for Farmers – Still a great investment
Opening with an overview of solar pv technology, we talked through the funding options and FiT incentives. There was much discussion around whether you should go for a roof or ground mounted system. This really depends on the individual property. For the best performance the solar panels should be South facing and angled at 30 to 45 degrees. If this is not possible on your roof, you may consider a ground mounted system but this needs to be out of the way from any areas of shading from surrounding buildings or trees.
For more information on Solar PV and how it works click here.
Biomass Heating for Farmers – A great way to slash heating costs
Biomass boilers provide both heating and hot water to both domestic and commercial properties in the same way as a standard boiler. They typically burn wood pellets, wood chip or logs. In our discussion group, we talked about the different boilers available, the size of boiler which might be required to heat each persons property, and the Renewable Heat Incentive available . One topic which was widely talked about was the most efficient biomass material to burn – wood pellets, wood chip or logs. Wood pellets are the most widely used fuel because they are purpose made to be burnt and have the highest calorific value, it is important to remember you only get out of a boiler what you put in.
For more information on how a biomass boiler works click here.
Philip Mosley, Managing Director at Norcroft Energy said, “The event is a great opportunity for like-minded people to get together and share their experiences. Whilst the one-to-one meetings give people the opportunity to ask questions relating to their specific circumstance, we found the discussion groups were equally beneficial. Not only did people get the opportunity to learn more about the renewable technologies, we found many in our discussion groups sharing experiences and helping each other. After all, they’re in a very similar line of business and can learn from each other.”