About eighty properties in the Parish have roofs
with aspects suitable for solar systems of about 4 kW each.
A 4kW south facing array would pay for itself
over its lifetime at current electricity costs and save 1 tonne of CO2
The economics of fitting solar panels now
depends on the use of electricity in the building, being best when houses are
occupied during the day.
The grid connection rules currently would make
siting solar arrays on barns in the Parish uneconomic,
but this might change in the future.
The general feeling before the study was that we
did not want to site a solar farm, i.e., a large array of ground mounted, photovoltaic
panels, on good agricultural land. There is little low grade agricultural land
in the Parish, but there is one small area near Lincoln Hill which could be suitable
and potentially able to accommodate a 400 kW solar farm.
When the quarries to the north of the Parish reach the end of their
life, they are not suitable for solar farms even floating ones, due to their
location and, in one case, a flooding risk.
contains details of the different types of solar panels available generating
electricity, how they can be mounted, and has links to useful sites to predict
what a system would produce and cost. It touches on the planning permission
aspects (on which we are going to continue to lobby the county council).
For individual properties solar
photovoltaic systems are not as lucrative as they were due to the closure of
the feed-in tariff scheme, but they are still worth installing and domestic
ones could save 1 tonne of CO2 a year.
If an additional fifty properties
in the Parish installed solar panels, then we could save 50 tonnes of CO2
a year, just under 1% of the target.
If a 400 kW solar farm was installed, then an
additional 100 tonnes of CO2 a year could be saved, another 2% of