Bring me sunshine… Tra La!

Even in Northumberland the sun makes a contribution to our power needs.

This morning I was invited to open a solar power station on a friend’s roof. Rather than shin up a ladder I was able to cut an artfully tied ribbon from around the handheld power meter whilst standing on the lawn. In the blazing midday sun the roof was generating 2.5kw. On their best day so far they have had 14kwh in total.

These are the sorts of developments that should be appearing everywhere and the new feed-in-tarrifs certainly help even though they do lag behind the best in Europe.

In Germany there are acres of solar photvoltaic panels. We must catch up.

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