Details of Transition Town Marlow's Solar 100 Project

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A description of the Transition Town Marlow group in general and their specific project to establish 100 solar panel installations in Marlow.

A description of the Transition Town Marlow group in general and their specific project to establish 100 solar panel installations in Marlow.

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  • Welcome everyone (including our partners GE, FS, Council) Purpose of today’s meeting
  • 100 = visible
  • Independent and inspiring company: GE with high ethical standards; won numerous awards for their work; considered to be the greenest energy supplier in the industry.FS: very impressed with how they run their business and subsequently the work they’ve done and technical support


  • 1.
  • 2. Welcome to the Public Meeting
    Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School
    Supported by Good Energyand Freesource Energy
  • 3.
    • Welcome!
    • 4. Aim of Transition Town Marlow & the 100 Solar Project
    • 5. Why we chose Good Energy & Freesource
    • 6. Overview of the discounts (rebates)
    • 7. Where we are now
    • 8. Meet our partners
    • 9. The Technology
    • 10. Good Energy and Feed-in Tariffs
    • 11. Q & A – “Solar” Panel
    • Transition Town Marlow
    • 12. New group, eight of us set up in May 2009; 52 members
    • 13. People in Marlow who are concerned about the environment, climate change & reliance on fossil fuels
    • 14. Meet once / month to discuss projects: 350 cycle ride / Hustings Meeting / Carbon Workshops / Marlow’s100 Solar Project
    • Why we set up Marlow’s 100 Solar Project:
    • 15. Initially: benefit from being a serious negotiating partner: secure much better pricing and conditions
    • 16. Take action as a community to reduce our collective CO2 and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels
    • 17. Goal:
    • 18. As interest grew... to get 100 solar installations in Marlow (& surrounding area), i.e. a disproportionately high number
    • 19. Generate local and media interest in solar energy
    • 20. Increase the local uptake in solar technology
    • 21. Buying Group Benefits:
    • 22. Not-for-profit group – all savings pass to everyone
    • 23. Time we invested:10 companies / energy provider / architect + negotiating group savings
    • 24. Our knowledge and the skills of others (engineers, accountants, Carbon Coach, WDC representatives)
    • December 2009, decision made to partner with Good Energy together with their expert installers, Freesource Energy
    • 25. Finalised our negotiations in January 2010
    • 26. First 3 installations have taken place in March
    • How the buying group works
    • 27. Discounts (Rebates)
    • 28. 139 people have registered their interest
    • 29. 103 people registered for tonight’s meeting
    • 30. 23 Surveys carried out
    • 31. 3 installations taken place this month
    • Example prices and rebates (Solar Thermal – Flat Panel)
    • 32. Initially pay £3,780
    • 33. Then receive a rebate of £600plus 5% VAT = £630
    • Hand over to Alex (Freesource, MD) - The technology
    • 34. Coffee break
    • 35. Then to Hugo (Good Energy, Head of Generation Marketing) – GE overview + Feed-in Tariffs
    • 36. Q&A Session “Solar Panel”: Philip (Project Lead) / Dave (Carbon Coach) / Hugo (GE) / Alex (FS)
    • 37. Master of Ceremonies: Willi
  • Supported by Good Energyand Freesource Energy
  • 38. Freesource Energy – Experienced Renewable Energy Engineers
    Principle installer for Good Energy for Solar thermal, PV, Wind and heat pumps
    Other clients we service:
    National Trust, Sunrise London Scheme, Numerous local authority schemes, Blue chip commercial clients, Housing associations, architects, engineers, private clients
    Core team of 8 electrical, heating engineers and roofers in the field with up to 25 more available under subcontracted service level agreements
  • 39. MCS accredited installers for 3 years across 4 technologies
    In house design team
    4 in house surveyors, all trained on same courses asinstallers to ensure accurate assessment of sites
    Experienced electrical, heating and roofing teams
    Strong product range with flexibility to install into lotsof retrofit scenarios
    Very pragmatic, thorough and naturally cautious aboutthe choice of technology to ensure long termpeace of mind for the client
    Freesource Energy Further benefits
  • 40. Solar ThermalPanels
    Heats water using the sun’s energy
    Flat panels or evacuated tube technology
    Fluid in the panel captures heat, which iscarried to your water heating where the heatis exchanged, ready for use
    • Runs alongside a normal boiler with atwin coil tank
    • 41. Provides 60% of your domestic annual hot water
    • 42. Can heat swimming pools and pre-heats for large hot water demand
    • 43. Entry price £4,000 – 4,200 for a vented system with 2 panels
  • Suitable for domestic or commercial use
    Option to mount in or on roof (in roof = like a Velux)
    Advantages are:
    Build quality
    Flat Plate Panels
  • 44. Evacuated Tubes
    Suitable for domestic or commercial use
    Mounted on roof only
    Slightly higher output temperature
    Thermostatic cut off valve on the panel to prevent overheating
    Uses less surface area than flat plate
    Tubes can be adjusted to optimise sun angle
    Tubes can fail and require replacing
    Less durable than flat plates
  • 45. Solar Thermal Example Schematic Drawing
  • 46. Solar Photo Voltaic Panels
    Generates electricity from the suns rays
    Requires direct sunlight
    Highly applicable technology
    Generates DC electricity which is converted to AC for the grid via an inverter
    • 1kwp of panels = 8-10m2 of panels
    • 47. 1kwp will generate 750kwh per annum
    • 48. You are entitled to Feed-in Tariff income and will be paid for your generation
    • 49. Entry price £6,750
  • Photovoltaic Panels Schematic
  • 50. Supported by Good Energyand Freesource Energy
  • 51. Our mission and our vision
    We believe in
    Sustainable Energy for All
    We want to connect thousands
    of people with sustainable energy
    Energy Security
    Economic Stability
    Environmental Sustainability
  • 52. What we do
    The sustainable energy supplierof choiceWe supply 26,000 homes and businesses with100% renewable electricity
    The partner of choice for renewable energy generatorsWorking with over 1200 independent generators
    Thought leaders and innovators in sustainable energyLobbying to make lasting change at policy level anddesigning propositions that are leading the industry
  • 53. Sustainable energy supplier of choice
    Providing 100% renewable electricity, no coal, no gas, no nuclear.
    “For those consumers who want a green electricity supply, pure and simple,
    this is probably the closest they will get to it”
    National Consumer Council
    Source: 2008 Supplier fuel mix disclosure, NCC “Reality vs. rhetoric” report
  • 54. Partner of choice for renewable energy generators
    Good Energy works with and buys energy from over 1200 generators across the UK, delivering competitive prices, expert service and advice to:
    Homes producing heat and electricityusing solar power
    Businesses and communities making electricity from small scale hydropower
    Landowners and small holders usingwind energy
    Pioneers using bio-energy and wave power to produce electricity
  • 55. Thought leaders and Innovators in sustainable energy
    Through ‘thinking AND doing’ we help to
    overcome obstacles faced by energy users
    and generators. When our products are copied by
    big energy suppliers our reach leaps from
    thousands to millions.
    Good Energy 100%: born 1999
    Big six energy suppliers all follow and offer 100% tariff
    Good Energy HomeGen: born 2004
    Big six follow and start to pay domestic microgenerators
    Good Energy HotROCs: born 2008
    Government committed to implement renewable heat incentive in 2011. Big six energy suppliers to deliver
    Green Electricity Certification: born 2010
    Campaigning for transparency energy market delivers
  • 56. Feed-in Tariffs and Renewable Heat Incentives
    Feed-in Tariff
    ‘Beefed-up’ payment available
    to new renewable energy generators for
    every unit you produce
    A fixed payment for a fixed time:
    Solar PV gets 41.3p/unit for 25 years
    Renewable Heat Incentive
    A payment for renewable heat generators
    being introduced in April 2011
    The RHI consultation proposes that:
    Solar Thermal gets 18p/unit for 15 years
  • 57. Good Energy HomeGen
    • Award winning scheme launched in 2004. Supports over 750 generators
    • 58. HomeGen will pay Feed-in Tariff
    • 59. Suitable for solar PV generators
    • 60. Need to be a Good Energy customer
  • Good Energy HomeGen
    Award winning scheme launched in 2004. Supports over 750 generators
    HomeGen will pay Feed-in Tariff
    Suitable for solar PV generators
    Need to be a Good Energy customer
    Guide Only
  • 61. Good Energy HotROCs
    Good Energy HotROCs is the UK’s first Renewable Heat Incentive
    Pays domestic solar thermal generators 4.5p for every unit of heat energy they produce
    Government is introducing a Renewable Heat Incentive in 2011
  • 62. Good Energy HotROCs
    Good Energy HotROCs is the UK’s first Renewable Heat Incentive
    Pays domestic solar thermal generators 4.5p for every unit of heat energy they produce
    Government is introducing a Renewable Heat Incentive in 2011
    Guide Only
  • 63. Financing microgeneration through social lending
    Good Energy and Zopa
    By applying via Good Energy, lenders will see that your microgeneration project has been verified by Good Energy, making your listing more attractive to lenders
    Credit Unions- cooperative financial institution owned and controlled by its members. Operated to provide credit at reasonable rates, and other financial services to its members.
    • The world’s first ‘social lending’ platform, launched in 2005
    • 64. A marketplace where people lend and borrow money to and from each other, sidestepping the banks for a better deal
  • Together we can build a renewable energy future
    Start by switching to Good Energy
    100% renewable electricity
    Call the Good Energy team on 0845 456 1640 or sign up at:
    Complete the 100 Solar Project survey at
    or ask us for a paper survey tonight.
  • 65.
    • Next Steps:
    • 66. If you are interested in taking advantage of the 100 Solar Project Discounts, please sign up for a survey tonight!
    • 67. Freesource will be able to answer any specific questions about your own property and
    • 68. Provide you with a quote for your home
    • 69. N.B. no cost and obligation to go ahead at this point
    • 70. If you do go ahead, you pay a 25% deposit
    • 71. 25% on delivery of components
    • 72. Remaining 50% payment on commissioning
    • 73. Rebates are paid after 6 months and 12 months
    • Thank you for coming!
    • 74. If you have more questions – please feel free to ask any of our experts!
    • 75. You can also check our website:
    • 76. Or e-mail:
    • Or complete the online survey: