12kW / 48 Solar panel installation
We were contacted by a member of the Masonic Hall in Ely who was keen to reduce the high electricity bills of the building. They had a good understanding of how solar photovoltaic (PV) works and asked if we could visit and provide a quote.
Upon visiting the building, Roly carried out a site survey which calculated that 48 panels could be installed on the south west facing roof producing approximately 10819 Kilowatt hours per annum. This would reduced their electricity bills by an estimated £1406 per year if they uses all the electricity generated.
Roly designed a solar pv system showing 3 sets of 4kW (16 panels). SunSolar black Monocrystalline panels were recommended as they are British made, utilise high quality components and techniques during the manufacturing process and come with an impressive 25 year warranty. We also recommended ABB inverters as they are very efficient, straightforward to fit and look neat when installed.
The members of the Masonic Hall were happy with the recommendations and approved the quote.
The installation needed to be completed before the end of September as the Feed-in Tariff was predicted to reduce by 10%. We changed a few jobs around to allow us to meet this deadline.
During the installation we made alterations to the electrics and also installed a solar iBoost (an immersion heater controller that uses excess generated electricity to heat water for free). The intelligent wireless system adjusts its power control with the varying building consumption ensuring only excess PV power is being diverted to heat the hot water.
The installation of the 48 solar panels and Solar iBoost took our team just three days to complete. We worked closely with Michael to arrange access to the building throughout the installation. Our professional team kept the site tidy and ensured there was minimal disruption enabling the hall to be used in the evenings.
Following the solar pv installation, the Masonic Hall were able to apply for the Feed-in Tariff (FiT), a tax-free payment paid to the registered owner of an MCS approved solar Photovoltaic (PV) installation for every kilowatt per hour generated.
This project was a wonderful opportunity for Eco Installer and we are delighted to have completed another large solar installation in our local town.
This week (Monday 7th September – Sunday 13th September) is Chimney Fire Safety Week organised by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
The aim of Chimney Fire Safety Week is to raise awareness of safe chimney use and the importance of regular chimney sweeps.
According to HETAS (official body recognised by Government to approve biomass and solid fuel heating appliances) said there were 7,700 chimney fires in 2013/2014 in Great Britain. The majority of these fires could have been prevented by having the chimney swept.
As we head into the winter months, many people will be lighting the fire for the first time in several months. Before you do this, we recommend you have your chimney swept by an approved sweeper.
The below images show the difference a chimney sweep can make:
In-between annual sweeps you can carry out the following safety checks:
- Ensure pictures, ornaments etc are not placed too close to the wood burner/mantle-piece
- Inspect your chimney regularly, particularly in the roof space to ensure that it is sound and that sparks or fumes cannot escape though cracks or broken bricks
- Test your CO2 and smoke alarms monthly
Our team of HETAS approved engineers are qualified to carry out stove and chimney inspections and also chimney sweeps. To book an appointment with our dedicated team please call our office in Ely, Sutton on 01353 669000 or e-mail [email protected] and we will in touch.
After putting the heating on Miss Young discovered a radiator had split causing water to pour out over the wooden flooring of her family home. Unable to stop the leak, Miss Young called our office in a panic, Shane was able to give instructions over the phone to stop the water flow.
Miss Young had two small children and was keen to get the heating back on as soon as possible. We managed to move a few jobs around so our Engineer Jack could visit and replace the radiator the same day.
“I was extremely impressed to receive an appointment to have my dripping radiator looked at the same day I called. Jack explained what the problem was and replaced the radiator quickly and efficiently. He checked the system worked properly before tidying up and leaving. Thanks for saving the day”. Miss Young
We are delighted to be shortlisted for two prestigious Ely Business Awards. We are in the running for the ‘Medium Business of the Year’ category and ’Employer of the Year’ category. We will find out within the next two weeks if we have also been shortlisted for the ‘On-line Business of The Year’ category.
Roly Gurner, Managing Director at Eco Installer, said: “We’re delighted that our work has been recognised by the Ely Business Awards for the second year running, it’s a real credit to the whole team that we’re finalists in all categories entered. We’re looking forward to the awards evening in October and celebrating with all the other nominees.”
The awards evening is taking place on Friday 2nd October 2015 at the stunning Ely Cathedral. We will keep you up-to-date with how we get on – watch this space!
Ely Business Awards 2014:
4kW Multi-fuel Colbeck stove installation
Our customer in Mepal called us with an interest in having a 4kW multi-fuel Colbeck stove installed in the lounge of his family home.
Will Furness, one of our HETAS approved engineers arranged to meet the customer and carry out a site survey which looks at the suitability for the installation. The customer had a small space suitable in the lounge which is why the Colbeck stove was selected. Will was happy that the chosen stove would provide enough heat to warm the room comfortably.
The 4kW multi-fuel Colbeck stove benefits from being DEFRA approved and comes with a five year warranty. The built in air wash technology helps to keep the glass clean allowing the customer to enjoy the glow and flames.
The installation of the liner, flue and stove took Will just one day to complete. Our customer now has a stunning feature in his lounge; he is already looking forward to the cooler months so he can light his new fire.
4kW Colbeck Multi-fuel Stove for just *£299.95 (EX. VAT).
– DEFRA approved for smokeless areas
– Ideal for small spaces
– 5 Year warranty
– Air Wash technology
Call us today on 01353 669000 to take advantage of this special offer and receive your FREE site survey.
(*Stove price only, installation and any flue components additional)
Jack, one of our Apprentices has been busy with a bathroom installation for one of our existing customers. We are delighted with the progress he has made over the last 3 years and also the great feedback he has been getting:
“We recently engaged Eco Installer to refit our cloakroom in Huntingdon. Jack turned up on time at 8.30am with the selected toilet, basin and taps. He removed the existing toilet and fittings and did a fabulous job of tidying up the old pipework under the sink. The installation was completed promptly and to our entire satisfaction. I would highly recommend and will use them for any future plumbing and electrical works”. Mr Scott
4kW Solar installation on a narrow boat
We met Les when exhibiting at the Haddenham Steam Rally. He explained that he already had solar panels on portakabins by his house and asked the question if it would be possible to install a solar array on his narrow boat which he had taken out of the water and turned in to an office/chandlery.
Following a visit to the Earith Marina, Roly felt with careful planning the solar installation could take place. Roly calculated 16 panels could be neatly installed side by side producing 4kW’s of electricity per annum. We recommended Perlight Delta Black Mono Crystalline Panels which have excellent build quality and Superb Performance levels. Consideration for the roof fixtures was very important to ensure there was minimal impact on the roof.
Les was pleased with the design and quote received. The installation took our Engineers just 5 days to complete. As Les was unable able to get an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for the boat, he was unable to apply for the higher rate Feed-in Tariff (FiT). However with the constant requirement for electricity at the Marina, all the electricity produced would be used providing a payback period as good as any other installation we have done.
Our Engineers enjoyed this different type of installation, its great seeing solar panels being used in different ways other than on the roof of a house or commercial property. Solar installations on boats are becoming more popular as people become increasingly self-sufficient. If you would like to find out more, please give us a call on 01353 669000 or e-mail [email protected]
Existing customers Vicky and Steve contacted us when they planned to update their current bathroom. Shane visited their home, and between them all they came up with the perfect design. The bath, sink and toilet were replaced, a towel rail and radiator was added. As the bathroom was darker than they liked, our engineers Tom and Jack neatly knocked a hole in the wall and installed a window allowing natural light to flow though.
The client tells us that Tom and Jack did a fantastic job providing another very satisfied customer
“Happy to have used Eco Installer to do our bathroom having used the guys for our heating and solar panels. The guys are good and we are happy to leave unattended at our house. The install took longer than we expected for the bathroom.
One minor mistake with the shower was bought to our attention and all was rectified. Honesty and integrity is important and means a lot to me as a customer. We are happy with the end product and both my wife and I enjoy working with the Eco Installer team.”
Government funding for renewable energy is running out, act now before it is too late
Thinking about buying a biomass boiler? If you want to secure the best rate of payment for generating your own heat then you need to act now.
Time is running out to get the highest tariff rates for a biomass boiler under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The tax-free, index linked quarterly payment to owners of MCS approved renewable energy heating and hot water systems was launched in April 2014 for domestic customers and November 2011 for commercial customers. Since the launch of the RHI the tariffs have been reduced significantly:
Domestic Biomass installations
April 2014 – 12.2p per kWh
July 2015 – 7.14p per kWh
Commercial Biomass installation (under 200kW)
April 2014 – 8.94p per kWh
July 2015 – 4.4p per kWh
The tariff for domestic biomass installations fell from 12.2p to 10.98p on 1 January 2015, to 8.93 from 1 April 2015 and then to 7.14 from 1 July 2015.
The rate for both domestic and non-domestic installations has reduced by almost 50% in just over a year and will continue to reduce until all funding has run out.
Please note: biomass stoves are still classed as “legacy” installations. Applications must be submitted before 31st July to achieve the higher rate of 12.2p/kWh.
How to apply for the Renewable Heat Incentive?
Before applying for the scheme, you need to have a Green Deal assessment which looks at the energy efficiency of your home. You must also have your new heating system fitted by a Microgeneration Certification Scheme-accredited installer (up to 45kW only). Following the installation, you log on to the OFGEM website and fill out the application form; our team will assist with this. (https://domesticrhi.ofgem.gov.uk/apply)
How much can I earn though the RHI?
The amount you can earn though the RHI depends on the type of heating system you choose and how much energy you generate. The RHI payment can cover air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps and solar thermal panels.
Eco Installer, your Local MCS Approved Energy Efficiency Team
Act now and give our team in Ely, Cambridgeshire a call on 01353 669000 to find out how much you can earn from the Government scheme before the funding runs out. Alternately please e-mail your Green Deal assessment to [email protected] and we will be able to give you an approximate calculation.
18kW Warmflow Biomass Boiler
Andrew and Kathryn’s recent Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) indicated that their current heating system was not very energy efficient. The under sized existing electric boiler wasn’t meeting the family’s heating and hot water requirements. As the house wasn’t being heated properly, there was a risk of mould and damp problems developing.
During the solar installation on the roof of their family home, Andrew asked if we could provide a solution to update their current heating system. Roly discussed the possibility of installing another wood burner with the existing electric boiler or a Log Gasification boiler but due to space and on-going demands this wasn’t a suitable option. An Air Source Heat Pump could have been a possibility but Andrew wasn’t keen on upgrading all their radiators.
There was an outside space almost hidden behind the family home where the solar inverter was placed; having an external biomass boiler in the same area was agreed. This would give good connections between the boiler, hot water tank and radiator pipe with minimum disruption.
Roly calculated a 18kW biomass boiler was required to meet the family’s heating and hot water demands. With a reputation for quality and reliability, high energy efficiency and weather proof casing, an external Warmflow Biomass Boiler was recommended.
With the built-in 120 kilogram hopper, Andrew and Kathryn can expect to refill the boiler with wood-pellets every 7 to 10 days depending on heating requirements. The convenience doesn’t stop there as the system has automatic burner cleaning, de-ashing and modulation power output all at an affordable price.
Andrew was particularly impressed with the user-friendly controls that let him know when the pellets are running low, when the ash box requires emptying, and that everything is okay with the system in general.
Andrew and Kathryn will look forward to enjoying a warmer home, with lower heating bills and a boiler that provides an income every time it runs!
“We have for several years been dissatisfied with the heating of our property. It was provided by an electric boiler charged overnight on Economy 7 and heating the rooms through conventional water filled radiators. The capacity of the boiler meant that the water temperature in the radiators had to be kept low in order to provide ‘heat’ all day without having to ‘boost’ the boiler with expensive day rate electricity. As a result of our regime our heating costs were low albeit that the house was cold! We provided additional heating to our lounge by the use of a coal/wood burning stove which since one of us retired was in use all day.
We discussed at length our heating requirement with Eco Installer following an EPC assessment and considered all the options available that would qualify us for the finance available through the Green Deal’s RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive). As a result of those discussions and considering the benefits and financial considerations of replacing our existing system we decided to place an order for a biomass boiler fuelled by wood pellets.
Eco Installer recommended a Warmflow which has been designed to stand outside without the need for a covered area to house the boiler. The installation was completed in a week as planned; we are looking forward to warm house this winter! We have had already seen benefits gained through the system being ‘pressurised’ resulting in a significant increase in pressure in the hot water system seen in our showers and hot water taps.
We have taken delivery of a pallet of bagged wood pellets by a supplier who was able to offload next to our covered storage area so we are all set for the winter.”
Andrew & Kathryn Lampert
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