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  1. How far could you drive for the price of your mobile phone deal?

    General Charging Discussion
    Ever compared everyday costs that you never give a second thought to, with how far you could drive in your EV each year for the same amount? Worked it out for my BMW i3 and was staggered that my Vodafone £25/month deal could take me 8,500 miles on grid power, or 17,000 on PV. There's loads of...
  2. Solar Carports Ltd - Fuel your journey from the power of the sun...

    Ice Breakers
    Your comment about bad installers is the main issue there, as you rightly point out. The PV industry filled with cowboy installers when FITs were high, and these have mostly now vanished. Lots of leaking issues, especially where installers simply drilled through tiles and slates to install the...
  3. Solar Carports Ltd - Fuel your journey from the power of the sun...

    Ice Breakers
    Ah, I see what you mean, Sorry, yes, you're right. The only thing that's almost always true though is that a house roof is higher in the air than a carport or garage roof, so even if you place panels on a house and garage roof, each pointing the same direction, you'd expect the panels on the...
  4. Solar Carports Ltd - Fuel your journey from the power of the sun...

    Ice Breakers
    It does indeed matter very much what the orientation of the panels are, which was the point I was making. Fitting to a carport roof , facing the right way, would be better than fitting to a house roof facing the wrong way. That's the option that a carport or garage has when being constructed...
  5. Real World 330e "Electric Only" Range

    General BMW EV Discussion
    Agreed, battery storage isn't for everyone, due to the costs at present, but I went down this route several years ago and installed a hefty UPS system, with grid-link and 20kWh of usable storage. Best thing I ever did, as I live in the sticks and can keep everything running for a day or so in...
  6. Economy 7 - do i need to move over to it?

    General Charging Discussion
    Is there a standing charge with the smart meter?
  7. Economy 7 - do i need to move over to it?

    General Charging Discussion
    Time to fill some trailers with batteries and sell power to everyone on your street me thinks!!
  8. Meeting MP - Re: Chargers (28th) Q's?

    General EV Discussion
    Would he be in a position to assist in lobbying for Net Metering in the UK. The Scottish Government told us in a recent meeting that they didn't have the Devolved powers to introduce this north of the border and it would be up to the UK Government to introduce. This would give renewables a...
  9. Solar Carports and Electric Vehicle charging - looking at the setup

    General Charging Discussion
    We've been asked a lot recently, not only on these forums but directly via our website at www.solarcarprots.co.uk about the practicalities of using a solar carport, or a pre-existing solar PV installation to optimise the charging of EVs or PHEVs. Here are some thoughts to consider... Most roof...
  10. BMW i3, i8 and 330e used to develop solar carports...

    BMW i3
    Sorry, I should have been more clear on this. The Premier carport does not have space within its structure to store inverters, batteries etc, so these would have to be installed inside the house, or business to which it's electrically attached. The inverter would only be required if the customer...
  11. Scotland’s wind turbines provided more electricity than the country needed four days in a row

    Power, Fuel, Alt Energy and Environmental Impact
    Not to mention how much power it takes to keep the lights OFF during the day. Not many people realise that the LDR units used to keep the lights off during the day consume between 2 and 4 watts each....That's almost a power station worth of power used up just to keep the lights off during the...
  12. Solar Carports Ltd - Fuel your journey from the power of the sun...

    Ice Breakers
    Thanks again for all the comments, all taken on-board. I agree, where a house roof is facing the right way, and with no shading, PV would normally perform better than on the roof of a carport or garage. There are of course a number of drawbacks to fitting on a roof though, which I always tried...
  13. BMW i3, i8 and 330e used to develop solar carports...

    BMW i3
    The first of this type is being installed during the next 2 weeks, so we intend to augment our renders with actual photos. We have to start somewhere and the renders give a good idea of what the product is designed to look like. We bespoke design ports also, so many other designs will end up on...
  14. BMW i3, i8 and 330e used to develop solar carports...

    BMW i3
    I used the example of having a battery option for car forecourts, but in reality you'd still be best to connect it to the grid, even if this was by a temporary commando connection. We could certainly store enough in the port leg to keep a "demo" car charged, as this would generally not being...
  15. Why do we keep being told there's an energy crisis?

    Off Topic and Banter
    That does make for some very interesting reading indeed, and doesn't take into account what we will be capable of doing in the future by way of deep drilling. One thing is for sure, and that is....By the time we are doing this, all the reasons for not having done it will have gone.
  16. Why do we keep being told there's an energy crisis?

    Off Topic and Banter
    Admittedly, I was advised to at least try out these forums as a way to promote what we do as a business, and pay for the privilege of doing so as a site sponsor. I don't mind negativity at all, and to be perfectly honest i did expect a lot more. We are sticking our necks out here by trying to...
  17. Use your Car to power your home

    Kia Soul EV
    You can have as much as you like, PV wise, you just can't grid connect it without asking for a G59 connection. I use 12kW on a virtual grid, battery backed up, and 4kw grid tied. That gets round the problem. Not cheap, I agree, but I couldn't do without it, and don't suffer from power cuts, and...
  18. Use your Car to power your home

    Kia Soul EV
    The Danes have a decent system in place whereby you can "bank" up to 5,000kWh per year on your account from your PV, to use as you like. Irons out day/night, summer/winter fluctuations. Would be good to get it here in the UK, even if did get dropped at some later stage, or was limited by...
  19. Why do we keep being told there's an energy crisis?

    Off Topic and Banter
    Some interesting feedback indeed. It's good to get the brain working on a Sunday sometimes. There are always more reasons not to do something than there are for doing it. Extensive surveys of the UK have already identified the ideal areas for all sorts of geothermal heat and power stations. The...
  20. Solar Carports Ltd - Fuel your journey from the power of the sun...

    Ice Breakers
    Thanks for the posts, and sorry that you have misunderstood the intent of the figures. The point on savings simply demonstrates the stark and real truth about what savings would be made when comparing driving 13,600 miles annually on petrol compared to doing it on PV. The figures look completely...
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