Old Home Super Home

21/03/2011 at 3:50 pm | Posted in Home Energy saving, Solar power | Leave a comment

Can you make an older home into an energy efficient one, fit for the 21st century.
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April 2011
I shall be having a Spring Opening at my house in Balsall Heath. You will be able to see a range of energy saving measures to cut demands of central heating, save water etc. I will explain how I generate solar electricity and the economics and practicalities of this. It is not a sales exercise but an opportunity to learn from other homeowners.
At the same times, another energy efficient house will be having its first opening in Kings Norton, which I thoroughly recommend if you can get down there.
All the details and booking arrangements are on the website Old Home Superhome which is a national scheme link here


Birmingham’s First Solar Roof on a Church

01/03/2011 at 3:42 pm | Posted in Community energy, Solar power | Leave a comment

Balsall Heath Church Centre now has the first solar roof generating electricity on a church in Birmingham. Congratulations everyone. We believe it to be the first of its kind in the UK. It is thin film, amorphous, flexible and lightweight, stuck directly to the roof membrane beneath. Under that is 120mm of insulation, which should hold heat within the building. 8 kilowatts will be generated in strong sunshine, and the panels should produce some power even in dim light. The ‘feed-in tariff’ for the green electricity payable to the church will help support the day centre for the elderly which is there.
There will be an Open Day to learn more on Saturday 9th April 11am to 3pm – 100 Mary Street B12 9JU I am adding a page which describes the project in more detail
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