e-si Solar & Renewable Energy Workshop on 21 June 2010

June 17th, 2010 by Paul Fletcher

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Grid Connection, Buy Back and Metering Issues – Now and into the Future

Proposed Programme

12.28 – Meet at La Grande Mare Hotel – Sun moves South

12.30 – Introduction by Paul Fletcher CEO of E-Si

12.40 – Head for tour of system, 2 mins drive away – we will have transport to share

12.45 – Tour of Mr and Mrs Galpin’s solar systems

1.12 – Sun at its highest point over Guernsey in year

1.15 – Back at La Grande Mare – settle in get some refreshments

1.20 – Presentation of the issues and facts by Paul Fletcher of E-Si

1.30 – Discussion and Consultation

1.50 – Roundup

2.00 – Finish

Some Facts, Figure and Trivia:

  • The highest point of the sun is 13.12 in Guernsey, taking into account the ‘equation of time’.
  • This happens 12 minutes later in Guernsey after Greenwich.
  • The time the sun will be highest in the sky over Guernsey has a 12 second difference between Town to Torteval (north to south), i.e. the speed of the sun is such that it takes just 12 seconds to speed across the width of the island.
  • 11.28am UTC is when the sun transits from its Northern Limit and starts heading South – The Summer Solstice. This could happen in the early hours or the late hours of the day from year to year.
  • In GMT this will be 12.28pm on Monday 21st the Summer Solstice and the Longest Day of the Year.
  • In some traditions the solstice marks the beginning of summer, and figures such as St John the Baptist and the Green Man are celebrated on this day.
  • Known as ‘Jani’s Day’ in Latvia.
  • At the highest point, the maximum amount of solar energy is available, peaking at this time.

Thanks to David Le Conte of the Astronomy Section of La Société Guernesiase for the science.

You are invited to discuss with the people who matter and make a difference to our Clean Energy Future

I am organising this workshop to allow meaningful dialogue and consultation between all interested parties.

The idea to is to listen, then act at an appropriate stage in the future with full consideration.

E-Si were the first business to install photovoltaic and wind systems that produce electricity and connect it to the grid in the Channel Islands.

Think Electric, Think Change, Think Solar.

Planet Earth is at a pivotal point in its history.

Oil powers the economy, this is a problem. This has to change.

The most significant energy move the world can make is to install solar electric panels everywhere, throw out oil and gas boilers and install electric heat pumps for heating homes and hot water. Next look at tidal turbines in the sea. There’s many other things to do, too numerous to mention but includes loft and wall insulation.

To build a better world the world needs to invest in technology that underpins the economy sustainably, ad-infinitum, not fossil fuels that are running out and contribute to unrest in the middle east higher energy prices, spiralling inflation and power credit crunch. The Future is Electric, the Future is ‘Renewable’, i.e. an economy based on electricity that can be made again and again, and continually renews itself. Solar energy, the wind and the tide, the ground we walk on the air we breathe provides for more energy than we need from the Sun, the Moon and the Earth.

However what are the barriers to uptake? Simply put: comprehension of the technology, issues that surround the technologies and how we treat it and work with it. The issue is not the technology itself, but how we deal with it. A fundamental paradigm shift is required: Think Differently. Throw out the old ways of seeing things.

Guernsey is lagging big-time behind Europe and the UK. Whilst the UK public, the utilities, the manufacturers, the government are getting stuck in to renewables implementation, and realising (slowly) the key to economic growth is through clean-tech, Guernsey does not even know what clean-tech is! The US has woken up to an oil disaster nightmare, the US administration sees the writing on the wall for oil and is pushing green solutions. Guernsey needs to follow suite in a way that is appropriate for its needs, size and population.

We have organised a workshop to enable a voice that needs to be spoken and a means to stimulate understanding and change. The focus will be on the real issues that affect uptake.

You are invited to attend. Commences 12.28pm La Grande Mare car park, as the sun begins it journey southward.

Contact: Paul Fletcher – 07781 137 361 – email:  paul(at)e-si.com

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