Clean power stations on Jerbourg

September 19th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Three clean power stations operate near Route de Jerbourg in the parish of St Martin, Guernsey.

These photovoltaic power stations feed into the Guernsey electricity grid.

The largest of the three renewable energy installations off the Route de Jerbourg includes photovoltaic panels to produce electricity and solar thermal evacuated tubes to produce hot water.

These solar panels were installed by Solar UK on the roof of Deputy Mike Hadley‘s home.

A wide-angle view of Deputy Mike Hadley's roof showing the solar thermal panels for producing hot water on the right, and the 45 photovoltaic panels in the centre and to the left for producing electricity (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A wide-angle view of Deputy Mike Hadley’s roof showing the solar thermal panels for producing hot water on the right, and the 45 photovoltaic panels in the centre and to the left for producing electricity (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

In the summer of 2013, photovoltaic panels were installed by the former renewable energy company e-si Ltd. to supply electricity to the Grimshaw family’s newly-built well-insulated and energy efficient Hanse Haus. These PV panels were installed on the flat roof of a former World War II bunker adjacent to their new home.

These 24 photovoltaic panels produced about 40 kWh of electricity on 9 July 2013.

Feeding this electricity into the Guernsey grid would have produced an income from Guernsey Electricity Ltd of about £4 on that day. If the photovoltaic electricity was used in the Grimshaw home in place of electricity from the Guernsey grid at the normal rate it would have saved about £7 worth of electricity.

24 photovoltaic panels produced about 40 kWh of electricity on the 9 July 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

24 photovoltaic panels produced about 40 kWh of electricity on the 9 July 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Simon Dudson of The Little Green Energy Company installed German-manufactured photovoltaic panels on the south facing roof of Haute Fallaize, Jerbourg Road.

Solar thermal flat plate collectors were also installed to provide hot water for a pool and for underfloor heating. The renewable energy project was overseen by Craig Shorto.

Photovoltaic panels for electricity generation and solar thermal panels for hot water on Haute Fallaize on the Jerbourg road, St Martin (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Photovoltaic panels for electricity generation and solar thermal panels for hot water on Haute Fallaize on the Jerbourg road, St Martin (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The UK homeowners and businesses has been installing photovoltaic panels at a rapid rate to take advantage of the UK government’s feed-in tariff.  Even though Guernsey sees more sunshine than most of the UK, a similar financial incentive to install photovoltaic panels doesn’t exist in Guernsey.

However, because the price of photovoltaic panels has fallen sharply in recent years, home owners that can afford the installation cost and can make a long-term economic case for installing photovoltaic panels on their Guernsey homes, are beginning to do so in increasing numbers, and supplying clean electricity to the Guernsey electricity grid.

 

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