How do I connect to the grid?
As well as installing the necessary equipment, you will need to ensure that the installation has the correct permissions and certifications from the power supplier and the Ministry of Interior to ensure it meets current safety and electrical legislation. Your installer should provide that as part of the installation process, as otherwise if the system is not correctly registered, you may be subject to fines or prosecution.
What maintenance do Solar PV Systems require?
Good news! If the system is correctly installed, it should require very little maintenance. It is important to keep the panels clean so they can capture as much of the sun’s energy as possible. Also keep an eye on any trees that may grow up and create shade for the panels as this will make the system less efficient.
You may have seen various articles in the Spanish press recently about the current drought that Spain is experiencing. Although periods of drought are relatively common in Spain, this September was the driest this century. As the lack of rain has continued into Autumn, we have seen devastating wild fires in the north and speed limits put in place around Madrid to try and reduce the pollution affecting the city.
The reason for this cost increase is that in 2017 hydroelectricity has only met about 10% of the total electricity demand in Spain compared with 20% for the same period in 2016. Usually a cheap source of power, the lower amount of hydroelectricity being generated is affecting prices in the market.
What can you do as a consumer? Well, it is always important to be careful with your water usage and not waste this precious resource. Here are some handy tips to follow:
As last month’s article highlighted, you can also make use of another renewable energy source, the sun, to generate your own free electricity and heat your water to lower your electricity bills. Lack of rain means there has been more sunshine which is great for generating solar energy, but solar panels still work on cloudy days too if we do get that longed-for rain.
Green Energy Predictions for 2018 and beyond
As the New Year begins, here at Free-Sol Solar we’ve been carrying out the usual annual reviews and planning but we thought it may be interesting to share some future trends from the renewable industry. Whilst all of these products exist today, there may be a little way still to go before they become part of our day-to-day lives…
As the world’s automotive manufacturers plough their research and development funds into electric cars, last year Sono Motors, a start-up from Munich launched the Sion, a solar powered car. In October, a Dutch futuristic family car, Nuna 9, won the annual World Solar Challenge in Australia after travelling at an average speed of 81.2kmh. Maybe you are thinking the next car you buy will be an electric one and as technology continues to develop with a solar car, your car will be capable of generating more power than it consumes and when it is parked at home, it can be charging and supplying energy back to the grid.
Researchers in Japan have developed a solar cell that can be
attached to clothes and washed. The ultra-thin organic cell is stretchy and flexible and is expected to be used for wearable devices and e-textiles. The aim was to develop a power source for sensors monitoring things like blood pressor, heartbeat and body temperatures that can be easily attached onto clothes.
Will this mean no more charging your wearable devices?
The HY4 plane can carry four people, including the pilot and runs on an electrical current from a supply of hydrogen and oxygen, aided by a battery. It is a greener way to travel as it emits nothing except water vapour into the atmosphere. Instead of the Murcia to Madrid AVE you maybe taking an emission-free air taxi in future.
Whatever the long-term future may hold, the renewable energy industry is agreed that when it comes to solar, not only have solar panelsgot cheaper but they have got more functional also.
Will 2018 be the year you start having the sun work for you?
Gas and water also did not escape the price rises. Last month the costs of gas increased 6.2% and at the time of writing, we are waiting to see if the cost of a gas bottle will go up again following the increase of 2.1% in November. The cost increases for water vary city by city but someone living in Murcia pays 6 times more for domestic water usage than someone living in Soria.
We’ve shared some basic tips on how to save water before so here are some tips for how you can save electricity and help reduce your energy bills at home.