We were asked if we could install a car port for a solar system. We looked at various products that were available on the market and were not keen on any of them as they were just box frames with a leg in each corner. So we sat down and designed our own and had it manufactured and galvanised by JES Machinery.
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Earlier today NGPS Enphase system owners clocked up 1 gigawatt of generated electricity. This is one million kilowatts.
That is enough to boil a 3kW kettle, twenty four hours a day, 365 days a year for over 38 years. That`s a lot of tea to drink !
Enphase Screen shot :
Energy Today is 1.37MWh
Past 7 Days is 16.6MWh
Month To Date is 91.3MWh
Lifetime is 1.00GWh
A unique design car port, which incorporates the ability to generate your own solar energy, has been launched by Dorset’s award-winning Renewable Energy Installation Company NGPS Limited.
Unique in design and unique to our region, NGPS car ports buck the trend of the traditional four legged structure which creates its own difficulty in terms of manoeuvring vehicles in and out. By joining the two legs each side for added strength, NGPS positions them in a central location left and right, eliminating those parking difficulties.
The structure and fixings have been manufactured locally in Dorset, from galvanised steel, to ensure zero maintenance. The roof, which houses the solar panels, is produced from corrugated steel and designed to enable natural rain water and air flow. The design, structure and materials have all been carefully considered to provide a life-span of over 30 years.
The model pictured houses 9 solar panels, each providing 265 watts and a total array of 2.385 kilowatts. This will enable the creation of 2400 kilowatt hours per year, with impressive electricity savings and an income from the government solar energy Feed in Tariff (FIT) of 20 years. Each panel is fitted with the latest technology micro-inverter technology ‘Enphase’, which increases energy generation by 35% over the traditional single inverter system. This technology also works well with a more limited roof area or shaded locations.
“Each car port can be made to any height or width, and any roof angle in order to maximise energy capture and electricity generation,” said NGPS Managing Director Nick Good. “A solid, rugged structure we have already had excellent feedback from homeowners, businesses and local authority that have been looking for just this type of solution.”
Providing housing for a vehicle or vehicles, as well as a means of generating your own energy, these car ports will suit any property and overcome the issue of a roof which cannot currently house solar panels by the traditional method. Installation can be carried out in as little as 2 days, with an Enphase warranty of 25 years and NGPS will also take care of all feed in tariff paperwork.
A week later NGPS supplied and installed nine Canadian ELPS 265 watt solar panels with Enphase micro inverters resulting in a 2.385 kW system which facing South will provide the owners with over 2400 kW hours of free power plus feed in tariff payments and export bonuses. This is tax free and guaranteed for twenty years.
The total cost was around £9,500 fully fitted with solar which will provide a financial return of over £19,000 over the feed in contract twenty year period whilst providing some vehicular protection.
All the equipment in this carport is guaranteed for a minimum of twenty years.
By using local Dorset based companies we will be able to design and build and then install solar car ports that will be totally bespoke which can be angled to get the best solar returns possible rather than buying an off the shelf “one size fits all” imported solution.
NGPS are pleased to announce that they have been announced as the renewable
technology supply partner for the Poole Council “Green Pea” scheme.
More details on the scheme here.
On the 12th March 2014 we installed a 4kW solar PV system for Mr H. of Upton near Poole. The system featured all black modules, Enphase micro inverters and an iBoost for free hot water. We predicted an annual generation of 3992 kW hours per year and it has achieved 4400 kW hrs which is 10% extra. Payback is under 6.7 years based on current prices and the feed in tariff is for twenty years, tax free and index linked. Import energy costs double every seven years according to the Energy Savings Trust.
The South West England Regional Green Deal & ECO Awards were presented on the 4th March 2015 at the Mercure Southgate Hotel in Exeter.
NGPS won ” Regional RHI Installer of the Year” making this the fifth consecutive year that we have won an award for our renewable technology installations.
Surveyor Richard Horswill collected the award for NGPS.
On the 18th February 2014 we installed this 4kW solar PV system for Mr and Mrs Parsons. It featured all black Phono 250 modules with Enphase micro inverters.
We predicted it would generate 4000 hours per year and on its one year birthday it has produced 4510 hours which is 12.5% extra FIT payments and import savings.
This property also has a solar iBoost which diverts overproduction into the hot water immersion saving more import energy as the boiler has to work less.
On the 13 th February 2014 we installed this sixteen module Phono 4kW solar PV system for Dr and Mrs L. of Smannell near Andover.
We predicted an annual generation of 3500 hours per year using Enphase micro inverters with a twenty five year warranty and on-line individual monitoring capability.
After exactly one year it has generated 3870 kW hours which ten percent better than our our original SAP calculation.
This installation also featured a solar iBoost which diverts over generation of solar power into the immersion resulting in other import fuel savings.
This solar PV system provides a return on investment of over 13% per year on a twenty year contract which is index linked and tax free.
A Vital Tool for Dorset Keeps Environmental Management in Check and Running Costs Down
A vital new tool is available for private business, public sector and organisations in Dorset. In support of environmental management, and encouraging a buy local culture, Green Business Dorset is a dynamic package of e.magazine, e.newsletter and events programme aimed at providing an educational resource and environmental hub for the County.
Brought to Dorset by Make it Happen PR, the resource is the brainchild of owner and Editor Lynda Sparks: “Having worked in the green sector for four years – and as Vice Chair of the B2B Green Knowledge Network, I began to investigate the wealth of green products, services and expertise right here in Dorset. When it comes to environmental management and good business practice companies can often feel overwhelmed and unaware of the help that is available right here in the County they operate in. It struck me a central knowledge point would be the ideal solution – a form of Environmental Dating Agency if you like, highlighting the people and solutions and matching them with businesses with a need.”
Whether through legislation, customer demand, tendering for new business, ISO14001, ESOS, ISO50001 or attracting the right staff – no organisation can afford to ignore the environmental impact of their operation. “The idea of Green Business Dorset is to demonstrate a step by step – and therefore more affordable and manageable approach,” Lynda explains. “Most importantly, we don’t want Dorset businesses to get caught out – or lose business to their competitor, especially when it is avoidable. The power of the green pound is rising and our goal is to keep as much of that spend in the county as possible.
On the 11th February 2014 we installed this sixteen panel 250 watt Phono all black system for Mr and Mrs Smith in Upton near Poole. It is seven panels facing South with five facing West and four East all with the market leading Enphase micro inverters.
We predicted an annual generation of 3500 kW hours. On the 10th February 2015 it has produced 3920 kW hours which is 12% better than our original prediction.
Our original quotation included a prediction that this system would return in excess of £26,000 over the twenty years, based on our 3500 kW hours annual generation figure.
The initial outlay was less than £8000 and the equipment all comes with a twenty five year warranty.