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Presentations – Solar PV Breakfast, Burgess Hill

It was a sunny(ish) day in Burgess Hill for our latest Sustainable Business Breakfast – focusing on solar PV.

Jeremy Holmes and Jason John from local renewable energy specialists PDP Solar discussed the factors you need to consider when investigating solar PV, including panel efficiencies, inverter types and mounting systems. They showed that with electricity cost savings and Feed-in-Tariff payments, the payback period from installing a commercial size solar PV array can be as low as 5 years, once the capital cost of installation is deducted from corporation tax on company profits.

Solar-Breakfast-Burgess-HillRob McDonald from Mid Sussex District Council outlined on which occasions planning permission is required for renewable energy systems, and when an installation would be considered a ‘permitted development’. He explained how planning regulations had been relaxed in the last few years in favour of renewable energy and low-carbon developments.

Peter Davies from Shoreham Port shared their experiences of installing two large solar arrays, financed through a community share scheme. He also as provided a insight into the port’s energy generating history, from the coal fired power station knocked down in 1988 to the biofuel combined heat and power plant that has recently received planning permission.

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Utilise Plus Event Report: ‘Future of Solar’ Networking Breakfast, Lewes

Delegates made their way to Lewes on a sunny morning in March for the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC’s networking breakfast, on the theme of the future of solar. This event was part of the SBP CIC’s ongoing Utilise Plus programme which helps small and medium sized enterprises to reduce their energy use, saving them money […]
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Utilise Plus Case Study: Whitgift Sports Club

Whitgift Sports Club, based in South Croydon, received a £5,000 Utilise Plus grant in December 2018 for their heating and hot water project. The Utilise Plus programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and helps small and medium sized enterprises to reduce their costs and environmental impact by saving energy. Whitgift offers […]
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