WHICH WILL WORK BEST FOR YOU?

‘BY 2030, IT IS EX­PECTED THAT 50 PER CENT OF ALL SCOT­LAND’S EN­ERGY WILL COME FROM RE­NEW­ABLE SOURCES’

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Wind tur­bines

Un­re­al­is­tic for an ur­ban set­ting but do­mes­tic wind tur­bines can gen­er­ate use­ful amounts of elec­tric­ity for ru­ral self-builders if their site is suit­able. Lo­ca­tion is ev­ery­thing – not just for your house but for the tur­bine too.

Hy­dro tur­bines

The force of flow­ing wa­ter can be con­verted into ki­netic en­ergy in a tur­bine to drive a gen­er­a­tor. If you have the river or stream it is a re­li­able, pre­dictable and time­proven method of gen­er­at­ing en­ergy right back to the wa­ter mill.

So­lar pho­to­voltaic

Con­verts sun­light into di­rect cur­rent elec­tric­ity by us­ing semi­con­duc­tors; even in Scot­land a south-fac­ing roof can pro­duce im­pres­sive re­sults.

So­lar wa­ter heat­ing

Ex­pect to use ex­tra heat­ing in the win­ter but a use­ful way to re­duce costs. Flat plate col­lec­tors can be fixed on the roof tiles or even in­te­grated into the roof.

Hy­brid PV-so­lar wa­ter heat­ing sys­tems

So­lar ther­mal col­lec­tors and so­lar PV in one; the pan­els cre­ate elec­tric­ity and pro­duce hot wa­ter – two for the price of one.

En­ergy stor­age sys­tems

Heat or elec­tric bat­ter­ies re­duce your bills by stor­ing the en­ergy your re­new­ables gen­er­ate as heat and hot wa­ter. Home bat­tery stor­age is the next big thing with lots of in­no­va­tions tak­ing place.

Heat pumps

Air source to wa­ter, ground source to wa­ter, wa­ter source to wa­ter, or hy­brid air source to wa­ter. It all de­pends on the size of home, grounds, lo­ca­tion and avail­able wa­ter sources. Each sys­tem is as unique as the prop­erty it serves.

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