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’
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.
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.
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.
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.