In 2010 we installed a small wind turbine and photovoltaic panels at the Ramsey farm in an attempt to be more self-sufficient and cut our diesel usage. This has been a hugely successful project and 2 years on we have cut our diesel consumption by a massive 80%. But not happy with that, we are now having solar thermal panels fitted to the farmhouse roof in order to heat our water. This will save more fuel and means that the vast majority of all our power needs will be met by renewable sources.
Early this morning, four engineers from Natural Power UK, arrived in Derek’s big aluminium workboat. They had previously worked on the renewable energy solutions for our Newport Wetlands visitor centre. It was a beautiful, calm morning, perfect for unloading lots of materials and delicate solar panels. Good progress has been made in the first day and we hope to have piping hot water from the sun by Thursday. The weather looks perfect for giving the new panels a good workout.
Hi Ray - The weather is always like that on the Costa del Ramsey!
Looks like you were lucky with how calm the weather was.
Hope you enjoyed your first solar heated hot shower Lisa
Does this indicate a sudden increase in Ramsey Island orders for RSPBs Skinny Dippers range of palm oil free bathing accessories?