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Even Churches are Going Off the Grid!

At Devon MIG Renewables, we’re always keeping an ear to the ground to hear just how things are progressing in the world of solar panels. Many of the stories we hear are inspiring and satisfying, be they low-income families who have managed to make substantial savings…

Three Reasons to Go Solar in Devon

At MIG Renewables, we’re often asked what are the main reasons to consider having solar panels installed. Often, we have to give very specific answers, as our customer want to know these reasons in relation to their particular circumstances. However, there are some reasons that everyone can relate to, so we’ve compile a top three list. Read on… Save Money This has to be one on everyone’s radar. In an economy where the big six power providers are constantly changing their deals, installing solar panels can not only save you money – they can also make you money. There are various options available, but the best is to sell your excess energy back to the National Grid, as part of the Feed-In Tariff (FIT). The FIT scheme allows you to make money by selling directly back to the suppliers, which will cover the cost of your installation – quicker than you might think. There are two types of solar panels you might want to consider: photovoltaic panels, which provide electricity for your home, and solar thermal panels, which allow you to heat your water – also cutting back on your bills. Increase the Value of Your Home A home with solar panels is going to have lower energy bills. As a result, a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that homes with solar panels not only sell 20% quicker than those without, but that 17% of these homes actually sold for more than the asking price. Whether you’re thinking of selling or not, solar panel installation can add to the value of your bricks and mortar, making...

Solar Power to the People!

While more and more people are aware of the direct benefits they can enjoy from choosing to install solar panels, fewer are aware of the positive effects this can have on their local communities. At MIG Renewables, we’re committed to trumpeting the advantages that solar energy can offer individuals, businesses and local communities. Are you aware of the community energy groups in Devon? If not, you ought to find out, as they could be helping to decrease the cost of energy in your area. A Long-Lasting Solution to Price Hikes Anna Watson, from Friends of the Earth, says that “community energy projects offer local people the chance to power their homes and businesses with clean British energy – helping to tackle climate change. Community energy projects offer a long-lasting solution to price hikes from Britain’s Big Six and pumps money back into local areas.” In essence, there are substantial subsidies available for those looking to sell excess energy back into the National Grid and many community energy groups are using this to make money for their local districts. As an example, a school looking to make improvements might consider taking out a loan from the local authorities, to install solar panels. The loan can then be repaid using the surplus energy generated and, once the repayments are made, the school is then in profit and can simply continue selling excess energy back to the grid and invest the money made in improving the school. Community Energy Groups in Devon There are a number of community energy groups in Devon, such as the Bovey Tracey Action group, the Newton and...

Installer of the Month

Installer of the month: MIG We are pleased to announce that we have been voted Installer of the Month by YouGen MIG has already attracted 89 five star reviews on the YouGen website. These consistently highlight great communication and efficient, high quality delivery. “Everything was explained clearly and unambiguously, including the uncertainties inherent in a PV installation.” “Exceptional service and quality workmanship.” Find our more and see our profile on YouGen here  http://www.yougen.co.uk/company/mig-renewable-technologies-ltd-ex8-2nx/            ...

Making the Most of your Solar Panels

One of the questions we’re most frequently asked at MIG Renewables is “what happens when the sun is clouded over?” Luckily, in the West Country, we tend to get the best of the British weather, with the warmest temperatures and the highest levels of sunshine. However, even Devon gets its share of cloud days and it’s understandable that those thinking of investing solar panels might be a little concerned, so it’s time to set the record straight. Light and Electricity It’s worth remembering that your solar panels’ output is directly linked to the level of sunlight they receive; the brighter the light, the more electricity they produce. In short, solar panels are affected by cloudy days. However, the story doesn’t finish there, as researchers have found an interesting phenomenon that means your panels can work even better on a cloudy day that they might on a sunny one. The Benefits of Cloudy Days Scientists have discovered that, on a cloudy day, the moments in which the sun breaks through the clouds are enhanced by the reflection of sunlight from the clouds themselves. In number-crunching terms, this means that, on a day where there is intermittent sunshine through a later of clouds, your solar panels can draw up to 50% more power from that than they might do on a cloudless day. While the input might not be as consistent, you will certainly see spikes in the amount of electricity generated. Maximising your Output When installing solar panels, our technicians take into account every aspect of your building – in particular when there will be optimum sunshine. For example, if...