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Solar Panels – Cutting the Jargon

If you’re considering having solar panels installed in your home or business, you want to make the best possible choice. At MIG, we know that the jargon surrounding the world of solar panels can often seem impenetrable and can affect the decision you make. At MIG, we’re keen to cut through the jargon so that every one of our clients has all the information they need, at their fingertips. So, to kick off: what’s an EPC rating? The EPC Rating EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. In essence, it’s a way of showing your home or business’ capabilities when it comes to energy use. The scale is graded from A (being the best) to G (being the worst). Typically, in the UK, the average house is graded at band E – but, that’s not the end of the story. By installing energy efficient hardware, such as solar panels, you can improve your EPC rating. As a side benefit, this can add value to your home, cut your energy bills and reduce the size of your carbon footprint. How is it calculated? The EPC takes into account every aspect of your building, from what it’s made from and how well it’s insulated to efficiently it’s heated. Once the assessment has been made, you’ll get a solid, comprehensive idea of the improvements you can make to your home or business to cash in on all the available savings. How can it help you? An EPC carries three different sets of information: your Energy Efficiency Rating (EER), your Environmental Impact Rating (EIR) and an assessment of how much it currently costs you...

Is your Devon Solar Panel Installer up to the Job?

With solar panel installation still being a relatively new thing for home and business owners, it can be difficult to know exactly what you need from an installer. Please read through our qualifications and certificates from an engineer working with your gas system, you should also expect certain things from a solar panel installer. Here’s a quick guide to the qualifications you should expect from a good solar panel company. What is RECC? The RECC is the Renewable Energy Consumer Code. This was established to guarantee a high-quality experience for consumers wishing to take advantage of the benefits offered by solar panels and other forms of renewable energy. Backed by the Trading Standards Initiative, all those accredited by the RECC are obliged to adhere to extremely high standards of practice, as set out by the Consumer Code itself. What about MCS? This is the Microgeneration Certificate Scheme. This ensures that the standards of installer, his equipment and product are in line with those set on both a European and international level. It also means that your solar panel installer is insured to the right level and that you should be issued with a workmanship guarantee, once the installation is over. Tell me about NAPIT The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers was set up to ensure that all works undertaken by its members are safe and comply with the relevant regulations. It also provides a national database of accredited installers, so that you can find trustworthy tradesmen in your area. For example, if you are living in Exeter and you were looking for a solar panel installer, you...

Ready for Retrofit programme helps pump £50m into South West’s economy

A programme to make homes in the south west warmer by retrofitting them has helped to pump £50 million into the region’s economy. The ‘Ready for Retrofit’ initiative has helped the local economy by creating hundreds of jobs and supported 414 businesses through its business support programme. Through the installation of 1,428 energy efficiency measures in social housing across the South West, the scheme has also saved £36,627 tonnes of carbon dioxide – the equivalent of running 8,140 homes for a year. Read more from the Western Morning News...

Renewables firm goes green with electric cars

Exmouth and Exeter based renewables firm, MIG Renewable Technologies, has put its money where its mouth is by investing in two fully-electric BMW company cars, to reduce its carbon emissions. The solar company operates across Devon installing high quality solar panels on homes and businesses, as well as fitting loft insulation on old Devon properties as part of the Governments ECO 2 Green Deal Initiative. The brand new electric BMW i3’s will be used by MIG staff travelling around the county to carry out free solar feasibility studies for customers who are interested in solar panels. The cars will be charged at electric hook up points that are located across the county, helping staff to reduce their own C02 emissions. The BMW i3 models are defined by sustainability and are fully-electric thanks to a high-voltage lithium ion battery combined with an electric motor, allowing MIG staff to travel the county completely emission free and helping in the fight against climate change. The cars boast sustainable materials wherever possible. The interior of the BMW i3 features the use of natural, sustainable materials, including kenaf fibres (a crop related to cotton) in the door panels. In addition, 25 percent of the plastic used in the interior comes from recycled material or renewable resources and all the seat textiles are created from up to 100 percent recycled fibres. The cars also boast low energy consumption electrical components throughout. The interior heating system saves up to 30% power in comparison to a conventional electric heating system and energy saving LED lights are used for the interior lighting. MIG Renewables Managing Director, Marcus Di-Vincenzo, purchased...

MIG Renewables sponsors 2015 Exmouth Festival

Exmouth based solar firm MIG Renewable Technologies is sponsoring the 2015 Exmouth Festival which takes place from 22nd – 28th May. Now in its 19th year, Exmouth Festival continues to boast an array of live music, championing local talent as well as attracting acts from further afield. A number of arts and crafts workshops will also be held throughout the festival and for the first time there will be a collaboration with The Bikeshed Theatre from Exeter, who will bring theatre performances to the town. This year, local artist Janet Sainsbury will be reinterpreting the iconic railway posters from the early 20th century for the Exmouth Festival. The new posters will be displayed at railway stations from Exmouth to Paddington to promote Exmouth and the Festival at the end of May. Exeter-based artist Janet Sainsbury was commissioned for the project, which is a partnership with First Great Western and the Avocet Line Rail Users Group. The posters will be displayed at Exmouth Library alongside some of the original 20th century images. As well as creating the new posters, the artist will work with local primary schools where children will create their own posters to display in the exhibition. Marcus Di-Vincenzo, MIG Renewables Managing Director said: “As an Exmouth resident and Exmouth based businessman, I am one hundred percent behind the Exmouth Festival, and this modern interpretation of iconic railway posters is a great way of reaching people all over the UK and encouraging them to come to Exmouth to see what’s going on. MIG Renewables are proud to be lead sponsors of this years event, there is such a diverse...

What questions should you ask when comparing solar panel quotes?

When you have a stack of quotes for solar PV panels without the technical know-how, it can be very hard to figure out which quote is best and which offer would suit you. YouGen have come up with a list of questions you can ask to help you to sort the wheat from the chaff. Firstly, don’t be afraid to grill your installer: the more information you have the better able you are to make an informed decision and judge which is best for you. You’re spending a lot of money and you have the right to expect a good job. The more questions you ask and the more open the responses you get, the better you’ll be able to judge whether this is the kind of outfit you can trust to be up on your roof! 1. Why have you recommended this particular system? It may seem like a simple question, but different installers will recommend different systems based on their assessments of your property and requirements. 2. What is the total cost of the installation? Obviously! But equally obviously, remember cheaper often doesn’t mean better. Low price should only be used as a deal sealer once you are satisfied that the proposed system and the installer are right for you. More pertinently, you should perhaps ask why a quote differs from another seemingly similar quote. 3. How much energy will the proposed system generate? Different systems will generate different amounts of energy or kilowatts (kWh). The higher the annual kWh figure the more energy your system is predicted to generate and the more you will be paid...