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When monitoring pays off
- 24th June 2015
Monitoring renewable systems means experienced engineers picking up on system errors before they impact on investments.The difficult question is should customers, after paying for their renewable system, then pay out on top for external monitoring of their new solar PV system, heat pump or biomass boiler, or do it themselves?
In our experience, the answer is a definite yes. For example, in... Continue reading
Mayor visits high profile solar installation
- 24th June 2015
Shrewsbury's Mayor and Mayoress have visited TGE Group's latest 250kWp commercial roof top solar PV installation in Shropshire. The solar array, one of the largest in the West Midlands, was installed for Salop Design and Engineering, a manufacturer of metal pressings and assemblies supplying the automotive industry.
The system, designed and installed by us within four weeks of our first clie... Continue reading
Is it time for carbon footprint to be added to food labelling?
- 22nd June 2015
Back in 2009 the Food Standards Agency (FSA) sought to introduce a simple traffic light system onto our food packaging in order to help us make more informed decisions about the food and drink we consume and the impact that such choices have on our bodies and longer term heath.
The reasoning for their introduction was obvious enough, with almost two thirds of adults and a third of childre... Continue reading
Solar - to clean or not to clean?
- 15th May 2015
All solar PV output predictions are based on optimum performance, so if performance drops it means less power, less revenue, less savings.
With nearly ten years of commercial solar PV installation experience around the country, we are learning that many commercial customers still consider solar PV as ‘fit and forget’. Whilst enthusiasm is high at the beginning, self monitoring drops of... Continue reading
Poultry Heat Pump Site Update - Filling, flushing and purging
- 28th April 2015
News that the chicks will be arriving a week early at our 1.3MW commercial poultry Heat Pump installation in Shropshire has meant all hands on deck and some serious rescheduling by project managers. Luckily, we have long days and plenty of daylight, even sunlight, to help us meet the new deadlines.
According to TGE Group project manager Dale Randall, the borehole array is now complete, wit... Continue reading
Solar power on the rise, gas on the wain
- 14th April 2015
A recent article by the Guardian has claimed that the UK is well on the way to meeting its 2020 renewables energy target, with gas dropping off by more than a fifth in the years from 2005 to 2012.
With wind and solar power on the rise and gas and coal on the wain, green house emissions are being driven down meaning that the UK is on target to be producing 15% of all its energy from renewable... Continue reading
Site update - poultry farm heat pump installation
- 6th March 2015
9/3/15 - Work is well underway on TGE Group's installation of a 1MW ground source heat pump on a new poultry farm in Shropshire. This flagship project will provide controlled heating and cooling to four new 50,000 capacity poultry units.
During a site visit this week, borehole drilling was well underway, with a quarter of more than 100 boreholes now complete and the TGE team hard at work c... Continue reading
Why Renewables must be on the election agenda
- 20th January 2015
As we enter election season the big headlines are Europe, NHS and the economy. With the price of oil reaching a new low, the cost of energy seems to be slipping off the radar, despite promises from party leaders less than two months ago.
The reality is that energy should remain a critical debating point for all parties, in order to challenge the cost of energy, our country’s CO2 emission... Continue reading
TGE Group joins solar industry leaders in London
- 17th December 2014
Rupert Higgin, TGE Group Managing Director reports back from the Shard, London where he attended a reception last night, held by the BPVA, the national trade association for the UK solar PV industry.
‘The World is waking up to solar’ appeared to be the key message at this year’s event with guests including Greg Barker, Dr Nina Skorupska, Chief Executive of the REA and the Ambassador fo... Continue reading