Passive House or Passivhaus?

One of the most commonly asked questions about buildings meeting the Passivhaus standard relates to the terminology used. A quick google search on will bring conflicting results with different links referring to either ‘Passivhaus’ or ‘Passive House’. When looking at construction and renovations precision is key, and you may rightly be wondering what the differences are between the two.  In actuality there is no differentiation in their meaning. The term ‘Passivhaus’ originates from the German Passivhaus Institut (PHI), which was created as an independent research institution by Dr Wolfgang Feist IN 1996. Since it’s creation most architects and construction experts have been using the

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Tesla Powerwall FAQ

Table of Contents Tesla Powerwall Frequently Asked QuestionsHow much is a Tesla Powerwall 2.0 battery?How long do Tesla Powerwall batteries last?Can you use a Tesla Powerwall without solar panels?Can a Tesla Powerwall power a home?What is the Tesla Backup Gateway 2?What is the Tesla Backup Gateway 2? Tesla Powerwall Frequently Asked Questions How much is a Tesla Powerwall 2.0 battery? As listed on the Tesla website, a single unit Tesla Powerwall 2.0 is £6,650.00, with the supporting hardware being priced at an additional £1,700.00. The total cost amounting to £8,350.00 for you to buy directly from Tesla. Tesla also typically

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Solar Battery FAQ

Table of Contents Solar Battery Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat are the Best Types of Solar Battery?Is it Worth getting a Solar Battery?How much is a Solar Battery for a House?How Good are Solar Batteries?How long can a Solar Battery hold a Charge?Do I need a Battery for my Solar Panel System?What is the Depth of Discharge (DoD) of a Solar Battery?What is the Cyclic Life of a Solar Battery?How many Solar Batteries does it take to power a House?What should I know about the Solar Battery system before buying? What is the Useable Capacity of the battery? What are the Charge/Discharge

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A Guide To Solar Batteries – What You Need To Know

Solar Powers Contribution to the UK’s Renewable Energy Sector In May 2019, Britain was powered by energy sources other than coal for a continuous record-breaking period of over 100 hours. This monumental landmark emphasises just how far renewable energy sources have developed up to this point. The National Grid confirmed that the country is becoming increasingly less dependent on coal as renewable energy sources have become more viable. As the general public are opting in to install more solar panels into their home than ever before, reliance on renewables is becoming “a regular occurrence”. This development built upon the success

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Solar PV Panel Cold Calling

It has come to our attention that you may be receiving letters and calls regarding the Solar PV System we installed at your home; from other companies. We have sent all our customers and homes we’ve installed a Solar PV system a letter to advise of this. It’s also pleasing to see local PCSO’s protecting our customers of these Scams: If you have any issues or queries regarding your system, please contact us on 01522 803854 or info@ukalternativeenergy.co.uk.

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We are Hiring – Renewable Heating Engineer

UK Alternative Energy are a specialist renewable energy installer and this position is for our renewable heating department that specialises in Air & Ground Source Heat Pumps and Biomass Boilers. Due to rapid organic growth we are actively seeking a time served, fully qualified plumbing and heating engineer with experience in the above systems. Benefits Competitive pay rate (Salary of £25,000 – £35,000 Depending on Experience) Company Uniforms Company Van & Fuel Card 20 days holiday plus Bank Holidays Main purpose of the role To successfully install, repair and maintain heat pumps, ensuring all activities are completed safely, efficiently and

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Feed in Tariff Update – July 2018

The Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme rates updated for upcoming quarter. As expected the new tariff rates have been released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). These tariffs were updated on Friday 6th July 2018, and are effective from 1st July 2018. Please find the tariff table for the current FIT quarter (1st July – 30th September 2018) below: Energy Source Scale Generation Tariff (p/kWh)[A] Duration (years) Solar PV <10kW 3.93 20 Solar PV >10 - 50kW 4.17 20 Solar PV >50 - 250kW 1.79 20 Solar PV >250kW - 1MW 1.43 20 Solar PV >1 -

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Proud Supporter of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

UK Alternative Energy are a proud supporter of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust (LWT). Now, you might be familiar with the LWT, and maybe you visit some of their wildlife reserves such as Whisby or Willow Tree Fen – or perhaps you go to see the seal pups at Donna Nook, or go birdwatching at the magnificent new centre at Gibraltar Point. But did you know that the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust was one of the first Wildlife Trusts to be formed? It was established in 1948, and was only the third such county-based charity to be started in the UK. Today,

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2018 Energy Efficiency Awards – Commended

2018 East Midlands Regional Energy Efficiency Awards The East Midlands Regional Energy Efficiency Awards were launched in September 2016 following the changes in Government Energy Efficiency Policy. Previously known as the East Midlands Regional Green Deal & ECO Awards, these awards were set up in 2014 to help recognise the work being carried out by the energy efficiency sector in the East Midlands Region of England in their delivery of the Green Deal Finance Initiative and Energy Company Obligation Scheme. UK Alternative Energy were a nominated company for two awards ‘Regional Solar PV Installer and Contractor of the Year’ and ‘Regional

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