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The Power of the Sun

11th May 2012

Pseeg members view the solar array at Rhosygilwen

PSEEG members inspect the solar array at Rhosygilwen

The Power of the Sun

          Members and friends of Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group were hugely impressed with their recent visit to Dr Glen Peter's solar farm at Rhosygilwen. Glen explained his reasons for undertaking this project. These included supporting Government policies aimed at encouraging people to invest in renewable energy and the ongoing need for clean green energy.

          When the new Feed in Tariff for renewable energy was introduced, Rhosygilwen was fortunate in that it already had an 11 kVolt connection to the grid. Despite a very tight time schedule Glen was able to gain planning permission (the first in Wales) and install and commission the solar farm in under two years. This is now projected to produce well over 1GWh (1 million KiloWatt-hours) of clean green electricity each year for the next 25 years. As Glen pointed out the cost of the sun's energy is free. Unlike fossil fuels it will not increase over time. It also contributes to national energy security.

          The Group also had the opportunity to see the new, beautiful, low carbon Oak Hall (available for function bookings) and the Walled Garden which was again part of the Rhosygilwen country estate.

          It was inspiring to see a practical alternative to burning fossil fuels for the nation's energy and that there were some amongst us who were prepared to act to safeguard the interests of future generations.

          PSEEG's guest speaker on Thursday 17th May will be Andy Irvin, Flood Incident Management Team Leader at the Environment Agency. With the greater likelihood of extreme weather events and rising sea levels resulting from global warming it will be instructive to learn how we can plan for this type of emergency. The meeting will be held at 7.00 p.m. in the Regency Hall, Saundersfoot, and members of the public are cordially invited to join us.


Past Articles
23rd March 2012Planting Green Thoughts: A talk by Jo Horsley, Environment Wales Development Officer
24th February 2012The Atlantic Array offshore wind farm: A talk by Robert Thornhill, Development Manager
2nd December 2011Pathfinder Progress: A talk by Peter Willis from the Welsh Government's Pathfinder Programme
4th November 2011The DeltaStream project: A talk by Chris Williams, Development Director of Tidal Energy Ltd.
30th September 2011How Green is my Valley?: A talk by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project
23rd September 2011PSEEG's visit to Carew Mill with Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre
5th August 2011The Manner of the Message: A talk by Neil Sefton on communication skills
24th June 2011The Work of the Darwin Centre: A talk by Marten Lewis, manager of the Darwin Centre
27th May 2011Electric Cars The Road Ahead?: The talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
13th May 2011Are electric cars the way forward?: A talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
22nd April 2011Sustainability in Action: A visit to the Science & Technology Park (Technium) in Pembroke Dock
1st April 2011A Revolution in Wind Energy?: A talk by Vaughan Griffiths from Quietrevolution, Pembroke Dock
25th February 2011Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency
14th January 2011The Way Forward for Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy
12th November 2010How Green is your Castle?: The National Trust & Global Warming
15th October 2010Challenge of the Rising Sea: The effects on the Pembrokeshire coastline
10th August 2010The beautiful Welsh coastline: Response to possible rising sea levels
18th June 2010Visit to Costain at Canaston Bridge: Not Costing the Earth
16th April 2010Feed in Tariffs: Power to the People
12th March 2010Heat Pumps & Photo Voltaic Panels: Prepare for the Goodlife
12th February 2010Parliamentary Candiates at Green Question Time in Saundersfoot
15th January 2010Weather & Climate: A Question of Energy
4th December 2009Sustainable Community Ventures: Regeneration in Pembrokeshire
13th November 2009Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example
16th October 2009Climate Change Challenge for Candidates & Micro-generation with wind turbines
2nd October 2009A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind
11th September 2009Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire
10th July 2009A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential
12th June 2009St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability
24th April 2009Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire
13th March 2009Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun
13th February 2009Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?
14th November 2008Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG
17th October 2008PSEEG to become a Registered Charity

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