What a day,
It has been some busy crazy stuff today. Much busier than expected to be certain. I went to see the very pleasant Anna and we had a long old chat. I always enjoy my chats with anna. It is like seeing my friends mum I keep expecting to be sent to my room with no supper. However I got a very very pleasant smootihe which was quite something else. Hauling a , well not quite a sack, of cashew nuts with some spirulina, flaxseed, dates and some other interesting seedy based goodness. A couple of bananas and some water and wow!!
To be honest Wow is a bit of an over statement. It was quite pleasant. It didn’t make me leap on the tasty loveliness stakes, but very pleasant. Without doubt though it was good.. some 8 hours later still not feeling hungry, but definitely feeling full of beans.
Anyhoo after a good long chat about the joys of web design and other business like stuff I went to see the rather pleasant Joe Wadsworth. He works for the Good Energy Group. Who are they? Who cares? may well be your response. Well. Hold on to your hat I am about to tell you. Good Energy are based just up the road from us (in Chippenham) and are the Greenest utility provider in the UK. Quite a claim that and is it true? If so, how do they manage it? Well very simple really. They encourage people to come to them and register their micro generation products. Solar panels, Wind turbines and all that. Then when you and I want some for a nice cuppa, it is them who are generating the electricity for us.
So no CO2, no burning of fossil fuels, just clean renewable energy. what’s the catch…. well there isn’t one. Much like going to a farmers market or farm shop you are buying energy that is local, produced with care and more often than not by people just like you. Heck I am now one of them…
How is this I hear you ask? Well after my solar panels were installed I considered where I should go to for the energy I produce to be administered. Should I go to one of the Big six, those who spend millions on advertising campaigns telling us just how green they are ( not really at all ) or should I go to a company that as far as I can tell are green right through the middle.
Founded by Julie Davenport more than ten years ago Good energy is the only firm not to increase prices in the last 3 years. Not sure that can be said about any other energy firms at all… In addition they have spent a fairly enormous amount, nearly £12 million, on developing a lovely big windfarm which is generating power right now with no burning or pollution or anything, just a few spinning blades and lots of lovely wind.
I only went in to give them my FIT paperwork and get registered for the scheme. Good job too. If I had left it till monday I would have missed out on the proper tariff. Mark, the very helpful chap who dealt with my paperwork, enlightened me on a few scary points. Even though I have had my panels in place for a couple of weeks you only get the FIT from the day you apply for the panels. Not from the day they were installed.
Bit annoying that, not what I thought would be the case. Moreover there is no recourse if you miss it. Don’t get it in.. it doesn’t happen. Thank goodness I got them in.
So now I wait to hear about my solar generation goodness and will let you all now about it shortly, including just how much it is worth.. That is part of the point after all.
Have a great weekend
- Good Energy: good advice (energysavingtrust.wordpress.com)
- Green energy isn’t always good energy (nation.com.pk)
- Smaller energy suppliers have happier customers (and it helps if they’re green too) (evoenergy.co.uk)
- Juliet Davenport, CEO Good Energy: Make Sure Investors Share Your Corporate DNA (thenextwomen.com)
- GE using its 15,000th 1.5 MW wind turbine to train wind technicians (acckkii.wordpress.com)
- What kinds of chemicals go into making solar panels? (greenanswers.com)
- Letters: Blowing hot and cold on windfarms (guardian.co.uk)
- Local Owners Use Solar Panels To Brew Beer (fox2now.com)
- A Look at How Wind Turbines Work (txu.com)