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September 20, 2011

Hello and welcome to the South Yorkshire Renewable Energy blog. We are a leading installer of solar panels. However, we are not simply a solar panel firm as we encompass many areas of renewable energy including biomass boilers, ground and air source heat pumps and under floor heating.


Hot Heating Controls!

August 27, 2013

Touch Screen ThermostatSouth Yorkshire Renewable Energy has many years of experience in the underfloor sector and has completed more than 100,000m2 of work in properties ranging from small houses to schools.

Due to new industry partnerships, we are now able to offer a number of new control options on different heating systems! The graphic featured here shows a touch screen thermostat. These can be integrated or wireless and have numerous features as well as programme settings such as holiday or weekend modes. Browser support and smart phone apps also means you can control your heating from anywhere in the world!

Designed for domestic and commercial properties, these new technologies make using your heating systems more simple and efficient.

Ideal for new and retrofit projects anywhere in the UK.

Salutation Update

July 30, 2013

Salutations_UpdateYou may remember reading updates about our Salutation site in the North of Sheffield.

This project continues to run smoothly; ground works and foundations are now well under way for the final three properties on the site.

The inset image shows smoothing and digging of foundations in late May. The main image shows foundation walls and flooring well under way, taken in July.

When complete the site will contain 8 modern, energy efficient properties with solar photovoltaic arrays. Reclaimed stone will be used in the final three houses. South Yorkshire Renewable Energy has managed the entire project.

Modelling Solar Photovoltaic Systems

July 3, 2013

Modelling the performance of solar power systems can be difficult but there are numerous ways to calculate potential yield and financial payback . Some models use climate and geographic variables and some rely on simple SAP (standard assessment procedure) calculations.

Dedicated software also exists to account for shading effects. Although using computer models can take time to set up in the initial instance, their ability to accurately model geographical differences,  shading effects and system efficiency means that in some circumstances computer simulations are an excellent way to assess a solar project.

Solar Array Model

This image shows a house in Sheffield, rendered using PV Sol. Animations can be conducted for a full year showing shading from January to December. The image above was captured at 16.30pm in mid-summer (3rd July). The trees, 14 metres high and approximately 19 metres to the west of the house do not shade the solar array during summer months, although there is limited shading during winter. The array has been positioned to the top-easterly end of the roof in order to minimise shading during winter.


Development Project

April 24, 2013

EvolutionThis is one of our ongoing projects in a property in Sheffield which we are currently developing.

This series of images shows the dining/ kitchen area; progress on the job as well as an architectural render of the finished area.

The top image shows the area before any work began. In the middle image, the walls have been stripped to the brickwork, french windows have been installed and the floor has been taken up in order to replace the joists. The wall between the kitchen and diner has also been removed. Underfloor heating will be installed in these areas providing an efficient and comfortable system for the future owners. A breakfast bar will complete the look of this modern kitchen dining area.


The Future Cost of Energy in the UK

April 3, 2013

Future Cost of EnergyEnergy is currently a hot topic; the UK needs to upgrade its ageing generating plant and huge investments are needed over the coming decade.

The twin spectres of climate change and energy security mean we cannot simply burn fossil fuels as we have done previously. Energy sources remain controversial with nuclear and onshore wind power creating particularly voiciferous debates.

Renewables generally are often criticised for attracting subsidies; financial instruments to stimulate and support their growth. Critics of renewable schemes claim these subsidies add unnecessary cost to our energy generation.

Supporters of renewables are quick to point out that the largest increases associated with increased bills are due to wholesale price rises in the cost fossil fuels. A 2011 WWF report states that recent fossil fuel inccreases meant that the average domestic electricity bills rose 63% in the 6 years up to 2009.

In 2012, The Department of Energy and Climate Change released future cost projections for fossil fuels which showed that oil could be $150 dollars a barrel by the year 2020 with as much as 30 pence per therm being added to gas prices within the same period. No matter what your viewpoint, energy prices will climb over the coming decade. Continued fossil fuel price rises will contribute to this, as will the cost of adding further renewable energy generating capacity.

Renewables on the Up!

March 20, 2013

Solar IllustrationDespite some difficult trading environments over 2012, the outlook for clean energy remains good according to a recent report by Clean Edge, a leading market authority on worldwide clean energy trends and developments.

Although global revenues were up only slightly year-on-year, deployment has continued to grow rapidly.

One of the reasons for this discrepancy is the falling costs of solar photovoltaics which led to lower profits for manufacturers despite high deployment. These drops in price are excellent for the end user and are reflected in the plummeting costs of both domestic and commercial solar systems.

The report paints a bright picture for renewables; global solar photovoltaic revenues alone have expanded from £2 billion in 2000 to £79 billion in 2012. By 2020 the solar sector is expected to be worth close to £124 billion.

Both wind and solar had record years for installed capacity with  44.7 and 30.9 gigawatts respectively.
The report can be viewed at

Solar Installs

February 26, 2013

Solar_Install3_SmallThis photo was taken during a solar install at a property development in the North of Sheffield. In this photo our experienced installers are fixing rails to the roof. In order to attach panels, tiles are lifted up and hooks are attached to the rafters. Rails are then screwed on to the hooks and finally solar panels are fixed to the rails! It’s a relatively simple process which does no damage to the roof and does not compromise the integrity of the waterproofing. You can read more about this in our latest newsletter.