Claire B

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  1. Thanks Ian, Those flexible 'stick on' panels would be great if they'd work, your link shows them on a curved roof like mine. Just need to find a supplier and fitter. This is what the farmer used on his shepherds hut. The site is very exposed and we get much more wind here then our neighbours tucked away within the village. I'd be worried about the wind getting under the clamped on panels. I'd also need to check that wouldn't invalidate my roof warranty.
  2. Its a few acres so not small but the plant room is at the northern end of the property and I want the solar to be close to that for efficiency and also didn't want to see the panels from my windows. I can always buy more if I want it but don't see a need if I can get panels on the roof.
  3. Yes I was prepared for the planning permission if going with ground mounted. I might get away with the roof mounting without planning as long as they can't be seen. Roof faces East or west (either, not neither). Along the ridge they would be facing straight up if I put flat panels on there. I think a curve would capture more sun.
  4. I've been in my nissen hut conversion 4 years now and would like to add solar panels and battery back up (thinking Tesla Powerwall) so I can be more self sufficient. I asked the farmer if I could buy some land to put the panels on (ground mounted) as my roof faces either east or west. He said he'd sell me some land (at 30k for half an acre!) but why don't I just put panels along the ridge line of the roof. My roof is curved. He said he'd found some curved panels on eBay for his shepherds hut but I'd need something more substantial here. Could anyone recommend any? The roof is zinc, would they just attach to the seams? It would be great if this could work as you wouldn't see them. The roof has Velux windows but they're on either side and there's a good 2 meters between them over the top.
  5. Do it! I got rid of the TVs 4 years ago and don't miss them one bit. They're just used for mind control and to tell the masses what to think. Life is so much better without them.
  6. Good advice thank you. He's a natural with numbers and doesn't realise what a gift this is. I'll get him to read this whole thread once he's back from his weekend jaunt.
  7. Thanks. I've lost money on my own self build but I built it to live in not to profit from so everything was high spec. It sounds like developers make more money than builders then? The builder that built my home turned up in a new Range Rover as soon as the project was signed off! my sons girlfriend works for a company that finds land for developers so that could come in handy. I don't like the idea of throwing up cheap units for personal profit and would like to gently steer him towards the emerging eco market.
  8. Got to be honest he's never going to do scaffolding! He's excellent at maths so yes perhaps a RICS quantity surveying course if he could do that remotely whilst working a day job too and getting some experience.
  9. Thank you for your input. He's going to spend a few weeks looking into it all before making any decisions. He's away on holiday for a week too which gives him a change of perspective.
  10. Somewhat, he's an insurance broker dealing with claims. He is very good at maths though regardless so the QS side of things shouldn't be a problem.
  11. This is a great idea! Gets first dibs on the properties.
  12. It just goes through the whole process of building so he can get an idea of the process and see which area interests him more than others perhaps. Just for interest not to get any qualification.
  13. Yes he has a lot of holiday to use up this year, just finding the best way to use that time. On site experience vs short courses in college. He's found a 3 day course at The self Build & Renovation Centre in Swindon he's keen to go to.
  14. Good idea! We'll take a look and see whats on offer. It could be another year until I have good planning permission on my land so he could practice on smaller projects and build up skills.