Renewable Energy Specialists
Solar PV Installations & Maintenance
in Colchester, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk
Renewable Energy Solutions in Colchester
Made to succeed!
We design, install, repair and maintain Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panel systems across Colchester and Essex Regional. Our team have completed hundreds of Solar Panel installations. We offer quality work at cost effective prices.
Our commercial background means that we are able to offer both Commercial Solar, Agricultural Solar Farms & Domestic Solar PV Systems.
We recognise this is an Investment in your Energy Future and work with you to help you make the best decision.
Solar panels, Inverters and mounting system all make for a detailed technical consideration. We will help you through this process and offer advice regarding the installation of your Solar Panel Project. We will give you accurate projections of Energy Savings and Feed In Tariff returns.
Operations & Maintenance
Solar PV systems are very reliable – so reliable in fact, that it makes sense to have a solar panel maintenance contract.
In the business of your day to day affairs, you may just forget that they are generating free electricity. Although solar panels don’t need a lot of maintenance they do need some – to make sure that they are generating at their maximum efficiency.
Your PV system may get by without inspection or maintenance, but your investment will be more likely to live up to expectations if it is regularly inspected. Alkag Electrical Ltd offer a full inspection and testing services, ranging from a visual inspection by our trained installers to electrical tests of the circuits. Such maintenance will identify underperformance issues as well as significant equipment failures. If required, Alkag Ltd can then recommend and implement a solution.
Every system has different requirements, but here is an example of the services we offer:
Annual cleaning to keep efficiencies maximised, especially where bird soiling or atmospheric pollution has degraded the surface of the panel.
Visual inspection of all panels
Photovoltaic module string tests
Inverter system checks
Junction box, isolator, distribution board and cabling inspection
Energy production analysis
Voltage and current check
Production of maintenance report
Roof condition alert
Replacement and repair of faulty items
Your Carbon Footprint...
What is a carbon footprint?
A carbon footprint measures the impact a person, household, product or business has on the environment. It measures units of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and other gases. These are known as greenhouse gases. It calculates all the total greenhouse gases we are expected to produce in all our activities. FACT: The world average is about 4,000 kg of carbon dioxide per person. In the UK it is nearly 10,000 kg per person!
How can you reduce yours?
There are so many things you can do to reduce your own carbon footprint and if you really wanted to, you could go the whole hog and go vegan (pardon the pun!). But, we are going to give you a few simple ways to make an instant impact on your footprint, starting today.
Heating & hot water – turning it down by 1 degree could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save you around £85 a year as well as reduce your footprint. Updating your boiler to a more energy efficient one will have a big impact on energy consumption too.
Appliances – avoid leaving appliances on stand-by as they still use energy in this mode. Make sure you chose appliances with good energy ratings
Utilities – look at switching to a new energy supplier, this will not only save you money but you may also get discounts for receiving paperless bills as this reduces costs for the supplier, and is good for the environment.
Saving water –About 15 per cent of a typical gas heated household's heating bill is from heating the water for showers, baths and hot water from the tap. This is on average about £80 a year. (Data Source: Energy Savings Trust). Reducing the amount of water you use will reduce your bill, energy use and the impact on the environment.
Lighting – simply turning off lights when you’re not using them can help matters but also changing from normal light bulbs to either LED or CFL bulbs will make an even bigger difference.
Smart meters – these are a great way to monitor energy use throughout your home and eliminates the need for the physical meter reading process. By understanding your energy consumption you can adapt the way you use energy to help reduce usage and therefore help reduce your carbon footprint AND save money!
Carbon footprint reduction is now at the top of the agenda for most large organisations due to government legislation. Whether you are a large or small organisation or are just looking to reduce your energy consumption, there are now many ways available.
LED lighting is now more affordable and common in new installations with replacement lamps and fittings now available that match the lighting of old with the benefit energy savings. Other methods of energy saving involve installing controls for heating and lighting and the use of more efficient machinery. Alkag Electrical Ltd can offer a full design and installation service to improve energy control and use.