Ed Atkinson is the brain behind the Henley Solar project, of which the aim is to widen the adoption of solar thermal energy in residential households by reducing costs to a minimum. This will be achieved by (i) use of technology which minimises plumbing and eliminates electrical work, and (ii) use of ‘community DIY’ in which all but roof work is done by householders. The long term aim of the project is to increase the uptake of solar hot water installations to make a significant impact on UK carbon emissions.
Ed plans to make solar thermal installations economical for householders by purchasing panels in bulk and utilising the UK government’s Renewable Heat Incentive. Importantly, the community scheme is made possible because most of the installation can be undertaken by volunteers or participants themselves to help reduce costs further.
Carbon Leapfrog is thrilled to be involved with Henley Solar, and will assist in various developmental phases. The project is an excellent example of how renewable energy does not have to be unaffordable, but with a little bit of knowhow and support, it can be accessible to all! Good luck Ed!