The simple answer is yes. Our long summer days give us plenty of daylight to convert into electricity and with the cost of panels coming down, it is now a viable technology – even this far North!
We’ve used historical sunlight figures for Edinburgh in our calculations (see map) and while it’s not as sunny as the South East of England – it works! We’ve also selected south facing roofs and many of them are flat which means we can optimise orientation.
The other advantage of pooling together our resources as a community is that we can buy panels for cheaper and benefit collectively from the economies of scale.
One of our Board members, Johanna Carrie has installed solar PV on her own house and this is a graph of the electricity she has generated.
It’s a small installation with a capacity of 1.7 kW. The panel’s orientation about 10 degrees East of South, inclination about 45 degrees. The installer is Gener8 Power Ltd from Fife and the panel manufacturer is REC Solar AS