MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC’s FREE CPD Guide to Photovoltaics
Monday, 21 June 2010 18:29
With the UK photovoltaic market set to grow following the introduction of the Government’s Feed In Tariff (FIT) in April, Mitsubishi Electric has produced a free, CPD-Accredited Guide to the technology that explores the issues around solar power and highlights the rules of thumb necessary for specifying and installing these systems.
“Oil and gas prices continue to rise, so using solar power for our buildings is becoming an increasingly viable financial alternative,” explains Perry Jackson, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Electric’s Photovoltaic Division.
Building integrated photovoltaic systems can provide clean, renewable power, reducing electricity bills for the end-user as well as cutting CO2 emissions. Solar power is also silent in operation and very reliable, requiring little planned maintenance.
The guide looks at the different systems available from in-roof, on-roof, standing seam, facades, and flat roof systems, as well as exploring the tariffs and rates.
According to the latest figures from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), Europe leads the world in the use of photovoltaic systems, with 16GW of capacity installed up to 2009 – around 70% of the world’s total PV power.
Within Europe, Germany is at the forefront of solar energy use, with almost 10GW of installed power. 3.8GW was installed in 2009 and Government tariffs have been an important driver for the German market.
The importance of these tariffs is an indicator of how Government incentives can help to increase demand for renewable technologies.
“We expect the UK market to mirror the growth we have seen in Germany and this guide sets out the basics for anyone who wishes to understand the technology a bit more,” added Jackson.
The guide is part of a series of free industry brochures covering areas such as Part L of the Building Regulations; the Code for Sustainable Homes; heat pumps, and other energy efficient methods of heating, cooling, ventilating and powering our built
To obtain your free guide, send an email to
or visit the website www.mitsubishielectric.co.uk/pv
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