Category Archives: Solar Power



Following a visit to NGPS’s first exhibition in the Purbecks a chance conversation has resulted in us having a brand new solar display unit installed.

I was happily content to have solar installed 8 years ago and even when the Government only offerred me 3p FITT pleased to be producing solar energy and gaining some small returns frrom SSE.

It came as quite a surprise when I was advised to take down the old and have a new array put in.

Our new system is far more efficient, we have a new tiled roof and lots of the latest technology added as a standard feature.

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The speed, efficiency and the way the project was completed fills me with admiration for the NGPS team and from a relatively small investment I can expect a payback within 5/6 years at the current Fitts level and even more importantly help in using the energy we create for my own purposes.


This new innovation will reduce our energy bills overtime and already we can tell the difference in the amount of hot water we now have.

Why not also take a look in at their next Exhibition Roadshow at Ringwood on the 30th May 10am until 8pm

Full details about other venues at

Vince Adams


Thin Film Solar Cells: New World Record for Solar Cell Efficiency

CIGSIn a remarkable feat, scientists at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, have developed thin film solar cells on flexible polymer foils with a new record efficiency of 20.4% for converting sunlight into electricity. The cells are based on CIGS semiconducting material (copper indium gallium (di)selenide) known for its potential to…. <read more>

How people around Sturminster are saving money and energy

ENERGIZE STUR VALLEY is a ground level community group which wants to help you reduce your energy use, save money and reduce your carbon footprint for all the residents of Sturminster Newton and the surrounding villages from Child Okeford to Marhull, Hazelbury and Glanvilles Wooton who want to keep a lid on our rising energy use and the bills it generates.

FREE Insulation grants

We spoke to Tim Evans of the group who said “In these tight financial times I could not believe people had not made the simple call it takes to get a grant for their home to be insulated. One FREE call to the independent Dorset Energy Advice Centre (0800 975 0166) was all it took to understand which grants are available and what you can do to insulate your home and start saving money on heating bills.

With costs of energy forecast to more than double in the next 2 years you would have to be mad not to pick up the phone and claim the money.”

Appeal for Energy Champions

If like us you want to help your street, village, school or church community do something practical to reduce your dependence on energy then Energize Stur Valley wants to hear from you.  We hold a monthly meeting where we make sure we get things done rather than just talk about it.  Sturquest and Sturminster TTN websites magazine and  we hope local parish magazines are interested in carrying our suggestions.

Generating income after FITS from renewable energy

Sara and Andrew Cross at Goldhill Organic Farm have just installed solar PV panels on their new cafe at the Organic Farm in Child Okeford.  “We could not believe it started working even with the recent mid winter sun heavily clouded over and we expect it to generate close to £1500 per year.”  Local providers tell us that even though the government has reviewed the subsidy payments, people investing in the new year will see the costs drop by aroud a quarter so contrary to the news the returns on your money are still liklely to be better than sticking it in the bank.

For an electronic copy of the Free Advice flyers, to join us and make a difference we would love to hear from you or for some real world advice on the steps you can take please email

Solar Power in Hinton St Mary

Its wonderful to see more Solar installations now in Hinton St Mary.

Each of the householders who have had solar installed will have experience and knowledge of what it entails and how to avoid the pitfalls.

here’s an idea….
Would everyone with Solar sign up to a scheme whereby anyone in the Village can contact them and ask for their first hand experience. Good tips on how to go about it and anything that will help anyone in the village interest in renewable energy to sign up with greater confidence.