UK-based renewable energy generator ‘A Shade Greener’(ASG) is the first of an expected many companies to offer free solar photovoltaic installations to residents in the UK, while they take the feed-in tariff payments. Sister website to PV-Tech, Solar Power Portal, dedicated to solar in the UK has discovered that ASG has been able to secure supply deals with China-based ET Solar for 185 watt monocrystalline modules (ET-M572185) and inverters from SMA Solar Technology for the residential rooftop market.
The company, which is based in South Yorkshire, started up in October 2009 with the aim of installing 2,000 PV systems on residential rooftops in select regions, however, since the introduction of the feed-in tariff and exposure on the BBC (video here), interest has increased dramatically.
A company representative told Solar Power Portal that customer requests have amplified by so much in the last week that they are actually receiving five calls per second. Due to this unprecedented demand, ASG is expected to expand its workforce from its current northern locations down into the Midlands and the South West regions of the UK.
Each system installed is typically comprised of 18 ET Solar modules with the aim now for a target of 6,000 systems installed in three years. Initial funding to the tune of several million pounds has been secured with the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Future installations will be sustained by the feed-in tariff payments.
A typical installation by ASG is said to be in the range of 3.3-kilowatt hours (kWh), which could lead to an initial 19MW of installations over the first three years of the programme.