Unlocking Edinburgh's Solar Platform

Our City has a large number of rectagular spaces, half of which face west or south, that are ideal places for solar PV panels, they are 4/5 stories high and therefore clear of vandals, most have uninterupted day light and yet they are ignored.  If we made use of this untapped asset we would go a very long way to meeting Edinburgh's climate / carbon emissions targets, we would greatly reduce the load on the national grid and reduce the cost of electricty.  To achieve this the council, possibly with government help, needs to do some enabling and encouragement.   A tenement roof is usually owned by a number of people and each flat has its own electricty connection so some eneabling work (legal and technical) is needed to allow all the flats to share the electrcity generated.  The scheme could be improved further by using spare daytime electricity to charge electric cars as well as heat water or charge batteries for later use.  The prize is great but it does need help to get it started.

Why the contribution is important

This is important becuase it gives the CEC a chance to demonstrate that it is taking climate change seriously and for it to become a leader, it also enables many more people in the city to feel part of the solution and will facilitate charging of electrical vehicles without requiring a vast increase in grid capacity.

by mpetty712 on November 10, 2020 at 05:12PM

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  • Posted by Jenni123 November 11, 2020 at 10:17

    Every CEC owned property and blocks of flats should have solar panels to power the lighting that is on 24/7 365 (communal stairs and all CEC offices).
    It would be helpful to have smaller panels on top of every bus & tram stop to fund the smart noticeboards and on top of every lamp post in the city to reduce the costs of using electricity.
    It should also be encouraged for every privately owned building in the city (private or business) to have panels on to reduce their costs/emissions.
  • Posted by Voiceofreason November 21, 2020 at 21:55

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  • Posted by Mmunro49 January 12, 2021 at 14:46

    Some seriously good ideas here.

    China has driven down the cost of solar panels. Social energy, where energy is shared between houses is definitely the answer to reducing carbon footprint and reducing even eliminating costs for householders.

    China now has solar bus stops. capable of providing their own light, transport data, WiFi etc. Possibly adding excess energy to the grid. Now China is set to export solar buses. Hmmm Once upload time real-time at bus stops was a pipe dream. Watch this space as Edinburgh Council begins its blew journey into sustainable, free services:)
  • Posted by Mmunro49 January 12, 2021 at 14:48

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  • Posted by MJMcD0ugall January 26, 2021 at 16:21

    The legal and technical issues of flats having several different owners is a challenge that we should start to tackle. I see those roofs and wish they were generating electricity !
  • Posted by Mmunro49 January 27, 2021 at 10:54

    I think the part of my comment that has been removed might have been to do with the name of a company?

    Suffice to say, solar technology is moving on. It will become the norm as it gets cheaper, more productive ie it provides more electricity and panels become smaller therefore capable of being put on all roofs:)))
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