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Renewable energy technologies
Solar Heated Water




Solar heated water can provide almost all of your hot water during the summer months and about 60% year round. The average domestic system reduces carbon dioxide by around 350 - 400kg per year, depending on the fuel replaced. A typical family could save £100 - £150 per year.

See Solar Heated Water in use at the following sites:
Stonehaugh Village Hall; Stonehaugh Campsite; Saughy Rigg; Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham; Deneholme Residential Centre, Allendale Town; Ninebanks Youth Hostel; Whitelee Farm, Byrness nr Otterburn
Solar Photovoltaics




PV systems produce no greenhouse gases and each kWp can save approximately 325kg of carbon dioxide emissions per year, adding up to about 8 tonnes over a system's lifetime. Once fitted, they require very little maintenance. An unshaded south facing roof is ideal for installing PV.

See Solar Photvoltaics in use at the following sites:

Falstone Old School; Stonehaugh Village Hall; Ninebanks Youth Hostel; Whitelee Farm, Byrness nr Otterburn
Ground Sourced Heat




For every unit of electricity used to run a ground sourced heat pump, 3 - 4 units of heat are produced, making it an efficient way of heating a building. A ground source heat pump can have lower running costs than oil, LPG, coal and electric heating systems.

See Ground Sourced Heat in use at the following sites:
Stonehaugh Village Hall; Saughy Rigg; Old Repeater Station, Grindon; Whitfield Parish Hall; Deneholme Residential Centre, Allendale Town; Whitelee Farm, Byrness nr Otterburn
Biomass Heat




Burning wood is a carbon neutral process, as the carbon dioxide released when energy is generated from biomass is balanced by that absorbed during the fuel's production. Furthermore, biomass can contribute to waste management by harnessing energy from products that are often disposed of at landfill sites.

See Biomass Heating in use at the following sites:
Kielder Garage; Kielder Boiler House; Kielder Woodstore; Falstone Old School; Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham; Park End Estate
Wind Turbines




Wind power is a clean, renewable source of energy which produces no carbon dioxide emissions or waste products. In the UK we have 40% of Europe's total wind energy, and wind turbines come in many sizes to suit most requirements. Open sites are best.

See Wind Turbines in use at the following sites:
Skyspace; Stonehaugh Village Hall; Stonehaugh Campsite
Hydro Turbines




A good hydro system at the correct site can generate a steady, more reliable electricity supply than other renewable technologies at a lower cost. Hydro turbines can convert the power in falling or running water into electricity. For small schemes the end user needs to be very close to the hydro site.

See Hydro Turbines in use at the following sites:

Kielder Hydro; Whitfield Parish Hall