We have been looking in more detail at renewable energy, particularly photovoltaics, over the weekend after a visit to our house on Thursday to cost up a system for our own roof. On Saturday we visited a friend in Wark to look at the system they have installed – a (just under) 4kW array on a west-facing roof. It was almost identical to the system we would have though a little larger. Today we visited the Allendale area seeing solar thermal panels on the roof of the Old Smelt Mill and a mixture of photovoltaics, ground source heat and a wind turbine at the tiny Whitfield school.
Between renewable technology we also managed a short walk above Allendale. We were working out a recording system for birds on the GPS and it was a fine day for them. Curlews and lapwing seemed to be everywhere with skylark and meadow pipit also showing signs of pairing up; buzzards, too, were over the nearby woodland.
There were signs of spring all around though the flowers are a little behind up on the hills. Even the patch of non-native daffodils on the road-side were still to burst into bloom.