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One Step Off The Grid

Posted on: October 14th, 2015 by Barley Store

Ralph recently had an interview with Giles Parkinson, from One Step Off The Grid, about the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project and his zero carbon lifestyle.
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Solar Panels Installed

Posted on: December 19th, 2014 by Barley Store

The first round of Solar Panels have gone up on the 5×4 Building.

Whilst this is an exciting first step to our sustainable energy production, there is still a long way to go before our solar system is fully up and running.
The roof holds 9 of our proposed 15 solar panels, with the remaining 6 to be installed on the north side of the building in the near future.

Solar system installed on test site

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by Barley Store

Torus Group installed the solar panels on the test site today, in an effort to offset the emissions of the build. This meant our test site would be generating enough power to effectively make the build carbon neutral, fitting in with our project mantra.


The solar panels on the roof of the test site send the solar-generated electricity back into the grid, which means that when we come to power electronic equipment and tools – and draw power from the grid – our kilowatt usage will be neutralised. It seems like a rather roundabout method, but batteries for storing solar powered electricity are yet to be made for private systems at a reasonable price, which means that operating through the grid is still the most practical way for urban dwellers to run their solar power.