Myth : Rural areas are all powered by alternative energy anyway

A large number of rural families and business are 'off-grid' and therefore have to make other choices. But in fact, the stark choice is most often between the polluting (coal, wood or heating oil) or renewable energy technologies which do not have the government support to make truly viable

Solar Thermal

Solar panels used to provide hot water have long been a feature on the rooftops of southern European homes and businesses. Today solar technology has advanced dramatically and they can now be seen from Sweden to Sardinia. However, we cannot rely on the sun to shine and in properties with a 24 hour energy requirement, the nights can get very cold! Where natural gas is not available all the environmental benefits of a solar thermal energy system can easily be outweighed if fossil fuel generated electricity is relied upon to supplement it during the dark days and nights. The natural partner technology for solar thermal in rural energy is LPG. An LPG condensing boiler can harness all the benefits of solar heated water whilst providing a constant source of lower carbon generated heat whenever it is needed – 24 hours a day.

European Solar Thermal Industry Federation: www.estif.org