Rhosygilwen, in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, is the location of a pioneering build project. The first affordable, zero energy, solar home was constructed here, at the site of the first large scale PV (Photovoltaic) plant in Wales, commissioned in 2011. The Photovoltaic panels produced by MiaSole, can generate up to 1200KWs of electricity, enough to power 500 homes.

Tŷ Solar Homes, the company behind the idea, have been created to develop zero energy affordable housing.

They seek to source 80% of their materials and expertise in Wales and create local employment. The project which delivered the working prototype of the solar powered 2-storey home in Rhosygilwen, is currently building several homes in Pembrokeshire.

It is sustainable manufacturing, housing and energy production, all integrated into one simple idea.

Tŷ Solar has achieved Cat A ratings for Energy Efficiency and Environmental Impact, in accordance with UK2005 European Directive 202/91/EC.

The solar homes project has four objectives:

1 To develop an Eco home with a Code for Sustainable Homes rating of at least level 4 / 5 of the sustainability code

2 To utilise locally sourced timber for the substantial part of its construction thereby creating a sustainable regional supply chain

3 To commercialise the prototype for sale as a prefabricated house and create local, semi-skilled, manufacturing jobs

4 To bring a change in awareness of timber built homes.

We visited Rhosygilwen just a few weeks ago, and have to say the solar home is both innovative and truly inspirational.

To find out more about it, simply follow the link below… Ty Solar To follow progress of the build, you can also Like Pentre Solar on Facebook IMG_1345