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Look Up! Solar App – 10:10

Another great project from 10:10!

Everyone plays a part.
No-one does it alone.

They’re 10:10. They help people tackle climate change.


ABOUT LOOK UP!

Our villages, towns and cities are full of roofs, just waiting to be turned into solar power stations.

All we need to do to find them is Look Up!

Look Up harnesses smartphone tech to let anyone size up a roof for solar panels in seconds – no special knowledge required. It’s a bit like Pokémon Go, but for solar.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

1 Find a roof that you think might look good with solar panels on and fire up the app to check it out.

2 In two simple steps you can add the roof to our treasure map. Then find out how much power it could produce by adding a few more details.

 3 Share your find on social media and climb up the leaderboard. There are some great prizes up for grabs!


I’VE FOUND A ROOF, WHAT’S NEXT?

That’s up to you. By adding roofs to our treasure map, you’re helping show the massive untapped potential for solar power in the UK, making the case for a renewable-powered future that bit stronger, and the move towards it a little bit closer. So if that’s where you want to leave it, we’re ok with that. But there is more, if you want it!

Get involved in our Look Up competition

We’re giving away prizes to the people who find the most solar power potential before the clocks go back on October 30th. There’s a DIY solar panel making workshop, plus Rapanui clothing vouchers up for grabs, so get treasure hunting!

Run a Solar treasure hunt

The Look Up app is a great way to get people excited about solar power. So gather a group of people – it could be a few friends, your Scout group or the local WI – and set them off to see who can find the most solar treasure (roofs!). We’ve made a handy guide on how to get started.

Get some solar panels on that roof!

It’s been a rocky road for solar over the last 12 months, with the government slashing their support for renewables. But that doesn’t mean that putting up panels isn’t a good idea.

If you’ve found a roof that….

  1. faces south with no shade,
  2. would be easy to reach and install the panels on (you know, not too much scaffolding, and made of metal or tiles),
  3. is on a building that uses plenty of electricity during the day (like a school or an office)…

Then it’s very possible that putting up solar panels makes sense for the wallet, as well as the planet!

If it’s a building that you’re in charge of, then get in touch with a local solar installer. They’ll be able to give your roof a proper survey and work out how many panels it could take and how much it’d cost.

If it’s a roof that belongs to someone else, then try community energy! That means forming or joining a community based group that agrees a lease with the building owner to put panels on their roof.

There might already be a community energy group nearby you could team up with. Have a look at the membership lists on Community Energy England, Community Energy Wales or Community Energy Scotland.

If there isn’t anyone near you, the Community Energy Resource Hub has everything you need to start one yourself.

Finally…

Solar treasure hunting only the beginning – there are loads more things you can do to cut your carbon and become Unstoppable. 

And we’d love to hear from you. If you’ve enjoyed using the app, or you’ve run a solar treasure hunt, or it’s got you involved in community energy then we’d love to hear from you! Drop us an email with your story.

Sandbag’s smartphone app

Sandbag has developed a new smartphone app with ‘The climate numbers worth tracking’.

This new app provides a live feed of three numbers Sandbag believe everyone should be watching to see progress towards CO2-free energy systems:

  • For the UK: How clean is the electricity we are using; now and the next 24 hours
  • For Europe: How much does it cost polluters to emit greenhouse gases to the atmosphere?
  • For the world: What is the current atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases?

 

Clean electricity:

The first number is the average carbon intensity of the UK grid at that moment. The colour shows variation as the intensity changes.
Clicking through shows a breakdown of current generation by energy source. Colours here show carbon intensity of an energy source. The data comes direct from the National Grid and includes estimates of embedded renewables (e.g. rooftop solar).
At the top they display the carbon intensity throughout the day. It is easy to see when the electricity is cleanest.

Polluter pays:

The second number is the EU carbon price. A higher price means higher costs for power and industry to emit a tonne of greenhouse gases.
The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) covers more than 45% of emissions in Europe. The app tracks how much companies in the scheme have to pay for their pollution permits. The UK has a top-up in the form of the Carbon Floor Price, so the app presents that as well.

The big one:

Increasing atmospheric CO2 is the main driver of climate change. Sandbag takes concentration measurements from two climate research stations (Mauna Loa, Hawaii, and Mace Head in Ireland). The concentration fluctuates through the year with deciduous forest growth, but year by year rises upwards, towards the 450ppm concentration that will likely represent the 2 degrees of warming ‘danger threshold’ for the planet.

 

Thank you to Ed Gillespie from Futerra for sharing this with us!