Integrated Energy - Our Vision


This is how we see the energy supply evolving over the next 2 to 5 years, serving many residential properties, business premises and community buildings. Significantly increasing the local generation and storage of electricity. The electric vehicles (EV) also acting as 'batteries of wheels' to help store excess renewable energy when available.

DSG Vision (A Call to Action)

Dorking Solar Group (DSG)’s vision is that many householders, businesses and public sector organisations whether locally, nationally or globally, have or actively strive for:



Transport (a major consumer of energy)

Water (a precious resource and needs lots of energy)


Food (a major contributor to climate change issues; with choices to be made)




This viable list of actions is available to implement right now across all walks of life and geographies; and shows that there is a real undeniable alternative to the current unsustainable direction of travel that is inflicting our planet.

If you need help, support or guidance in order to move in this direction, please contact us.


* means: Renewable energy is: Solar PV, Onshore Wind, Offshore Wind, Anaerobic Digestion (AD) of organic waste, subsea Tidal Streaming turbines, Tidal Barrage, Wave energy capture, geothermal, Solar thermal, Air Source heat pump, Ground Source heat pump, Waste heat recovery, or Biomass (only from locally sourced & managed forestry waste; not large scale imported pellets from the other side of the world).

Strong preference is to avoid solar PV farms on prime agricultural land. Strong preference is to avoid large scale biomass combustion as a renewable energy.

Notice that every one of these sources is derived from the sun and/or the planet, and generally avoids combustion.

** means: One tree captures approximately 2kg CO2 per annum. One hour of say a Boing 737 flight emits around 90kg of CO2. Source: forestry commission and (aviation).

*** means: some statistics, calculations and conclusions about Beef consumption in UK -->

79kg beef is consumed per person per annum in 2016 in UK. Source:

UK population in 2016 was: 65.6 million. So 5.2million tonnes of beef eaten in UK pa.

A 1200 lb steer, half inch fat, average muscling, yields 750 lb carcass, which yields 490 lb boneless trimmed beef. That is 222kg beef per animal. Source: So 5200000 divided by 0.222 is 23million animals eaten per year in UK

One cow releases around 70 to 120 kg of methane pa. Methane has 23 times global warming potential (GWP) than CO2. So release 2.2tonne of CO2 equivalent on average per annum. (Based on average point which depends upon quality of feedback and agricultural management). Source: Cows effectively convert grass, feedstocks, sunlight and nutrients into methane.

That is 23m x 2.2t = 50million tonnes of CO2 per annum in the UK.

By comparison:

An average house consumes 4,200 kWh electricity and 12,000 kWh of heating pa (assume natural gas combi boiler). Electricity average 2017 grid carbon is 0.35 kgCO2/kWh and gas is 0.19kgCO2/kWh. That means the average house CO2 emissions per annum from electricity and heating are 3.8 tonnes CO2 per annum.

So beef consumption in the UK is emitting roughly the same amount of CO2 emissions as the energy consumed by 13 million residential properties.

There are 27.3 million homes in UK in 2016. Source: ons

So beef consumption in the UK is emitting roughly the same amount of CO2 (equivalent) as 48% of all UK’s residential properties energy (electricity and heating) emissions. And this is without considering land use impacts or feedstock production impacts or water consumption impacts. The water use to produce 1kg of beef is an amazing 15,000 litres of freshwater. And is not considering cows for milk production nor lamb consumption.