Towards a greener future.
The start of the journey
In 2014 we decided to build a home that would eliminate the reliance on fossil fuels and eliminate fuel poverty. We started with a very simple premise, that the sun was the biggest source of untapped energy in the universe and that we should seek every means possible by this use of technology and astute design to maximise this celestial power source. We decided to throw out every preconception on building a home and start with a clean sheet of paper. The result was TY Solar (means Solar House).
Loving the earth
As far as enjoying planet earth as our natural habitat, time is not in our favour. Within the next couple of decades we will know if this planet has passed the terrifying point of 1.5 deg C of warming. If it does pass this threshold, our days of ease are numbered.
The world is grappling with ways to reduce carbon emissions to zero and avoid this point of no return when cities will drown, islands vanish and nations become ungovernable. Whilst much work is being done to find technical solutions, the bigger challenge remains the human one. How do we transform ourselves? How do we change minds and hearts, unhelpful social attitudes and ingrained, destructive practices? It is our belief that this deeper transformation will only come about when people discover that sustainable living is not only better for future generations, but it makes you feel better and is more enjoyable. Everybody counts. Everybody can make a contribution. We cling to the believe that Chaos Theory, in which little things together can bring about a big change, will be the only way to bring about the massive change we need.
A warm comfortable home is one of the most primeval and fundamental requirements of human living. We created our business in a humble cowshed which acted as our factory and from where we created our first prototype and then went on to create the first zero carbon Solar village in Wales. With dozens of homes being rolled out, we believe we are well along the road to zero and those who live in our homes will be joining us in this long but necessary journey.
Road to Zero
What is zero carbon?
vision for the future
How did we get to this point?
Homes from trees.
The home as a power station
The technical stuff
Disrupting the cycle of inefficiency
The cow shed
Our small fledgling, born in a cowshed firm, has come of age. Already we see an intense interest in what we are doing and In the words of Oscar Wilde ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’. Today each Ty Solar home comes with a 12-year builders guarantee and is made by some of the best craftspeople in West Wales. Our homes combine both modern materials technology and electronics with simplicity in design. Everyone we employ is proud to work on our projects and we hope you will join us on this important journey towards zero.
Dr. Glen Peters
Founding CEO, Western Solar Ltd