There is indeed a small community in Leicester (4 members - most recent joined just a couple of weeks back) - set up just under 3 years ago, with another potential member active posting on the Forum who was looking at testing a GW in the area around 18mo-2yrs back (pre-pandemic) - between Leicester & Nottingham IIRC (I had a GW in Nottingham at the time that was having to be relocated and so I offered as a potential for use - it’s since been redeployed back into Nottingham after ~1 year out of the area - some 2-3 months back). If you want to you could reach out to others in Nottingham, Shepshed (Loughborough) or poss S.East to Coventry (one I initiated and where I have another GW deployed), or possibly up towards Derby(shire) or even Chesterfield.
@cslorabox your concerns noted and stated before in other threads but Solar is a great - and often the only - option in many LoRaWAN use cases, requiring off-grid or independent from grid operation… from own experience I know of Agriculture, Viticulture, Agreology, Bee-Keeping/Apriary monitoring, Extractive industries (Mining/Quarrying, etc.), road/rail infrastructure construction phases and later long term monitoring, flood monitoring/early warning, large scale construction site monitoring - wide area or high-rise - e.g. where site assets, site noise, site dust/contaminents levels etc. need to be monitored/tracked (actually some overlap with e.g. quarrying etc.) for the duration of site activity - may be many weeks/months through several years so may be considered a ‘temporary’ deployment in that deployed GW’s may be removed after some time - but hardly would be considered a denial of service attack but rather a welcome, if temporary, extension to the network… a GW going up/down hourly or even for odd hours/days over many weeks or months depending on weather/time of year can be an issue but can be mitigated against - correct panel sizing, correct battery capacity/charging planning, system placement (maximising hours/minimising shadowing etc.), and even network densification such that enough GW’s (even temporary) in an area means any one dropping off due to lack of power doesnt purturb e.g. ADR too much in the scheme of things.
@mikeyp it’s not often that UK weather gets stuck in a bad rut with ‘no’ sun for more than 3 days so 3 day (& night) capacity is a good start point/rule of thumb unless you can tolerate more often drop outs. Even weak sun can ‘hold’ charge and hence maintain operation, even if not enabling battery boost operations. Having small back up batteries that can charge/trickle more quickly than main supply and can be switched in/out on demand is a good safety/mitigation strategy and helps extend battery life. Long term drift (several days or a few weeks) down due to insufficient daily boost can cause some systems to switch out to assist protecting/extending battery life so may need monitoring. This can be seen below in the case of one of my experimental solar rigs (deliberately badly positioned with building and tree shadowing that gradually impeeds solar input as seasons change and sun gets lower to horizon in late autumn/though winter, so I can test behaviour & mitigation strategies).
By coincidence (though Nick might quote an NCIS ‘Gibbs’ rule about this!) to this post it dropped out early hours last night (you see step where load switches out and battery output voltage shows slight recovery):
Stepping back to recent days and recent inclement weather you can see the general drift down (wouldnt happen so noticably for a well placed system)
And this ‘conditioning’ and gradual ‘exhaustion’ becomes even more obvious over longer time periods - you need to plan for this if GW isnt to disrupt general network use or is required to deliver value for substantive periods when it is operational