Archive for ‘PV & EV’

“PV solar panels and EV (electric vehicles) walking hand-in-hand towards a more positive outlook.”


Reducing the risk when installing PV solar panels

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Last updated on December 5th, 2017 at 10:48 pm

“When I was young and stupid, I decided to show off and climb a cliff face unaided. Risky – Yes, did it end well – No. My ugly mug in the local paper was a testament to that.”

Done correctly, installing PV solar panels can be risk elating.

Done correctly, installing PV solar panels can be elating.

There’s no getting away from it, life is a risky experience, and we all make mistakes. Some people go-make snap decisions, and some are meticulous and research before embarking on life-changing choices.

Wisdom is no more than your lifetime’s accumulation of mistakes and triumphs, but smart people learn from others too.

This reason is why I created Power my Home. To help people researching solar panels and who want to immerse themselves in the subject before taking the plunge. (more…)

PV solar panels and degradation

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Last updated on February 4th, 2018 at 11:57 am

“A common sales tactic used by salesmen within the solar industry is panel degradation. This issue should be a minimal consideration when choosing a potential installer.”

Better technology and improved techniques reduce degradation.

Better technology and improved techniques reduce degradation.

Degradation is a big issue, but most new panels as I will show, have degradation rates so small that it should only be a little consideration for you, yet the overall price of the installation should be more worthy of your investigative powers.

To begin investigating the panel degradation issue, it’s important to know exactly what the terms “degradation” and/or “Power or Performance Warranties” mean. These industry terms will be used by installers and salespeople when presenting their photovoltaic systems for your consideration. (more…)

PV solar panel technology on trial

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Last updated on December 7th, 2017 at 08:20 pm

“Amazingly, many people still hold the old worldview that PV solar panels are a wasted investment both personally and nationally. This myth has never been further from the truth, as I will prove beyond reasonable doubt.”

Today I will put solar panel technology on trial.

Keep calm and enjoy PV solar panels in the United Kingdom.

Keep calm and enjoy PV solar panels in the United Kingdom.

Your honour – One of the most significant injustices that the PV solar panel industry has had to endure during its fledgeling years, is the sticky issue of subsidies. Unfortunately, it’s under attack from the mainstream media that have their agendas.

The reality is that Britain has become the world’s fifth largest user of fossil fuels at the cost of £2.6 billion with an additional £280m in VAT tax breaks this year alone. These perverse amounts of money are never mentioned alongside the comparatively small solar energy subsidies which the media above love to complain about. (more…)

Have PV solar panels become a symbol of independence?

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Last updated on December 7th, 2017 at 08:45 pm

“The greatest fight for independence was the US declaration against the then oppressive rule of the British in 1765. The White House has stood proudly as a symbol of independence – and even more so, now it has been equipped with photovoltaic solar panels.”

PV solar panels are a technology before its time.

PV solar panels are a technology before its time.

This move has become a renewed symbol of independence as the American people look for alternative ways to fight for energy independence in an increasingly volatile and energy-hungry world.

This statement by the US authorities of national pride in their solar panel industry while duplicated in our country and within our own lives.

The most significant power of the 20th century has finally vindicated my decade-long pursuit of the solar-panelled dream. From the earliest days when people only saw solar technology as a ‘green statement’, to its current status as a wise person’s long-term investment. (more…)

A powerful argument for buying PV solar panels

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Last updated on December 8th, 2017 at 09:48 am

“This sentence is the most profound statement I have heard over the last ten years since working on Heat my Home. It now marks this point in time, in which the benefits of installing solar panels, exceed the reasons not to.”

Are solar panels worth it? From this point in time, certainly.

Are solar panels worth it? From this point in time, certainly.

This statement came from one of our regular contributing experts within our solar enthusiasts’ forum, where the age-old question of, ‘are solar panels worth it’, occasionally gets asked.

This once common question now gets asked far less frequently than even a couple of years ago.

Since the start of the German-inspired feed-in tariff scheme (FIT), the incentive reduced to newer adopters, several times to align the reward scheme with the reducing price of an average solar panel installation today. (more…)

Why waste money installing PV solar panels?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Last updated on December 8th, 2017 at 01:06 pm

“In a verbal exchange, the wisdom of adopting solar panels was brought into question. I was unwillingly brought into this mild-mannered dispute as a third-party expert to cast a professional opinion on this particular solar panel quandary.”

Don't argue about installing PV solar panels.

Don’t argue about installing PV solar panels.

Commonly known as ‘Solar Stu’ to my friends for my undiminished enthusiasm for all things solar panelled, I suppose it was this that brought about this situation, but the question posted and this couple now each stood to hope for me to back-up their point of view.

Using my best diplomatic skills and to somewhat ‘sit on the fence’, I realised that both sides of this argument were correct.

The question should be, “will a solar panel installation be affordable for your circumstance?” Affordability is subjective and differs depending on many different factors, but installing solar panels should not be undertaken if it breaks the bank. (more…)

PV solar panels are cutting edge space technology

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Last updated on December 8th, 2017 at 01:11 pm

“Feeling inspired by the recent Channel 4 series ‘Live from space’, I remember being influenced by the construction of the International Space Station (ISS) a decade ago which ultimately contributed to my enthusiasm for PV solar panels.”

PV solar panels in space.

PV solar panels in space.

The most prestigious solar panel installation on Earth, or not, showed me that you don’t have to be connected to the grid in theory and also in practice.

Now for clarity, I am not saying every home can live off-grid solely on solar panel power alone because there are two main differences between the ISS and your semi-detached.

Firstly, on Earth we are subject to seasonal changes with below cloud-level weather differences, and in most cases, the amount of space available to accommodate solar panels is limited here on Earth.

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The problem with free PV solar panels

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 08:51 pm

“The pro’s and cons of installing ‘free’ PV solar panels to your home have furiously debated.”

The industry as a whole, but there seems to be real evidence now that they may have been too good to be true for some households.

What generating free power with PV solar panels feels like?

What generating free power with PV solar panels feels like?

If you have a free system in your home, then you need to be aware of recent feedback coming through from others who installed free solar panels too.

Although we have always preached on the side of caution, the news that Natwest, Nationwide and the Yorkshire banks are not dispensing mortgages on homes with free PV solar panels could come as a shock to some. (more…)

Timing when installing PV solar panels

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 08:55 pm

“The UK has reached a remarkable milestone with over half a million PV solar panel installations confirmed today, but will you be in time to benefit from this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Timing is everything when installing PV solar panels.

Timing is everything when installing PV solar panels.

Some people view others as being lucky; I say it’s all about timing and being in the right place at the right time.

If you’re reading this now, then you too can be lucky enough to be installing solar panels at just the right time.

Throughout my ten years of working with PV solar panels, I have always preached relentlessly that its best to install sooner, rather than later, but never has this been so true as it is right now. (more…)

PV solar panels are a great purchase

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 08:58 pm

“If you are pondering whether to install PV solar panels, then this is the time to decide and maximise your investment.”

To install PV solar panels or not to install; that is the question?

To install PV solar panels or not to install; that is the question?

There are very few purchases in life which stay with you for three decades and even fewer which still benefit you, so unless you scoot down to the shops in a Austin Princess, then you will undoubtedly know what I mean.

The key to maximizing PV solar panels potential is to install early and receive the feed-in tariff while it’s still around.

The early bird catches the word and this has never been so true when discussing solar panels today.

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