Archive for ‘Solar panels in the UK’

“A growing number of people adopting PV solar panels and securing a more positive long-term future.”


Award-winning solar panel enthusiasts – really?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Last updated on May 16th, 2018 at 09:30 am

Apparently, I’m the 2018 Sustainable Building Award winner by BUILD magazine.

Beware BUILD Magazine Awards and the vanity scam .

Beware BUILD Magazine Awards and the vanity scam .

As the proud winner of the Best Online Energy Awareness Advisory 2018 category, I get the privilege of purchasing my trophy for £295 and a celebratory write-up for £3,495 – wow!

Further investigation of Build Magazine unravelled a ‘vanity scam’ award or “everyone’s a winner” scheme.

“To see the light; is to go solar” – as I once put it, but in this case its to see the wood from the trees. (more…)

Solar buyback schemes want your feed-in tariff contract!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Last updated on January 3rd, 2018 at 12:05 pm

Since its inception, the feed-in tariff scheme has seen over 750,000 homes install PV solar panels, but in another extraordinary twist to the story; contracts are now being purchased like Pokemon trading cards.

UPDATE: The MCS accreditation body wants solar-owners report companies that trade in such contracts.

Are solar buyback schemes a good thing?

Are solar buyback schemes a good thing?

Beneficial or not?

One proud solar-owner told me he’d been contacted by such a company who wanted to buy his feed-in tariff contract for a measly couple of grand under what they called a ‘Solar buyback’ scheme!

This ‘lucky’ PV owner was offered the option of cashing in on his FIT with a tax-free lump sum.

I mused that “like the infamous ‘payday loans’ and ‘unlock your home’s equity’ schemes, you would have to be either desperate or ignorant to accept such an offer. (more…)

Fighting in solar panels and green energy’s corner

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Last updated on January 3rd, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Twelve years of shouting from the rooftops about solar panels have seen tears of joy, sadness and quite frankly, I have put my life on the line in this good fight.

Fighting for a solar-powered world.

Fighting for a solar-powered world.

Why?

Because a solar-powered civilisation is not only achievable; it’s necessary!

Today, we have secretive, global-wide geoengineering occuring because of forty years of deception to simply keep you blindly shopping.

And like national debt today, the ecological problems get kicked further down the road for later generations to deal with – we are that generation! (more…)

Reuniting Britain under a clean energy goal

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Last updated on January 3rd, 2018 at 09:58 pm

Nobody can tell you who’ll be Prime Minister in thirty years time, but what is certain; is that solar panels, will still be contributing to your family’s future – Ma’am.

A time for leadership from our royal leader.

A time for leadership from our royal leader.

With this kind of longevity, they can help your family ride out any political upheavals.

People are arguing that there is not much sun in the UK – think twice. For the first time, the UK’s solar panels generated more electricity than was produced from coal.

With advancements in photovoltaics today, the realistic prospect of such technologies producing 95% of their generating capacity after 20 years is now proven. (more…)

Our solar panels are better than their panels

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Last updated on December 5th, 2017 at 08:20 am

“The road to a cleaner world has been made especially difficult by commission-hungry salesmen with just enough technical knowledge to the bag they’re next sale – but don’t lose heart.”

Solar panels are essential for a cleaner greener world.

I developed Heat my Home as a resource for the earliest solar adopters, to help them avoid the pitfalls that come with being a solar pioneer.

Solar panel technology has been that next ‘big thing’ for a few years now in the eye of the salesperson, but the biggest industry lesson learned was; if you’re told “Our panels are the best in the world”, then back away slowly and politely. (more…)

Don’t rush into buying solar panels, but don’t dilly dally either

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Last updated on December 4th, 2017 at 09:13 pm

“A good friend of mine phoned me up about a conversation he had with a doorstep canvasser, who was pressing him into adopting solar panels before the January change.”

I wouldn't recommend an East/West solar installation.

I wouldn't recommend an East/West solar installation to my mum so that I wouldn't recommend you either.

I get a complete breakdown of the conversation, and I can tell you it upset me.

Firstly, yet again the seemingly incompetent way in which the government seems to handle the incentives for solar panels is allowing shameless companies to take advantage of people.

The direct sales and cold calling teams are ramping up activity and knocking on double some doors to urge folks into getting solar panels installed before it’s too late – I thought. (more…)

Are solar panels in the UK worth it?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Last updated on December 5th, 2017 at 08:47 am

“The revolution will not be televised. The revolution is on the world’s rooftops as solar technology becomes a symbol of hope in a civilisation that is now beginning to fail due to its dependence on burning dead dinosaurs.”

They don't want you to generate your own power which makes solar technologies cool.

They don't want you to generate your own power which makes solar technologies cool.

I regularly get asked whether solar panels are worth it, and I just reply that 600,000 homes in only the United Kingdom alone have them on their roofs.

Many installed solar panels to invest, but the vast majority of people I spoke to in the last decade, merely see trouble down the road for their children/grandchildren and want to invest in a better future.

These are planetary sized issues that “we are truly all in it together”. Solar savvy people are just taking matters into their own hands, and I would go further and declare solar panels as a symbol of calm while the world’s politicians continue to blunder their way through the 21st century. (more…)

The power of women behind the solar revolution

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Last updated on December 5th, 2017 at 08:59 pm

“As a man raised by a headstrong woman and who has respect for other empowered women, even today within our industry, thus I would like to welcome Amanda Rudd to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.”

The sun goddess Sunna from German mythology.

The sun goddess Sunna from German mythology.

Rudd has recently declared:

“We in the UK are leading the way in clean technology, innovation, creating new jobs and helping to power our economic recovery.”

I look forward to witnessing the power of a woman to help push the solar panel industry into its rightful place as the people’s technology of the 21st century. (more…)

A game-changing week for solar panels

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Last updated on December 5th, 2017 at 09:03 pm

“Get them while they’re hot.”

Indeed, its been a week of good and bad news for the solar panel industry.

Sunrise or sunset for the industry?

Sunrise or sunset for the industry?

From day one, I have always cautioned that the incentives available for solar panels were a window of opportunity and those smart enough to take advantage of the opportunity will be rewarded financially and self-righteously for decades to come.

The uptake of photovoltaic solar panels, in particular, has been steadily increasing year on year thanks in most part to the ‘Labour’ inspired feed-in tariff scheme. However, this new ‘Conservative’ led government is almost certainly going to sweep away the incentives currently on offer. (more…)

Vote solar panels and help us avoid fracking up the future

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

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

“Let’s cut the crap! You cannot do anything economically without an affordable and long-term energy strategy. Every other electoral promise is just throwing sweets about like a clown at a child’s birthday party.”

Fracking versus solar panels.

Fracking versus solar panels.

No deficit reduction, no NHS spending, no up-down or down-up wealth creation can occur if our energy supply isn’t properly secured.

Increased disposable income for the masses and thus a more resilient economy cannot occur while our nation is dependent on the big six energy companies. No amount of switching providers will change that fact.

In fact, the only reason the 1980s boomed was that of the considerable investment in the North Sea, but now a more permanent fix is required for our future energy requirements.

Fast forward thirty years and the short term-ism of that investment is now becoming apparent (ironically, less time than solar panel systems working life) and a fresher approach to unlocking household income from the uncertainty and volatility of global energy markets is now required. (more…)