Archive for ‘Solar panels in the UK’

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


Will an electromagnetic pulse affect PV solar panels?

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Last updated on February 8th, 2018 at 07:49 pm

“In the ten years since I first fell in love with PV solar technology, I have been answering questions from pioneering adopters and thought I’d heard them all. That was until asked, “whether an electromagnetic pulse will affect my solar panels?”

Sunspots produce X-flares.

Sunspots produce X-flares.

In celebration of Power My Home’s 10th birthday, I will answer this most unusual of questions.

Upon further enquiry, I discovered the nature of this question stemmed from worries about the current peak solar activity and more than usual solar flares which are currently being ejected out by the sun.

If one of these super-massive coronal mass ejections (CMEs) were to give the Earth a direct hit, then this would bath the planet and our solar panels with electromagnetic waves, but not pulses. (more…)

Do solar panels work in the United Kingdom?

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 08:31 pm

“While enjoying a pint during a country walk, I was distracted by a conversation occurring behind me about solar panels.”

Do solar panels work well in the United Kingdom?

Do solar panels work well in the United Kingdom?

Interested to hear a stranger’s point of view about my beloved subject, I kept an ear on the conversation whilst admiring the beautiful Welsh countryside around me.

It didn’t take long for the conversation to steer around the effectiveness of solar technology within our varied British climate.

Resisting the urge to break my silence and introduce myself as an enthusiast for solar panels, I listened carefully to the conversation as the eldest of the two gentlemen begin to sing the usual myths surrounding this technology.

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Incentives for solar heating panels are confirmed

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Last updated on December 11th, 2017 at 07:08 pm

“The long-awaited confirmation of a feed-in tariff like the incentive for solar heating panels has been confirmed this week by Greg Barker of the Department of Energy and Climate Change.”

Solar heating panels are child's play.

Solar heating panels are child's play.

Using the already existing feed-in tariff for photovoltaic solar panels, introduced by the last Labour government as a template, the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme for solar heating has been long awaited by the UK solar industry. It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the confirmed tariff payment of 19.2p per kWh for heated solar output over a period of seven years once a system’s installed.

This incentive is available to homes and businesses who install solar heating including evacuated tubes and flat-plate solar panels that produce heat for water tanks, central heating and swimming pools. (more…)

Thermodynamic solar panels for the United Kingdom

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Last updated on December 11th, 2017 at 09:53 pm

“I have always been excited by new technological innovations, but it has been awhile since the solar panel industry has made any substantial innovative breakthroughs, until now.”

First impressions of thermodynamic solar panels seemed too good to be true, but upon closer research, the hype around this newest of solar technology did warrant closer inspection. I liked the thermodynamic system so much that I have decided to promote it here within my Power My Home website happily.

This system is a complete solar heating panel technology which surpasses traditional flat-plate and evacuated tube installations by a clever use of integrating heat pump technology.

Now don’t get me wrong, traditional evacuated tubes and flat-plate solar panels are both fantastic at what they do, even in the United Kingdom environment, but they do have a noticeable Achilles heel. The ability to work at night, as well as the day, is where thermodynamic technology now supersedes its sunshine loving cousins. (more…)

The future with Chinese PV solar panels

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 08:25 pm

“Currently the European governments are deciding on new legislation which would influence the future of cheap PV solar panels from China.”

The future of cheap solar panels.

The future of cheap solar panels.

This potentially, could put an end to the current influx of cheap and affordable (PV) photovoltaic solar panels which many households have benefited from over the last couple of years.

Many people across the United Kingdom would have noticed the solar panel bonanza which has seen this type of technology springing up in homes all around the country.

This era has occurred for two main reasons. (more…)

Cheap PV solar panels in the United Kingdom

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 08:29 pm

“Here at Power My Home, we have always encouraged people to get an installation while the going is good.”

Waking a sleeping dragon is never a good thing.

Waking a sleeping dragon is never a good thing.

Many have adhered to this advice and now enjoy the financial benefits, now and for the next three decades to come. Having solar panels installed on your roof is a no-brainer in today’s world of energy uncertainty and insecurity.

The importance of solar panel technology is not yet realised by most people in the west again, just because most people are still in the mindset of the cheap and abundant resources.

The old world of affordable energy is over, but the Chinese government has noted solar technology’s importance in the 21st century. (more…)

Window of opportunity with PV solar panels

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 08:07 pm

“For as long as I can remember, I have been telling people that solar panels are a worthwhile investment for not only today but also so far into the future that you can’t yet imagine how.”

Solar panels won't always be this cheap.

Solar panels won’t always be this cheap.

There are very few technologies that last or benefit their owners for over thirty years (Think of the car you were driving three decades ago), but this is not the reason I sing these much-misunderstood technologies praise.

The current incentives for solar panels aren’t set in stone. They will be reduced for later adopters when the inevitable happens, and mainstream people en mass are forced to install, just to keep their energy bills from spiralling out of control. (more…)

Calling all solar panel pioneers?

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Last updated on December 13th, 2017 at 08:31 pm

We would like to hear your experience if you have had a solar panel installation recently.

We love our solar panels

We love our solar panels

As thousands of homes and business’s across the United Kingdom now benefit from this technology, thousands more are now considering taking the plunge into the world of alternative heating and power.

Please feel free to let others know about your experience and benefits, so they too can become solar technology pioneers. (more…)

A sunny future for solar panels

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 08:10 pm

“However, humanity’s horizons are filled with storm clouds. Already within one month of this new year, four astonishing things have happened that will change our thinking about the role solar panels will play in our society and the new forward-thinking political policies.”

A forward-thinking strategy.

A forward-thinking strategy.

A new time of enlightenment or too little too late? You decide.

1. Barack Obama in his inauguration speech to the American people finally acknowledged that the global warming issue is a real human problem that will affect not just our kid’s future. Our generation, and the here and now, as global droughts, erratic climate changes begin to affect our ability to feed ourselves.

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PV solar panels and high energy costs

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 08:05 pm

“With the average combined savings and incomes from householders who have installed PV (electric) solar panels, the financial rewards have increased from £540 to £635 per year.”

As the sun goes down on cheap energy.

Sun goes down on cheap energy.

Alternative energy, also known as micro-generation and green power has up until recent years have been considered a technology for the environmental conscious household.

This viewpoint may have been valid in the golden age when gas and electricity and even food were cheap, plentiful, those times are now nothing more, but a flickering memory for most people.

The real benefits of putting solar panels, heat pumps or even biomass heaters as part of household ‘energy mix’ are now becoming apparent. (more…)