Archive for ‘Solar panels in the UK’

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


Solar heating panels and the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Last updated on December 15th, 2017 at 11:53 pm

“It’s taken a while to implement, but the solar industry is now gearing up for another successful year, with the announcement of the Renewable Heat incentive scheme for solar heating panels and evacuated tubes.”

Evacuated tube installations and incentives in the United Kingdom.

Evacuated tube installations and incentives in the United Kingdom.

First announced by the Labour government in 2009 and after a consultation period, the scheme is not designed to reward early adopters of solar heating for being the first to install these low-carbon technologies. Later adopters will get a lower rate of return or if you leave it too long into the future, or possibly no incentive at all because the scheme is designed to reduce as installation numbers rise. (more…)

Solar panels are a hangover cure

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 07:51 pm

“While watching the queen’s jubilee celebration, it struck me how most of us are living through the best of times.”

Has humanity peaked?

Has humanity peaked?

What’s this got to do with solar panels? Please bear with me on this; the ending is banging.

Showing my seven-year-old stepson, images from the Hubble space telescope and satellite pictures of the Earth, I was surprised by his blasé nature of the subject matter. (more…)

A PV solar panel industry looks forward

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 07:37 pm

“As someone who’s involved in the PV solar panel industry since 2004, I have seen the highs and lows of the industry over the last few years, with a continued stream of grants and tariff fiasco.”

Home of the energy savvy.

Home of the energy savvy.

It has broken my heart recently, to see how poorly the latest government policies dealt the industry, but not all the blame should be lade at the door of the government.

The recent media interest from a high-profile court case, which cast a dark cloud over the industry, left consumers confused and left their confidence at an all-time low.

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The dot com boom and solar panels

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Last updated on December 18th, 2017 at 04:44 pm

“What do solar panels and the internet have in common?”

Greed caused the dot.com boom and bust of the turn of the millennium. People rushed to invest in a new exciting, technology with only one thing in mind, financial gain.

Welcome to the solar panel century.

Welcome to the solar panel century.

With a flood of people willing to invest, new and exciting internet companies now viewed as the next big thing, and at the time, many thought would be here to stay.

The fledgeling internet industry when Google was still in its infancy, saw an anticipated return on investment figures, which in hindsight were just too good to be true.

Anything coming across as familiar yet? Greed, it could be said, got in the way of a fantastic idea, but did it? (more…)

Forecasting the future for solar panels

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Last updated on December 18th, 2017 at 05:00 pm

“Forecasting the future for solar panels -Living by the seaside gives you a different perspective on life. In medieval times, you were always conscious of what or who may come from over the horizon.”

Where now for oil?

Where now for oil?

In modern times, people don’t tend to look any further than the 5-day weather forecast.

The future is never inevitable, but the outlook predicted, and predictions for energy prices by the big six energy companies themselves, will be just like the seaside tide. The small endless waves of seawater creep up gradually but forcefully. Just like tidal forces, the vast, uncontrollable, engine driving energy prices upward will continue unabated and without mercy.

So for this reason, the solar panel industry will continue to flourish driven by families who wish to be less reliant and reduce their everyday household living and energy costs. The reasons why energy costs continue to flow upward are varied but easy to understand. (more…)

Don’t dilly dally with PV solar panels

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 07:44 pm

Please don’t dilly dally with PV solar panels because sometimes the shortsightedness of some people can leave you speechless, but the short-slightness of the people in power just leaves me dumbstruck sometimes.

Domestic solar panels.

Domestic solar panels.

After much heartache over the last few months caused by the governments mishandling of the feed-in tariffs scheme’s reduction for PV solar panels. With the still unsettled court case which the government has already lost twice, but continues to appeal.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the “Greenest Government Ever”, as quoted by David Cameron, doesn’t like renewable energy technologies. (more…)

A beginners guide to solar panels

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Last updated on April 27th, 2018 at 09:23 am

“I would like to dedicate this article to the newcomers of solar panels, and those who wish to support the technology and take advantage of the benefits, but don’t know where to begin.”

A solar-powered home.

A solar powered home

Solar panels have never made such financial sense. Domestic and commercial MCS solar panel installers give you the ability to generate your energy through solar panels are becoming more and more popular. Reducing dependence on ever-increasing energy prices is what motivates most people to install solar panel technology.

The science behind solar panel technology?

When solar radiation or solar energy enters the earth’s atmosphere, it does so as a shortwave. When these short waves hit something like a person, building or solar panel, then the wave converts to long wave. The process expels a small amount of energy, and this energy produces heat or electricity depending on the panel type.

There are two types of solar panels; both do very different jobs, but both use energy from the sun:

1. Solar heating panels (including evacuated tubes)
2. PV electric solar panels.

Which you choose is up to you, but it depends on which type of energy cost you want to reduce and how much you can afford to spend on a solar project.

People now see solar panels as an investment in the home.

PV solar panels

Domestic and commercial photovoltaic, solar panels are commonly known as PV solar panels, use photocells to convert solar radiation into electricity. The PV cell consists of one or two layers of a semiconducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the solar cell, it creates an electric field across the layers, causing electricity to flow. The higher the intensity of the sun, the higher the flow of power.

Sell electricity back to the National Grid with the feed-in tariff scheme. Receive a guaranteed 20 years income from your PV solar panels. The incentive is tax-free and open to anyone who installs electric, solar technology in their home.

In addition to saving you money, photovoltaic, solar panels provide a wide range of benefits, even in the UK climate. Investing in your home and your energy future with an on-grid connected system with a typical lifespan of 30-40 years. Solar panels, in general, have never made such financial sense.

Feed in tariffs also known as the Clean Energy Cash Back Scheme, an incentive that pays people for producing their power. A domestic solar installation now connected to your meter and the National Grid, so any excess you create can be sold to your energy company who is obligated to purchase your power. This scheme is called the feed-in tariffs (FIT’s project) which are designed to reward the early adopters of solar the most and the later adopter the least.

Solar heating panels

Domestic and commercial solar heating systems gather energy radiated by the sun and convert it into useful heat in the form of hot water. Solar heating technology has been available since the 1970’s and works alongside an existing boiler, to provide hot water or space heating with underfloor heating.

Installing a solar heating system in your home can provide between 50% and 70% of your hot water needs each year for free. Heat my Home is at the forefront of solar panel systems in the UK and install MCS accredited modern technology for outstanding results, even in our climate.

This super technology for generating clean heat usually installed on the roof, stimulated by strong financial incentives from the government. A solar heating system is a single or a combination of multiple panels, which trap and move heat to your hot water tank. Space heating is possible in certain circumstances. MCS will install the system accredited solar installers as either:

On-roof.
In-roof.
Flat-roof or garden.

Some homeowners prefer the aesthetics of a flat panel, but evacuated tubes are more efficient in the winter months. Both systems work excellently in our UK climate, so we offer both flat panels and solar tube technologies, so you can decide which is best for yourself.

Access to the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI) feed-in tariff incentive, which pays you for generating the heat, even if you use yourself.

The type of system required for your home depends on many factors, which is why we always survey your home before quoting. This survey is free and without obligation.

Evacuated solar tubes

Evacuated solar tubes have used in the UK for many years. With the ongoing energy price rises, it has become an even more cost-effective method of generating your hot water and thus using less from fossil fuel sources.

An average system can generate around 60-70% of the hot water required a year, which in turn will reduce your hot water bills. We install evacuated tubes because they are the most efficient solar heating technology.

In the summer, most of your hot water needs can be produced using an evacuated solar tube system. Even though the winter months, it can contribute heat from the sun to your water tank so reducing the number of times, your boiler fires up.

I would love a solar installation.

A bright future for solar panels

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

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

“After months of uncertainty for the solar panel technology industry, the clouds are clearing, and the sun is breaking through for the solar panel industry at last.”

The PV solar panel apocalypse in the UK between 2012 and 2018.

With a considerable reduction in solar panel costs over the last 18 months, (but won’t last forever) the old feed-in tariff rate should have been reduced much earlier conceded the industry. It wasn’t, and that’s why we saw the feeding frenzy last year.

The solar panel industry has been in limbo since the two court case fiasco over the Christmas period, thus creating customer uncertainty and a public relations nightmare for a trade just finding its feet.

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Don’t dilly dally with solar panels

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 07:21 pm

“Some of you may have heard from the national media recently how the PV solar panels incentive scheme, also known as the feed-in tariffs, are to be reduced to new applicants on December 12th this year after a swift decision doing this by the coalition government.”

There's nothing more powerful than when a PV's time has come.

There’s nothing more powerful than when PV’s time has come.

So as the title of this article says “don’t dilly-dally if you want to receive the maximum rate of tariff!”

What’s reported, however, are the reasons why the feed-in tariff rate now reduced earlier than planned. The original purpose of the scheme was to help the solar industry grow organically over the years and to reward pioneering homeowners for installing such technology.

The problem came when too many solar companies took advantage of this scheme by giving some eligible homeowners their installations for free, with the solar company reaping in the tariff rewards.

This loophole in the legislation should close as soon as it became apparent what was happening, but unfortunately, this didn’t occur, and the feeding frenzy by free solar panel companies began.

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Fit and forget with PV solar panels

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 06:57 pm

“With the solar panel industry now fretting over the latest government changes to the feed-in tariffs, we explain why solar panels will continue to be a part of everyday life, even here in Britain.”

Evacuated solar tubes and PV solar panels.

Evacuated solar tubes and PV solar panels.

We have all seen solar panel installations appearing on homes over the last couple of years. The decision to buy by the owners of about 50% of those solar installations had been helped by the first feed-in tariff scheme introduced in 2010.

Contrary to popular belief, the decision to buy has not been spoiled by ‘generous’ companies giving away ‘free’ solar panels but has been helped by a fear of escalating energy prices in the future. (more…)