Archive for ‘PV & EV’

PV solar panel technologies in the United Kingdom

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

“When I first began constructing this website resource in 2004, solar heating was the most popular technology, and PV solar panels (photovoltaic) in the UK were considered laughable.”

Annual contributions for an average home with PV solar panels in the UK.

Annual contributions for an average home with PV solar panels in the UK.

In fact, the PV industry at that time was so small that I was told “I wouldn’t bother if I were you” by one of its biggest players at that time. How the world changes in such a short period.

Advanced knowledge that the North Sea oil and gas fields had already peaked back then and that the golden age of cheap energy would be over for good within a few short years.

Luckily my resolve to continue on my solar-powered journey over the last decade remained. (more…)

PV solar panels in the UK, don’t make me laugh

Friday, September 11th, 2015

“PV (photovoltaic) solar panels don’t work in the UK”.

PV solar panels effectiveness in the UK.

PV solar panels effectiveness in the UK.

Yes, they do work and work brilliantly. If people actually researched the subject properly, they would find out that solar panels run less-efficiently in hotter climates than cooler ones.

You don’t even have to take my word for it, as now over 600.000 solar panels installed in Scotland alone have taken place in the last five years.

Annual UK solar radiation figures:
Scotland: 900-1000 kWh per sqm.
Midlands: 1000-1200 kWh per sqm.
South coast: 1100-1300 kWh per sqm.

Then there are the countless solar heating panel installations installed before the current feed-in tariff scheme. Solar heating panels were the most popular type of solar panel installation in the UK before the advent of the solar tariff schemes. (more…)

Time for PV solar panels is now

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

“The UK government’s efforts to kill off the PV (photovoltaic) solar industry and lead us to a fracking hellish future has begun. Regressive greed-based policies have replaced progression toward giving people a choice to produce their own clean, affordable energy.”

Taking away PV-power from the people and handing it back to the big energy firms.

Taking away PV-power from the people and handing it back to the big energy firms.

Cuts by the government to support PV solar technology will take away power from people and be handing it back to big energy firms who have been secretly lobbying to prevent alternative energy taking off.

Begin the fight back by adding your name to the parliament petition:

We are now finding that there was never any sound long-term strategy where global economics are concerned. Those cheap toasters from China that so many people rejoiced about pre-credit crunch, came with a huge price tag! (more…)

PV solar panels and our debilitated civilisation

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

“Hundreds of years in the future, the oil industry will be no more than a small industry supplying lubrication products and the thought of burning it for energy will be viewed as neanderthal.”

Ensuring your children’s survival once involved appeasing the sun gods. Humanity once again needs to worship the sun.

Ensuring your children’s survival once involved appeasing the sun gods. Humanity once again needs to worship the sun.

The baby steps towards this worldview have already begun, and the oil industry has used and continue to use every dirty trick in the book to prevent this timeline from occurring.

Wrestling the power that the traditional energy industry holds over us, will be like wrestling a dangerous object from a belligerent toddler – a necessary, but painful procedure.


Reducing the risk when installing PV solar panels

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

“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

“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

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

Today I will put solar panel technology on trial.

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

“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 PV solar panels (photovoltaic).”

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

“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.”

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

“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…)