Archive for ‘PV & EV’


Is my roof suitable for PV solar panels?

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

We all live in boxes. Some people’s boxes are bigger than others, but ultimately, it’s a box that contains our lives.

Most UK homes have the two main ingredients for PV solar panels.

Most UK homes have the two main ingredients for PV solar panels.

Now let’s power our boxes without full dependence on global politics with PV solar panels.

The most important factor concerning your roof’s ability to host solar panels is orientation.

For the best performance of your PV solar panels (photovoltaic), your roof needs to be South or South East, South West in its orientation.

Many also install on a split East/West roof, and although this is acceptable, the output of the panels will be significantly reduced compared to southerly facing roof space. (more…)

Germany’s pioneering PV solar panel story

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

“A farmer once said to me “if I live on a windy hill, it’s crazy not to have the wind generate my power.”

A solar-powered century is within our grasp.

A solar-powered century is within our grasp.

It’s that level of common sense that will project solar technology forward in the next decade, despite Cameron and Osborne’s outdated and somewhat secret agenda.

30% of Germany’s electricity output is produced using PV solar panels (photovoltaic). The same northern European country with the same type of climate as the UK. (more…)

PV solar panels are healthy for humanity

Monday, October 12th, 2015

“The act of installing PV solar panels (photovoltaic) is just as important today, as ensuring safe drinking water was in our earlier history.”

Because I want my grandchildren to know granny did something.

Because I want my grandchildren to know granny did something.

In the 1920s, all drinking water began to be disinfected with chlorine. This single act of sanitation brought us the rising populations that gave us the modern world that we see today.

These well-defined moments in time seldom seen as such at that time, and the people in those grainy black and white films would never have known the consequences that their new safe and clean drinking water supply would have on the future. (more…)

PV solar panels 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?

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 fightback by adding your name to the parliament petition:

https://petition.parliament.uk/signatures

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