I remember walking down a street recently and thinking to myself ‘Didn’t the future arrive quickly?’ PV solar panels (photovoltaic) have been popping up everywhere and for the perfect reason.
The Simpson’s vision of the future consisted of solar panel clad homes with holographic trees.
The trees are still real, but families across the country are increasingly realising the long-term benefits of solar panels, not only to alleviate themselves from increasingly more expensive energy costs but also to gain from the incentives that are still around for adopting alternative technologies.
The equivalent of 4m homes will have solar technology installed by the end of the decade in the United Kingdom alone, but the rest of the world has also seen an upsurge in the amount of solar panel installations too, and this is no coincidence.
Global energy security for all but the most oil-rich countries have been the most talked about topic in all of the G8 summits since the first gulf war. Even Saudi Arabia who supplies 80% of Europe’s oil demands is investing 100 billion pounds in becoming self-sufficient in alternative energy technologies. Maybe they know something we don’t?
Whether we like it or not, the world is changing around us very quickly indeed, and like most things in life, the early bird catches the fattest worms.
Recent reductions in the cost of the solar panels themselves will not last forever by limited resources, and generous incentives now enjoyed by homes installing solar panels today and once ‘the fledgeling solar industry’ has matured.
There has never been such a good time to adopt solar technology.
A revolution in the way people think about energy has begun although it’s not a traditional noisy revolution, you can see its effects by walking down most streets in any part of the country today. The future may not be how we exactly envisioned it, but it is here already, and the growing cost of energy need not be the problem which will blight most people over the coming years.
Join the quiet revolution. The solar-heated water is lovely, the small electricity bills are right, and the annual government cheques are better than without these technologies.
The pride people feel by being the first on the street is my motivation for creating a future we can all benefit.