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A problem with free solar panels

January 24th, 2014

The pro’s and cons of installing ‘free’ PV solar panels (photovoltaic) to your home have furiously debated.

The industry as a whole, but there seems to be real evidence now that they may have been too good to be true for some households.

What generating free power with PV solar panels feels like?

What generating free power with PV solar panels feels like?

If you have a free system in your home, then you need to be aware of recent feedback coming through from others who installed free solar panels too.

Although we have always preached on the side of caution, the news that Natwest, Nationwide and the Yorkshire banks are not dispensing mortgages on homes with free PV solar panels could come as a shock to some. Read the rest of this entry »

Timing when installing PV solar panels

January 17th, 2014

The UK has reached a remarkable milestone with over half a million PV (photovoltaic) solar panel installations confirmed today, but will you be in time to benefit from this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Timing is everything when installing PV solar panels.

Timing is everything when installing PV solar panels.

Some people view others as being lucky; I say it’s all about timing and being in the right place at the right time.

If you’re reading this now, then you too can be lucky enough to be installing solar panels at just the right time.

Throughout my ten years of working with PV solar panels, I have always preached relentlessly that its best to install sooner, rather than later, but never has this been so true as it is right now. Read the rest of this entry »

PV solar panels are a great purchase

January 6th, 2014

If you are pondering whether to install PV solar panels (photovoltaic), then this is the time to decide and maximise your investment.

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.

There are very few purchases in life which stay with you for three decades and even fewer which still benefit you, so unless you scoot down to the shops in a Austin Princess, then you will undoubtedly know what I mean.

The key to maximizing PV solar panels potential is to install early and receive the feed-in tariff while it’s still around.

The early bird catches the word and this has never been so true when discussing solar panels today.

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A PV solar panel gold rush

December 10th, 2013

Just like the supermarkets a week before Christmas, the PV solar panel (photovoltaic) installation industry is now going through a frenzy of demand.

We have seen this boom and bust scenario many times since the feed-in tariffs were initially introduced in 2011, with smaller spikes in demand and seen on a regular basis.

The side of the story you don’t hear is that the reason that PV solar incentives are being reduced is that the overall costs of an average photovoltaic installation have been reducing year to year.

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Are solar panels worth installing?

December 5th, 2013

I can think of only one downside to installing solar panels to your home and that is Santa cannot land on your roof for the next thirty years. This will make his Christmas eve harder and more dangerous than previous years.

Why Santa hates solar panels?

Why Santa hates solar panels?

Seriously though, I was gobsmacked when a friend asked me: “are solar panels worth installing?”, to which my reply was: “energy prices have risen every year, year on year, so why wouldn’t you?”

Now this may not be as condescending as it first seems, as my friend in question is intelligent, articulate and may I say very beautiful – however after 10 years of enthusiastically shouting from the hills about solar panels, the problem here lies with me because I see a very different world to the one most people see. Read the rest of this entry »

Will an electromagnetic pulse affect PV solar panels?

November 20th, 2013

In the ten years since I first fell in love with PV solar (photovoltaic) 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. Read the rest of this entry »