August 9th, 2013
Last week, I received a comment from someone who regularly reads my articles, and compared to ‘the boy who cried wolf’. I would share with you my response to what I take to be a compliment as I would be more embarrassed if I were telling people everything was OK!
A clear and present danger.
The fable of the ‘boy who cried wolf’ stems back to a period of history when human beings were still very vulnerable in a world we could not recognise today. Shepherds and indeed the boy in question were vital for protecting the villagers’ livestock from the dangers of their day.
However, unwise for tricking the villagers, not once, but twice, the fact was they were still living in a world full of danger. The threat of the wolf was always there, despite the villager’s scepticism by the third time the small boy cried wolf yet again. Read the rest of this entry »
July 23rd, 2013
While enjoying a pint during a country walk, I was distracted by a conversation occurring behind me about solar panels.
Do solar panels work well in the United Kingdom?
Interested to hear a stranger’s point of view about my beloved subject, I kept an ear on the conversation whilst admiring the beautiful Welsh countryside around me.
It didn’t take long for the conversation to steer around the effectiveness of solar technology within our varied British climate.
Resisting the urge to break my silence and introduce myself as an enthusiast for solar panels, I listened carefully to the conversation as the eldest of the two gentlemen begin to sing the usual myths surrounding this technology.
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July 18th, 2013
The long-awaited confirmation of a feed-in tariff like the incentive for solar heating panels has been confirmed this week by Greg Barker of the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
Solar heating panels are child’s play.
Using the already existing feed-in tariff for photovoltaic solar panels, introduced by the last Labour government as a template, the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme for solar heating has been long-awaited by the UK solar industry. It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the confirmed tariff payment of 19.2p per kWh for heated solar output over a period of seven years once a system’s installed.
This incentive is available to homes and businesses who install solar heating including evacuated tubes and flat-plate solar panels that produce heat for water tanks, central heating and swimming pools. Read the rest of this entry »
July 11th, 2013
A person who speaks as frankly as I do and whom I have admired for many years, recently spawned the quote “They will be knocking down our doors to get hold of our solar panel technology” while speaking at a PV solar (photovoltaic) industry conference last week.
You hit the nail on the head yet again Mr Leggett.
Human history was littered with mistakes and bad decisions by our leaders. These bad choices usually entail much suffering and even death for the general population in those times.
Underestimating or also blatantly ignoring the true-scale of the energy problems we all now face, may again prove this hypothesis right. Read the rest of this entry »
July 2nd, 2013
I have always been excited by new technological innovations, but it has been a while since the solar panel industry has made any substantial innovative breakthroughs, until now.
First impressions of thermodynamic solar panels seemed too good to be true, but upon closer research, the hype around this newest of solar technology did warrant closer inspection. I liked the thermodynamic system so much that I have decided to promote it here within my Power My Home website happily.
This system is a complete solar heating panel technology which surpasses traditional flat-plate and evacuated tube installations by clever use of integrating heat pump technology.
Now don’t get me wrong, traditional evacuated tubes and flat-plate solar panels are both fantastic at what they do, even in the United Kingdom environment, but they do have a noticeable Achilles heel. The ability to work at night, as well as the day, is where thermodynamic technology now supersedes its sunshine loving cousins. Read the rest of this entry »
June 23rd, 2013
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.
There’s nothing more powerful than when PV’s time has come.
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. Read the rest of this entry »