September 25th, 2012
It’s taken a while to implement, but the solar industry is now gearing up for another successful year, with the announcement of the Renewable Heat incentive scheme for solar heating panels and evacuated tubes.
First announced by the Labour government in 2009 and after a consultation period, the scheme is not designed to reward early adopters of solar heating for being the first to install these low-carbon technologies.
Later adopters will get a lower rate of return or if you leave it too long into the future, or possibly no incentive at all because the scheme is designed to reduce as installation numbers rise. Read the rest of this entry »
September 19th, 2012
In the early 20th-century, it would have been an inside toilet which would have been a house buyer’s not essential but must have the deal sealer. In the early 21st-century, it turns out that PV solar panels (photovoltaic) are the new must-have equipment desired by house buyers of today.
PV solar panels are the cherry on a very desirable cake.
Also, a good 3G mobile connection and a spacious wardrobe are other desirable extras, for purchasers in the new age, according to a poll of over 1,000 house buyers by ING Direct.
As the property market becomes more stagnated and people who are in the buyer’s market to purchase become more selective and demanding, the ultimate non-essential and number one wish on the current wish list, is a solar panel installation. Read the rest of this entry »
September 14th, 2012
To anyone who may have been pondering whether or not to install PV solar panels (photovoltaic) on their home or business, then now is the time to get your skates on.
The futures bright for homes with PV solar panels installed.
This year has seen a continued government attack on the solar industry, fuelled by George Osbourne’s (conflict of interest here) connections to the North Sea oil and gas fields.
Despite the fact, that year after year of North Sea outputs dropping, our chancellor is throwing more incentives through tax relief, to companies attempting to find oil in an already exploited region of the planet.
This year has seen cut after the cut for the incentives for microgeneration technologies including PV solar panels, have meant (sorry Gordon Brown) a continuous boom after a bust for an industry trying to compete with a global market whose vision extends further than the next election. Read the rest of this entry »
September 11th, 2012
Is modern civilisation sprinting in a long distance race?
The road to a successful species.
Certain changes in my life, including the birth of my son have called into question for me, the fundamental question. Are we as a species really successful?
For a few generations including my own, the outlook was bright; progress was bountiful with year on year developments in medicine, technology and agriculture. This progressive golden age has increased our species numbers like never before. Success is ours, or is it? Read the rest of this entry »
September 5th, 2012
An open letter to the Green parties of the world.
After the appointment of Natalie Bennett of the United Kingdom’s Green Party, I feel I speak for many when I see an opportunity to do the right thing.
Changing the seemingly impossible is possible.
Apart from a very loud vocal minority, most people are convinced that our climate has changed for the worse as a result of human activities. Most people given a chance to do the right thing would do just that, but often mainstream party politics do not have any alternatives.
The problem comes from the green party having an image problem, which is preventing most people from taking them seriously. The clue is in the name, “The Green” Party. Green politics is still perceived as sandal-wearing wishful thinking and does not encourage average families to adopt a greener way of thinking. Read the rest of this entry »
August 30th, 2012
If you’d have told the builders of the Roman Colosseum, that people would fly in their hundreds of thousands from across the unknown worlds to see it, then that concept would have been inconceivable to them.
What lies ahead, environmental disaster?
Likewise, a broken planet Earth can seem inconceivable to us now, but it doesn’t mean it won’t be right. I firmly believe we have not grasped the seriousness of the situation.
The biblical-sized ecological catastrophe, with both sides turning up the heat on each other. People with unabated growth and expansion while the planet, turns up the heat a little further with every action we make. Read the rest of this entry »