May 17th, 2011
PV solar panels (photovoltaic) have had an unexpected benefit. They increase the value and sellability of your home.
This situation only applies if you install the solar panels yourself. Companies which offer free PV solar panels, and rent your roof space, will have the opposite effect.
You do need to make sure that you own the PV solar panels because solar panels offered by a free solar panels company will quickly become a white elephant for anyone selling a property which has solar panels held by a third party.
A PV solar panel installation makes a house more desirable to any future home buyers if it is part of the property than one with free solar panels, which is not. Also, estate agents have seen averagely priced properties with solar installed selling for up to 5-10% more than properties without PV solar panels.
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May 10th, 2011
It breaks my heart to have to write this. As someone who loves the natural world, biodiversity and the human race, I find the realisation that we are unable to co-exist is sad.
So how have we, with all our modern wisdom and knowledge of the world and our place in it, failed on such an important issue?
Now, as Friends of the Earth has just discovered, the coalition government is about to rip up its environmental commitments.
Listed as negotiable are: Read the rest of this entry »
April 5th, 2011
PV solar panel (photovoltaic) installations are growing with the feed-in tariff scheme, but why?
There’s nothing more powerful than when PV’s time has come.
Global oil prices hit a two year high yesterday, with warnings that the soaring cost of raw materials could put the brakes on the U.K’s economic recovery.
Solar panel installations are growing with the feed-in tariff scheme, but why?
Crude oil pushed above $120 a (46.6p) per barrel after concerns that continued fighting in Libya, unrest in Yemen, forthcoming elections in Nigeria, one of the world’s biggest producers and the prospect of a resurgent US economy would put pressure on supplies.
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March 15th, 2011
Learning that current levels of oil production and use are not going to bring down civilisation with the ongoing crisis in the Middle East does not fill me with relief and satisfaction, which everyone seems to think it should do.
I would have thought that irrespective of present Middle Eastern problems, ideas for renewable energy sources taken seriously.
Governments must invest in the right policies for manufacturing industries now because oil supplies are indeed finite. They should become experts in finding innovative and efficient alternatives to oil.
Competition for oil and gas in the Arctic regions are now going to increase, especially since last year, Scottish oil producer Cairn Energy confirmed it had found oil off Greenland, and one of NATO’s senior commanders warned the race for resources will lead to conflict. Read the rest of this entry »
March 10th, 2011
The coalition government gave details of its subsidies for solar heating panels this morning, as part of a series of environmental announcements aimed at boosting the government’s green credentials.
The awaited Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) aimed at increasing the amount of heat that homes and business can generate from low-carbon sources such as solar heating panels and evacuated tubes. Only a tiny proportion of the UK’s housing stocks have renewable heat technology.
Up to 25,000 installations will now support from July, to help people cover the installation price of greener heating systems and will ensure there is a fair spread of such technologies across all regions of the UK. Read the rest of this entry »
February 24th, 2011
Germany is the world leader in the implementation of PV solar panels (photovoltaic) into its everyday infrastructure.
In fact, it was a train journey to Salzburg in 2003 which persuaded me that PV solar panels were the future, to quote a horrible cliche.
They were everywhere, and so after getting home and researching why, I found that Germany had, in fact, been promoting solar panels through their pioneering feed-in tariff scheme since 1997.
The German solar panel market remains the most exciting in the world, with success forming the blueprint for countries like the UK today. Read the rest of this entry »