PV solar panels for a crazy world

"An extraordinary road towards an
electric-driven world enhanced with PV."

Next-generation PV solar panels

January 13th, 2011

In a time before the credit crunch and long time before the feed-in tariffs made PV solar panels (photovoltaic) on your home a very attractive proposition, I began promoting the benefits of solar for one very simple reason.

The PV solar panel apocalypse in the UK between 2012 and 2018.

I believe we should leave our planet in a right, healthy way for the next generation. Our children! And waiting for the politicians to fix this one, well it just isn’t going to happen.

Since I was a child, humanity has learned many new things, such as Star Trek communicators are possible; planets exist around other stars.

Additionally, Pluto isn’t a planet at all, but the most important of our newly acquired universal knowledge is that our home planet is a living, breathing, self-regulating and prone to sickness, ill-health and even death when compared to our planetary neighbours. Read the rest of this entry »

Feed-in tariffs for PV solar panels

January 11th, 2011

Feed-in tariffs make 2010 the best year for PV solar technology.

Game-changing solar panels and installations.

Game-changing solar panels and installations.

Figures from the UK energy regulator Ofgem, show that 42MW of solar electric power was installed last year (2010) a considerable increase in the 4MW levels seen in 2009.

PV (photovoltaic) solar panel installations, covering 16,000 properties, has ultimately been driven by feed-in tariffs (Fit scheme) that started on 1st April 2010.

An exponential number of homeowners, businesses and schools across the UK have been making the headlines this year because of their efforts to embark on installing solar panels. PV solar panels are a proven and widely used technology in Europe, the US and Asia.

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PV solar panels of the United Kingdom

December 8th, 2010

UK householders still have reservations about the effectiveness of PV solar panels (photovoltaic) in the UK climate.

Solar panels effectiveness in the UK.

Solar panels effectiveness in the UK.

The United Kingdom commonly experiences around 48% overcast days per year. So does this mean solar panels are useless in the winter months?

No, says Stuart Lovatt from Heat my Home. A good PV solar system will still contribute on most cloudy days in Britain. This myth is a common misconception, brought about from the clunky early years of solar when technology was young.

I wouldn’t have got on a plane with the Wright brothers, but modern aeroplanes with new technology have become everyday life. The same is now happening with solar panels. Read the rest of this entry »

Generate an income with PV solar panels

December 1st, 2010

A lot of people don’t believe it is reasonable to use solar technology in the UK, but that’s not the case.

Chinese solar panel farm with Panda

The Chinese are throwing down the solar pioneer gauntlet to the men of Great Britain.

Germany is the most significant market with around 40% of the world’s total and the UK has about 60% of the sunlight on average than the equator.

The solar market is vast in Germany with the UK market expected to follow over the next few years.

If you are a commercial enterprise or a homeowner with southerly facing roof space, PV (photovoltaic) solar panels are becoming a new buzz word in the world of investment.

Planning permission has been granted to transform a former Wescott airfield into what could be the UK’s first commercial PV solar panel site.

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Free PV solar panel offers

November 3rd, 2010

I am considering an offer of free PV (photovoltaic) solar panels on my house. The offer seems very generous. There is no charge, a 25-year guarantee and all work involved is done by accredited installers. Is there any drawback to this type of solar panel offers?

Yes, there are several drawbacks.

The feed-in tariff (Fit scheme), where homeowners generating their own electricity are paid by energy companies for every unit of power they feed into the national grid.

It is the Fit scheme that makes photovoltaic, solar panels worthwhile as an investment because it might earn the average solar owners around £900 a year from a £12,000 to £15,000 (around 7% return as opposed to 3% by leaving it in a bank account).

The promotional literature from these types of solar companies suggests that the average homeowner signing up for this type of rent-your-roof scheme will reduce their electricity bills by around £150 per year. Read the rest of this entry »

Planning for future energy wars

September 29th, 2010

An admittance by Ministry of Defence staff on Jeremy Vine afternoon talk show today came as a shock to many people in the United Kingdom.

Brexit. My Arse.

Brexit. My Arse.

An anonymous caller into to the show admitted that the Ministry of Defence is already planning for future wars over energy which prompts the question, what plans do the new coalition government have to reduce our countries dependence on insecure resources.

The show broadcast with the main topic of discussion being, possible Ministry of Defence cuts. Read the rest of this entry »