October 28th, 2015
If you live on a windy hill, it’s crazy not to have the wind generate power.
Similarly, on a sunny planet, it’s crazy not to have the sun generate power. 40% of Germany’s power output is produced with PV solar panels. It’s common sense that’ll project solar panel adoption forward. A northern European country with a similar type of climate as us. Read the rest of this entry »
October 16th, 2015
I developed Power My Home as a resource for the earliest solar adopters. We helped solar pioneers avoid the pitfalls. Solar panels have been the next ‘big thing’ for many years. The largest lesson learned in the earliest days is if you’re told:
“Our solar panels are the best in the world”, back away slowly and politely. Read the rest of this entry »
October 12th, 2015
Installing photovoltaic solar panels is important today, as safe drinking water was in earlier history. In the 1920s, all drinking water began to be disinfected with chlorine. This single act of sanitation brought the rising populations that gave us the modern world.
A defining moment in time. Early cars, water-chlorination, and PV solar panels were too. The people in those old black and white films would never have understood the consequence that clean water would have on the future. Read the rest of this entry »
October 6th, 2015
Solar heating panels were the most popular technology until the generation tariff. This export tariff brought PV solar panels to the forefront. The PV industry has grown to surpass its solar heating sibling. How the world changes in such a short period.
This was brought on by the North Sea oil fields peaking and the golden age of cheap energy being over. Even Margaret Thatcher recognised its limited potential and lifespan. Luckily, my resolve to continue on my solar-powered journey remained. Read the rest of this entry »
September 30th, 2015
A good friend of mine phoned me about a doorstep canvasser selling solar panels. I got a complete breakdown of the conversation, and it upset me! Government handling of the incentives for solar panels allowed the shameless to take advantage. Cold calling teams urging folks into getting solar panels installed!
The price on offer was around £4,000 plus over the actual price! These sales practices were a blight on our industry between 2009-2015. Read the rest of this entry »
September 11th, 2015
A common misconception of PV solar panels is they don’t work well in the UK. Yes, they do work and work brilliantly. Actually, solar panels run less efficiently in hot climates. You don’t even have to take my word for it, as now over700.000 PV systems installed in Scotland alone.
The annual UK solar radiation figures are:
Scotland: 900-1000 kWh per sqm.
Midlands: 1000-1200 kWh per sqm.
South coast: 1100-1300 kWh per sqm.
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