October 12th, 2015
“The act of installing PV solar panels (photovoltaic) is just as important today, as ensuring safe drinking water was in our earlier history.”
Because I want my grandchildren to know granny did something.
In the 1920s, all drinking water began to be disinfected with chlorine. This single act of sanitation brought us the rising populations that gave us the modern world that we see today.
These well-defined moments in time seldom seen as such at that time, and the people in those grainy black and white films would never have known the consequences that their new safe and clean drinking water supply would have on the future. Read the rest of this entry »
October 6th, 2015
“When I first began constructing this website resource in 2004, solar heating was the most popular technology, and PV solar panels (photovoltaic) in the UK were considered laughable.”
Annual contributions for an average home with PV solar panels in the UK.
In fact, the PV industry at that time was so small that I was told “I wouldn’t bother if I were you” by one of its biggest players at that time. How the world changes in such a short period.
Advanced knowledge that the North Sea oil and gas fields had already peaked back then and that the golden age of cheap energy would be over for good within a few short years.
Luckily my resolve to continue on my solar-powered journey over the last decade remained. Read the rest of this entry »
September 30th, 2015
“A good friend of mine phoned me up about a conversation he had with a doorstep canvasser, who was pressing him into adopting solar panels before the January change.”
I wouldn't recommend an East/West solar installation to my mum so that I wouldn't recommend you either.
I get a complete breakdown of the conversation, and I can tell you it upset me.
Firstly, yet again the seemingly incompetent way in which the government seems to handle the incentives for solar panels is allowing shameless companies to take advantage of people.
The direct sales and cold calling teams are ramping up activity and knocking on double some doors to urge folks into getting solar panels installed before it’s too late – I thought. Read the rest of this entry »
September 11th, 2015
“PV (photovoltaic) solar panels don’t work in the UK”.
PV solar panels effectiveness in the UK.
Yes, they do work and work brilliantly. If people actually researched the subject properly, they would find out that solar panels run less-efficiently in hotter climates than cooler ones.
You don’t even have to take my word for it, as now over 600.000 solar panels installed in Scotland alone have taken place in the last five years.
Annual UK solar radiation figures:
Scotland: 900-1000 kWh per sqm.
Midlands: 1000-1200 kWh per sqm.
South coast: 1100-1300 kWh per sqm.
Then there are the countless solar heating panel installations installed before the current feed-in tariff scheme. Solar heating panels were the most popular type of solar panel installation in the UK before the advent of the solar tariff schemes. Read the rest of this entry »
September 2nd, 2015
“The UK government’s efforts to kill off the PV (photovoltaic) solar industry and lead us to a fracking hellish future has begun. Regressive greed-based policies have replaced progression toward giving people a choice to produce their own clean, affordable energy.”
Taking away PV-power from the people and handing it back to the big energy firms.
Cuts by the government to support PV solar technology will take away power from people and be handing it back to big energy firms who have been secretly lobbying to prevent alternative energy taking off.
Begin the fightback by adding your name to the parliament petition:
We are now finding that there was never any sound long-term strategy where global economies are concerned. Those cheap toasters from China that so many people rejoiced about pre-credit crunch, came with a huge price tag! Read the rest of this entry »
August 19th, 2015
“Hundreds of years in the future, the oil industry will be no more than a small industry supplying lubrication products and the thought of burning it for energy will be viewed as neanderthal.”
Ensuring your children’s survival once involved appeasing the sun gods. Humanity once again needs to worship the sun.
The baby steps towards this worldview have already begun, and the oil industry has used and continue to use every dirty trick in the book to prevent this timeline from occurring.
Wrestling the power that the traditional energy industry holds over us, will be like wrestling a dangerous object from a belligerent toddler – a necessary, but a painful procedure.
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