September 25th, 2014
Last updated on November 3rd, 2018 at 11:41 pm
“The few spoil it for the many, and the same is true for the solar industry. Commission-hungry salespeople are putting many people off taking the plunge. It’s revealed on our user’s forum that some salespeople are deceiving their prospective customers about expectations of performance.”
There are hundreds and hundreds of companies from Lands End to John O’Groats that offer great products, great installation and high prices, so nobody should be put off by this.
The problem with bad salespeople or companies that employ them is they confuse people pondering installing solar panels in good faith. Many people unnecessarily abandon the idea because of conflicting and confusing information.
When a solar pioneer requests a quote, the expected performance of the panels alongside the homeowner’s geographical coordinates is worked out using the very sophisticated software. However, no matter how high the software, if the input data is falsely input, then the output data could be considered wrong at best or fraudulent at worst. Read the rest of this entry »
September 9th, 2014
Last updated on November 3rd, 2018 at 11:45 am
“If you were unlucky enough to be living in Russia during the end of the cold war, you would have seen big changes. Those with previous wealth begging for food, KGB agents and the police abandoning their posts to protect their families and mobster rule quickly replacing the old communist authority rule.”
But a Soviet Union style collapse couldn’t happen here, right?
After world war two and during the 1950s and 60s, the US and Britain were a beacon of hope for the majority of the world. Although an iron curtain had fallen over Europe, most countries of the world held us in high regard for standing up to the Nazi and Japanese oppression.
Today the majority of the world view the US and Britain as the oppressors, the evil empires and this may come as a surprise, but the close ‘special’ relationship with the US that our country is so proud of could be our undoing.
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September 4th, 2014
Last updated on November 3rd, 2018 at 11:20 pm
“For tens of thousands of years, the biggest worry of any community or early civilisation was men with swords on horseback. Today’s equivalent of this life-changing event is an X-flare from the sun.”
Not a case of if, but when!
Only this week the sun has been highly active, and a flurry of solar flares emanating from enlarged sunspots have given modern humanity a light show of cosmic proportions.
Although most solar flares are directed away from the Earth and usually of a lower class that cannot penetrate the planets magnetic shielding, more extensive, more intense eruptions called X-flares can penetrate the atmosphere and overwhelm us with electromagnetically charged particles. Read the rest of this entry »
August 21st, 2014
Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 09:46 am
“Upon finding out my schoolboy nephew had got his first paid job, I realised that most of his hard-earned money spent on just mobile phone credit. What a shame, no fun stuff, just boring old phone credit. This got me wondering about the rest of us.”
A paradigm shift can be as easy as looking up rather than down.
It would seem that the same situation is occurring with Mr and Mrs average homeowner and their energy bills. The big difference between the gas in your pipes and my nephew’s phone credit is phone credit has never been cheaper and still falling – whereas energy costs are on an exponential climb.
If ever a paradigm shift was needed in the way we all heat and power our homes, it would indeed be now. But history shows, such dramatic change in thinking never happens overnight, nevertheless, the drip, drip, drip of transition, always speeds up to become a deluge eventually. Read the rest of this entry »
August 7th, 2014
Last updated on February 14th, 2019 at 10:53 am
“A common sales tactic used by salesmen within the solar industry is panel degradation. This issue should be a minimal consideration when choosing a potential installer.”
Better technology and improved techniques reduce degradation.
Degradation is a big issue, but most new panels as I will show, have degradation rates so small that it should only be a little consideration for you, yet the overall price of the installation should be more worthy of your investigative powers.
To begin investigating the panel degradation issue, it’s important to know exactly what the terms “degradation” and/or “Power or Performance Warranties” mean. These industry terms will be used by installers and salespeople when presenting their photovoltaic systems for your consideration. Read the rest of this entry »
July 23rd, 2014
Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 01:15 pm
“I am proud to be an early adopter and user of the internet, and I am equally inspired by the same pioneering spirit within the solar panel industry today.”
The internet then and the internet today.
Like the early internet before it, there were people ready to take advantage of new people venturing into a world of unknowns. Most pioneers can and do learn quickly and manage to avoid the pitfalls of a new landscape.
However, the same company names using salespeople from the second glazing school of salesmanship and charging disproportionate prices, sometimes more than 30 percent more than is deemed ethical, keep cropping up.
On the positive side, this makes the lives of good solar installers more comfortable, but, such behaviour, leave people confused and distrusting of this still fledgeling industry.
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July 9th, 2014
Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 01:00 pm
“They say ignorance is bliss, and it was, but now the signs that we are on the wrong side of our civilisation’s peak are everywhere.”
The road ahead is directed by signs.
The first word on this web site’s home page is “preparing”! I created this site as news that the North Sea oil and gas fields had ‘peaked in its products’ capabilities.
The chancellors recent ‘incentives and subsidies’ for the small-scale oil and gas companies, to tap into the last of the smaller oil fields (deemed uneconomic to the big exploration companies) is extremely telling.
Most signs that reveal our way of life is in trouble are subtle, some you have to read between the lines, but generally speaking, most people choose to ignore them.
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June 26th, 2014
Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 09:30 am
“Throughout my life I have always been the best or strived to be the best at whatever job I had been doing at that time, so it annoys me when others don’t.”
A brighter road ahead with quality MCS solar installers.
During my earlier years in the world of work, I have worked on a factory line and produced more each shift than my colleagues. I worked in a web development company and produced better designs for my clients, and even within the solar panel industry, I sold more than the others within that particular group.
This I put down to my enthusiasm for the technology that was somewhat lacking with my colleagues at that time.
Unfortunately, pride in your work and customer satisfaction doesn’t come quickly to some people. Thankfully for the solar panel industry, the quality aspect of both the technology and its installation, is not something you need to worry about today. Read the rest of this entry »
June 20th, 2014
Last updated on October 31st, 2018 at 09:32 pm
“What you think is what you’ll become.”
These words encompass the only preaching required in modern schools.
Keep religion out of our schools.
The mind, even the adult mind is like a toddler. You can direct it in any direction, and the spirit will eagerly follow that path.
Unfortunately, this can lead down a path of harmful activity or to more beneficial and positive attributes.
For thousands of years, people in power have recognised this and have been influencing young minds ever since. As a Christian child why they are Christian? Ask a Muslim child, why they follow the Islamic faith? Read the rest of this entry »
June 12th, 2014
Last updated on February 13th, 2019 at 07:42 am
“Amazingly, many people still hold the old worldview that PV solar panels (photovoltaic) are a wasted investment both personally and nationally. This myth has never been further from the truth, as I will prove beyond reasonable doubt.”
Today I will put solar panel technology on trial.
Keep calm and enjoy PV solar panels in the United Kingdom.
Your honour – One of the most significant injustices that the PV solar panel industry has had to endure during its fledgeling years, is the sticky issue of subsidies. Unfortunately, it’s under attack from the mainstream media that have their agendas.
The reality is that Britain has become the world’s fifth largest user of fossil fuels at the cost of £2.6 billion with an additional £280m in VAT tax breaks this year alone. These perverse amounts of money are never mentioned alongside the comparatively small solar energy subsidies which the media above love to complain about. Read the rest of this entry »