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Forecasting the future for solar panels

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 12:56 pm

“Forecasting the future for solar panels -Living by the seaside gives you a different perspective on life. In medieval times, you were always conscious of what or who may come from over the horizon.”

Where now for oil?

Where now for oil?

In modern times, people don’t tend to look any further than the 5-day weather forecast.

The future is never inevitable, but the outlook predicted, and predictions for energy prices by the big six energy companies themselves, will be just like the seaside tide. The small endless waves of seawater creep up gradually but forcefully. Just like tidal forces, the vast, uncontrollable, engine driving energy prices upward will continue unabated and without mercy.

So for this reason, the solar panel industry will continue to flourish driven by families who wish to be less reliant and reduce their everyday household living and energy costs. The reasons why energy costs continue to flow upward are varied but easy to understand. (more…)

Don’t dilly dally with PV solar panels

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Last updated on February 16th, 2019 at 03:56 pm

Please don’t dilly dally with PV solar panels (photovoltaic) because sometimes the shortsightedness of some people can leave you speechless, but the short-slightness of the people in power just leaves me dumbstruck sometimes.

Domestic solar panels.

Domestic solar panels.

After much heartache over the last few months caused by the governments mishandling of the feed-in tariffs scheme’s reduction for PV solar panels. With the still unsettled court case which the government has already lost twice, but continues to appeal.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the “Greenest Government Ever”, as quoted by David Cameron, doesn’t like renewable energy technologies. (more…)

A beginners guide to solar panels

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Last updated on November 4th, 2018 at 12:58 am

“I would like to dedicate this article to the newcomers of solar panels, and those who wish to support the technology and take advantage of the benefits, but don’t know where to begin.”

There's nothing more powerful than when PV solar panel technologies time has come.

There’s nothing more powerful than when PV solar panel technologies time has come.

Solar panels have never made such financial sense. Domestic and commercial MCS solar panel installers give you the ability to generate your energy through solar panels are becoming more and more popular. Reducing dependence on ever-increasing energy prices is what motivates most people to install solar panel technology.

The science behind solar technology?

When solar radiation or solar energy enters the earth’s atmosphere, it does so as a shortwave. When these short waves hit something like a person, building or solar panel, then the wave converts to long wave. The process expels a small amount of energy, and this energy produces heat or electricity depending on the panel type.

There are two types of solar panels; both do very different jobs, but both use energy from the sun:

1. Solar heating panels (including evacuated tubes)
2. PV electric solar panels.

Which you choose is up to you, but it depends on which type of energy cost you want to reduce and how much you can afford to spend on a solar project.

People now see solar panels as an investment in the home.

PV solar panels

Domestic and commercial photovoltaic, solar panels are commonly known as PV solar panels, use photocells to convert solar radiation into electricity. The PV cell consists of one or two layers of a semiconducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the solar cell, it creates an electric field across the layers, causing electricity to flow. The higher the intensity of the sun, the higher the flow of power.

Sell electricity back to the National Grid with the feed-in tariff scheme. Receive a guaranteed 20 years income from your PV solar panels. The incentive is tax-free and open to anyone who installs electric, solar technology in their home.

In addition to saving you money, photovoltaic, solar panels provide a wide range of benefits, even in the UK climate. Investing in your home and your energy future with an on-grid connected system with a typical lifespan of 30-40 years. Solar panels, in general, have never made such financial sense.

Feed in tariffs also known as the Clean Energy Cash Back Scheme, an incentive that pays people for producing their power. A domestic solar installation now connected to your meter and the National Grid, so any excess you create can be sold to your energy company who is obligated to purchase your power. This scheme is called the feed-in tariffs (FIT’s project) which are designed to reward the early adopters of solar the most and the later adopter the least.

Solar heating panels

Domestic and commercial solar heating systems gather energy radiated by the sun and convert it into useful heat in the form of hot water. Solar heating technology has been available since the 1970’s and works alongside an existing boiler, to provide hot water or space heating with underfloor heating.

Installing a solar heating system in your home can provide between 50% and 70% of your hot water needs each year for free. Heat my Home is at the forefront of solar panel systems in the UK and install MCS accredited modern technology for outstanding results, even in our climate.

This super technology for generating clean heat usually installed on the roof, stimulated by strong financial incentives from the government. A solar heating system is a single or a combination of multiple panels, which trap and move heat to your hot water tank. Space heating is possible in certain circumstances. MCS will install the system accredited solar installers as either:

On-roof.
In-roof.
Flat-roof or garden.

Some homeowners prefer the aesthetics of a flat panel, but evacuated tubes are more efficient in the winter months. Both systems work excellently in our UK climate, so we offer both flat panels and solar tube technologies, so you can decide which is best for yourself.

Access to the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI) feed-in tariff incentive, which pays you for generating the heat, even if you use yourself.

The type of system required for your home depends on many factors, which is why we always survey your home before quoting. This survey is free and without obligation.

Evacuated solar tubes

Evacuated solar tubes have used in the UK for many years. With the ongoing energy price rises, it has become an even more cost-effective method of generating your hot water and thus using less from fossil fuel sources.

An average system can generate around 60-70% of the hot water required a year, which in turn will reduce your hot water bills. We install evacuated tubes because they are the most efficient solar heating technology.

In the summer, most of your hot water needs can be produced using an evacuated solar tube system. Even though the winter months, it can contribute heat from the sun to your water tank so reducing the number of times, your boiler fires up.

I would love a solar installation.

Our planet’s death by a thousand cuts

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 02:24 pm

“This I think is the future of our planet the Earth, although the correct expression would be “Earth’s death by a billion cuts”.”

From humble beginnings.

From humble beginnings.

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

The BBC’s ‘How to grow your planet’ series highlighted the conversion plants and trees had on a young Earth. Ultimately it’s these interactions between plants and the animal kingdom which keeps the earth healthy.

Humanity is a magnificent creature, but our numbers are without doubt overwhelming the natural processes. The planet doesn’t rely on us; it is just a ball of rock which just happened to be the right distance from its parent star for liquid water to flow. (more…)

A bright future for PV solar panels

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Last updated on February 16th, 2019 at 04:01 pm

After months of uncertainty for the PV (photovoltaic) solar panel technology industry, the clouds are clearing, and the sun is breaking through for the solar panel industry at last.

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

With a considerable reduction in PV costs over the last 18 months, (but won’t last forever) the old feed-in tariff rate should have been reduced much earlier conceded the industry. It wasn’t, and that’s why we saw the feeding frenzy last year.

The solar panel industry has been in limbo since the two court case fiasco over the Christmas period, thus creating customer uncertainty and a public relations nightmare for a trade just finding its feet.

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The goldfish bowl effect

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Last updated on November 3rd, 2018 at 05:42 pm

“When you truly look at our planet, even our universe in simplistic terms, what has occurred to create life is just a series of chemical reactions, contained in a restricted bowl.”

Power My Home PV Solar Panels UKIntroducing the goldfish bowl effect.

The stars (sun’s) we see in the night sky are just hydrogen and helium balls reacting, our planet we call Earth is a ball of molten iron which hadn’t cooled down yet from when it coalesced.

Our Oxygen rich atmosphere which we take for granted is merely a by-product of early life and photosynthesis again other chemical processes.

The atmosphere; an ultra-thin gas shroud when compared to the whole planet, can be compared to an eggshell. Our excellent and breathable air is as just as thin. Apologies if I am teaching granny to suck eggs here. (more…)

How might the world really end

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 01:35 pm

“The end of the Mayan 5,125-year cycle is now upon us, and a new epoch in human and planetary time will soon arrive -or so goes the theory!”

Power My Home PV Solar Panels UKWhether you think that the theory will be proved wrong, as the millennium bug was in 2000, or believe that humanity will go the same way as the Dodo, the timing of the Mayan cycle alongside recent human and planetary events will make even the most die-hard cynic think twice.

Three significant factors which may alter or devastate our modern civilisation leaving out events such as asteroids, solar flares or pandemics, are already in play, and we must ignore this at our peril.

Written below is my prediction for the beginning of our end.
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Homage to our Planet Earth

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 01:19 pm

“I doff my cap to the BBC’s stunning series called ‘Frozen Planet’ (Catch up on Iplayer) which has captured the extreme frozen poles in a fantastic deluge of picture-perfect realism and told it like it is, approach.

Power My Home PV Solar Panels UKThe program’s approach to dealing with the effects, causes and irrefutable proof of our planet changing and changing fast.

The thin slither of gas which encompasses the giant rock we call home while poisoned slowly, and the symptoms of a fever like a state are beginning to emerge. Just like our immune system, the earth is starting to fight back through heat generation. (more…)

Don’t dilly dally with solar panels

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Last updated on February 25th, 2019 at 09:33 pm

“Some of you may have heard from the national media recently how the PV solar panels incentive scheme, also known as the feed-in tariffs, are to be reduced to new applicants on December 12th this year after a swift decision doing this by the coalition government.”

There's nothing more powerful than when a PV's time has come.

There’s nothing more powerful than when PV’s time has come.

So as the title of this article says “don’t dilly-dally if you want to receive the maximum rate of tariff!”

What’s reported, however, are the reasons why the feed-in tariff rate now reduced earlier than planned. The original purpose of the scheme was to help the solar industry grow organically over the years and to reward pioneering homeowners for installing such technology.

The problem came when too many solar companies took advantage of this scheme by giving some eligible homeowners their installations for free, with the solar company reaping in the tariff rewards.

This loophole in the legislation should close as soon as it became apparent what was happening, but unfortunately, this didn’t occur, and the feeding frenzy by free solar panel companies began.

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Fit and forget with PV solar panels

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Last updated on February 16th, 2019 at 04:28 pm

With the PV (photovoltaic) solar panel industry now fretting over the latest government changes to the feed-in tariffs, we explain why solar panels will continue to be a part of everyday life, even here in Britain.

The PV solar panel apocalypse in the UK between 2012 and 2018.We have all seen solar panel installations appearing on homes over the last couple of years. The decision to buy by the owners of about 50% of those solar installations had been helped by the first feed-in tariff scheme introduced in 2010.

Contrary to popular belief, the decision to buy has not been spoiled by ‘generous’ companies giving away ‘free’ solar panels but has been helped by fear of escalating energy prices in the future. (more…)