Archive for ‘Solar panels’


Photovoltaic solar panel costs

Friday, November 16th, 2012

With the average combined savings and incomes from householders who have installed PV (electric) solar panels, the financial rewards have increased from £540 to £635 per year.

The PV solar panel apocalypse in the UK between 2012 and 2018.Alternative energy, also known as micro-generation and green power has up until recent years have been considered a technology for the environmental conscious household.

This viewpoint may have been valid in the golden age when gas and electricity and even food were cheap, plentiful, those times are now nothing more, but a flickering memory for most people.

The real benefits of putting solar panels, heat pumps or even biomass heaters as part of household ‘energy mix’ are now becoming apparent. (more…)

Our world more vulnerable

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

As humanity’s greatest achievements in the form of the Voyager one and two spacecraft reach the outskirts of our solar system, whose primitive cameras were realigned to take a photograph of a small blue dot called Earth.

Blue dot Earth.

Blue dot Earth.

Very few of the 7 billion people living in that small blue dot, set within the vastness of space, will ever see that poignant image, but the spacecraft launched 35 years ago will be a time capsule of the human experience, and will probably wander lonely and eternally undiscovered for billions of years.

Our planet can also describe as a time capsule, which has wandered around our galaxy, for the most part, shielding its precious cargo of complicated life from the hostile ravages of space and time. (more…)

Solar heating panels and the Renewable Heat Incentive

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

It’s taken a while to implement, but the solar industry is now gearing up for another successful year, with the announcement of the Renewable Heat incentive scheme for solar heating panels and evacuated tubes.

Power My Home PV Solar Panels UKFirst announced by the Labour government in 2009 and after a consultation period, the scheme is not designed to reward early adopters of solar heating for being the first to install these low-carbon technologies.

Later adopters will get a lower rate of return or if you leave it too long into the future, or possibly no incentive at all because the scheme is designed to reduce as installation numbers rise. (more…)

Is humanity as successful as it thinks?

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Is modern civilisation sprinting in a long distance race?

The road to a successful species.

The road to a successful species.

Certain changes in my life, including the birth of my son have called into question for me, the fundamental question. Are we as a species really successful?

For a few generations including my own, the outlook was bright; progress was bountiful with year on year developments in medicine, technology and agriculture. This progressive golden age has increased our species numbers like never before. Success is ours, or is it? (more…)

A sense of the common good

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

An open letter to the Green parties of the world.

After the appointment of Natalie Bennett of the United Kingdom’s Green Party, I feel I speak for many when I see an opportunity to do the right thing.

Changing the seemingly impossible is possible.

Changing the seemingly impossible is possible.

Apart from a very loud vocal minority, most people are convinced that our climate has changed for the worse as a result of human activities. Most people given a chance to do the right thing would do just that, but often mainstream party politics do not have any alternatives.

The problem comes from the green party having an image problem, which is preventing most people from taking them seriously. The clue is in the name, “The Green” Party. Green politics is still perceived as sandal-wearing wishful thinking and does not encourage average families to adopt a greener way of thinking. (more…)

Economic growth and the environment

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

If you’d have told the builders of the Roman Colosseum, that people would fly in their hundreds of thousands from across the unknown worlds to see it, then that concept would have been inconceivable to them.

What lies ahead, environmental disaster?

What lies ahead, environmental disaster?

Likewise, a broken planet Earth can seem inconceivable to us now, but it doesn’t mean it won’t be right. I firmly believe we have not grasped the seriousness of the situation.

The biblical-sized ecological catastrophe, with both sides turning up the heat on each other. People with unabated growth and expansion while the planet, turns up the heat a little further with every action we make. (more…)