Women behind the solar revolution

As a man raised by a headstrong woman and who has respect for other empowered women, even today within our industry, thus I would like to welcome Amanda Rudd to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The sun goddess Sunna from German mythology.

The sun goddess Sunna from German mythology.

Rudd has recently declared:

“We in the UK are leading the way in clean technology, innovation, creating new jobs and helping to power our economic recovery.”

I look forward to witnessing the power of a woman to help push the solar panel industry into its rightful place as the people’s technology of the 21st-century.

What they say behind every great man is a great woman. I would enhance that and say our civilisation has only flourished with women at its core of power, its strength and of course the discrete and guiding hand. The future of solar panel technology as part of our ‘energy mix’ will benefit from these assets.

The most significant challenge for a new minister in charge of energy and climate is that even the title is contradictory. Industrial-scale energy usage causes climate change, so how can you begin to tackle climate change if your primary responsibility is to promote energy usage – tough call!

This contradiction is what most people who care about their children’s future have to deal with in their everyday lives. Luckily, that responsibility for our nation’s output rides upon the shoulders of someone of good character. Doing the right thing may not be popular with the ‘big six’, but a solar panelled world will benefit the many – long-term!

Margaret Thatcher’s admission of the global warming problem in the 1980s, almost certainly led to her decision to the move away from coal in favour of the less harmful gas. At that time, newly discovered within the North Sea.

Doesn’t history look different when you have the full picture?

However, as we now know, that ‘energy for the future” as it proclaimed is only a short-term solution as we have now discovered just three decades later. Much longer solutions must be sought if our children are to not to witness the fall of Rome.

This unenviable balancing act of appeasing our nation’s voracious appetite for power, tackling the planetary issue and quelling the privatised energy industry who don’t want us all generating our power is a responsibility many people wouldn’t cherish.

Building stability into the alternative energy market will allow our nation to export leading-edge knowledge and skills internationally – a policy your party has trumpeted.

Under the nurturing wing of Ms Rudd, solar technology can flourish in a world now beginning to experience the environmental and human effects of global warming. We both know that these desperate people attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea are caused by poor harvests unaffordable food prices that climate change has produced over the last few years in those regions. Fundamentalism is merely taking advantage of that situation as has also happened in our dark age history.

Throughout the ancient world, where women have been free to express themselves, civilisations have flourished. Ancient Persia, Egyptian, Roman and countless other examples of female-driven cultures prove what a vital part they play in developing society.

Suppression of women rarely leads to advancement in science and technology as history has proven, and our modern world only really got a boost after women entered the workplace after the Second World War.

A brave new world under a guiding female hand needs transparency of the real issues so people can adapt. Denial that the house ‘isn’t on fire’ will only continue to fan the flames.

I believe just as women go to the ‘extra expense’ of protecting children on ‘the school run’ with technology, they will also install solar panels to protect their families and children’s future too.

Solar panels will do for the 21st-century what car technology did in the 20th-century, but with one small difference. Women will be the driving force of that change.

Richard Branson loves his solar panels

There aren’t many people on the planet who can say they were a decade ahead of Richard Branson, but I was and I can – shameless self-plug I know.

The global solar panel industry is growing faster than most people realise, and Mr Branson is only one of the millions of people worldwide who are trailblazing their way towards a solar-powered civilisation.

His privately owned Caribbean island is now enjoying the benefits and long-term security of being powered by solar panels. He loves them so much that he has expressed his love for this technology on his personal blog.

Being an entrepreneur with his airline business at the centre of the energy markets, his ability to foresee future costs and supplies is vital. I suspect this is the reason he bought an island in the first place – I digress.

Even as far back as 2010, Mr Branson and his high-profile business buddies were warning us of an ‘energy crunch’ and, not coincidentally, this heralded the beginning of a global push for alternative technology that we see today.

His global influence and his investment in PV solar technology that works for decades (not just years) will outlast any of his long-term business forecasts. This accolade is a real testament to the viability and importance of solar panels to take our modern world to the middle stages of the 21st-century.

You don’t need a 1,232 photovoltaic solar array generating 100 kW of electricity like Branson’s Island, and you certainly don’t need to be a Gazillionaire to enjoy the pride that Richard now feels. Photovoltaics are very affordable with a significant return on investment as Mr Branson will testify.

The cost of photovoltaic solar panels has halved since his 2010 “energy crunch” warnings, and the real impact that this technology has had on our world was made clear during the recent solar eclipse disruption.

In Britain alone, the National Grid reported that output reduced by 850 megawatts. Overall European capacity currently stands at 89 Gigawatt (GW) and climbing. The way the world views solar technology today is vastly different from even five years ago.

No longer is solar energy viewed as a hippie based sandal-wearing dream, but now an essential part of the ‘energy mix’ as Ms Rudd has testified too.

So with an expression of love from Britain’s most money-savvy personality, incentives available from your Department of Energy and Climate Change – there are no excuses not to invest in solar panel technology.

The next push for alternative energy technology will define us as a generation, and it would be marvellous to see the strength and resolve of women at the centre of a very peaceful energy revolution.

"Light is life."

Stuart Lovatt 2015-06-02
Founder of Power My Home.