Archive for ‘PV & EV’

“PV solar panels and EV (electric vehicles) walking hand-in-hand towards a cheaper energy future for those adopters.”


EV’s, PV solar panels and the free energy revolution

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Last updated on January 3rd, 2018 at 10:00 pm

The internal combustion engine’s development in 1807 at a time when the coal-powered industrial revolution was in its infancy. Little has changed since then – until today.

It’s easier to seek forgiveness for changing the world than asking permission to do so.

It’s easier to seek forgiveness for changing the world than asking permission to do so.

A fully charged EV (electric vehicle) even without PV solar panels to charge it, can power an average home for approximately two days. Potentially earning their owners as much as £800.00 a year using new smart energy technology, says Nissan.

One perceived technological hurdle of having a lot of EV’s on the road is the potential strain on the National Grid, possibly causing infrastructure failure. (more…)

PV solar panels, Solar Edge inverters and voltage optimisers

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Last updated on January 3rd, 2018 at 10:01 pm

One of the joys of owning PV solar panels, is that you can sit comfortably in the knowledge that your family is protected despite an energy industry that has no outlook farther than next year’s profits.

Should I upgrade my existing PV solar panel system?

Should I upgrade my existing PV solar panel system?

So you’re sitting comfortably with your newly installed photovoltaic array, then an unknown company comes along and offers you an upgrade. An upgrade to enhance your PV performance and squeeze a little more juice out of it.

Is this worth the extra expense?

Recently I was asked if it’s worth upgrading an existing PV solar panel system to a Solar Edge inverter with voltage optimisers system for £4,000 – no this is nuts!

The reality is that all good quality inverters cost around the same apart from Solar Edge and Enphase that are individual micro inverters designed to optimise each panel’s output individually. (more…)

PV solar panels and battery storage in the UK

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Last updated on January 5th, 2018 at 09:26 am

The wrong people always teach us the right lessons in life, and that is especially true when it comes to those who are currently selling the new battery storage and PV solar panels.

Tomorrow's world with PV solar panels, battery storage and electric vehicle charging.

Tomorrow’s world with PV solar panels, battery storage and electric vehicle charging.

This week, the first Tesla Powerwall battery storage system was installed into the lives of a Welsh family.

Unfortunately, in the same week, we’ve learned that other solar companies offer and are overcharging for battery storage systems against wildly exaggerated claims.

These types of sales-based companies are identified by minimum technical knowledge and using high-pressure sales tactics. These cold-calling types are only a minority, but who are spoiling for the majority of decent installers in the solar industry. (more…)

Charge your car with PV solar panels

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Last updated on January 5th, 2018 at 09:29 am

We’ve always known the age of the oil-based economy was limited, but EV’s and PV solar panel’s time has finally arrived.

Nobody likes a bully.

Nobody likes a bully.

Austerity has brought the age of the ‘smarter’ consumer and with it comes the gradual progression toward less dependence on tyrants.

Oil-based companies and countries have lied, force their agenda’s on governments and frankly caused human misery on a biblical scale.

I feel sorry for these corporate bullies, and they’re hoarding affliction because they can never honestly find real joy or happiness in life, no matter how many zeros are in their offshore accounts. (more…)

Supercharge my EV with PV solar panels

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Last updated on January 5th, 2018 at 09:30 am

Powering your EV with PV solar panels is a revolutionary act.

Are you a PV solar panel leader or a follower?

Are you a PV solar panel leader or a follower?

To the ones who see things differently, who have no respect for the status quo.

Glorify, or vilify, but the only thing you can’t-do is to ignore us. We are changing things and driving the human race forward.

We are the ones who get on with changing the world – finally for the better.

A world where people generate a good proportion of their energy needs ‘in-house’ is a crazy thought right?

Wrong! It’s even crazier to include the cost of your motoring mileage in such a vision of the future. A future where we are ‘free to roam’ and not tethered to the energy companies that profit from our everyday lives! (more…)

Organic PV solar panels today

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Last updated on January 5th, 2018 at 09:30 am

PV solar panels will still be generating once the long-abandoned fracking fields and the associated toxicity has leaked into our seas when our children are our age now.

You'll never find genius in politics.

You'll never find genius in politics.

PV solar panels in the UK are fantastic at what they do, and just like the organic food industry; have many corporate enemies who don’t want us all less dependent on them.

The solar and organic food industries have so many things in common, and both agree that government policy today is dictated by corporations and not common sense or acting in the peoples best interest.

Putting the obvious aside, I will concede that changes to the photovoltaic incentives recently; have been unhelpful but required. The feed-in tariff was initially designed to incentivise individual households, but due to a technical loophole allowed companies to profit instead. (more…)

Is my roof suitable for PV solar panels?

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Last updated on January 5th, 2018 at 09:33 am

We all live in boxes. Some people’s boxes are bigger than others, but ultimately, it’s a box that contains our lives.

Most UK homes have the two main ingredients for PV solar panels.

Now let’s power our boxes without full dependence on global politics with PV solar panels.

The most important factor concerning your roof’s ability to host solar panels is orientation.

For the best performance of your solar panels, your roof needs to be South or South East, South West in its orientation.

Many also install on a split East/West roof, and although this is acceptable, the output of the panels will be significantly reduced compared to a southerly facing roof space. (more…)

Germany’s pioneering PV solar success story

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Last updated on December 4th, 2017 at 07:38 pm

“A farmer once said to me “if I live on a windy hill, it’s crazy not to have the wind generate my power.”

A solar-powered century is within our grasp.

A solar-powered century is within our grasp.

It’s that level of common sense that will project solar technology forward in the next decade, despite Cameron and Osborne’s outdated and somewhat secret agenda.

30% of Germany’s electricity output is produced using solar panels. The same northern European country with the same type of climate as the UK. (more…)

PV solar panels are healthy for humanity

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Last updated on December 4th, 2017 at 08:55 pm

“The act of installing PV solar panels 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.

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. (more…)

PV solar panels in the United Kingdom

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Last updated on December 4th, 2017 at 09:08 pm

“When I first began constructing this website resource in 2004, solar heating was the most popular technology, and PV solar panels in the UK were considered laughable.”

Annual contributions for an average home with PV solar panels in the UK.

Annual contributions for an average home with PV solar panels in the UK.

In fact, the photovoltaic 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. (more…)