Archive for ‘Solar panels in the UK’

“A growing army of people adopting solar panels who are securing their long-term energy future.”


Fit and forget with PV solar panels

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 06:57 pm

“With the 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.”

Evacuated solar tubes and PV solar panels.

Evacuated solar tubes and PV solar panels.

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 a fear of escalating energy prices in the future. (more…)

Own your PV solar panels

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 07:00 pm

“If you have had PV solar panels installed in your home over the last 12 months, then the answer to this question is probably no!”

Record solar panel installations this year.

Record solar installations

If you do buy your solar panels, then well done, you will be rewarded generously for your purchase over the coming years. However, if you are one of the thousands of people who have another company’s equipment, i.e. free panels, on your roof, then sadly you will not receive benefits as generous.

The industrial-scale feeding frenzy, which has given rise to some companies who offer free solar panels, has brought the feed-in tariffs scheme to a conclusion earlier than planned. (more…)

Solar heating and evacuated tube incentives

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Last updated on December 21st, 2017 at 09:41 pm

Solar heating panels including evacuated tubes, can provide over half of a home’s hot water requirements, according to recent field trials with low carbon and green energy technologies.”

Solar heating panels and evacuated tubes incentives in the United Kingdom.

Solar heating panels and evacuated tubes incentives in the United Kingdom.

Domestic tariff levels, under the coalition government’s £860m renewable heat incentive (RHI) scheme, are not being announced until April 2012 but will be on the same standards as larger-scale, commercial solar heating systems and householders could still expect feed-in tariffs payments of around £96 per annum.

The RHI payments, which are similar to those paid to owners of PV (photovoltaic) solar panels and wind turbines under the feed-in tariff scheme, will be launched soon after. This incentive will encourage homeowners to install solar water heating panels and use the sun’s energy to heat water using flat panels or evacuated tubes on the roof of their property. (more…)

Early bird catches the PV solar worm

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 07:07 pm

“A year has passed since the Comprehensive Spending Review, and the PV solar panel industry is nervous as to what the upcoming Comprehensive Consultation on the feed-in tariffs holds.”

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.

The take-up for photovoltaic or PV solar panels has been tremendous since the feed-in tariffs began in April last year, so good that it is clear that the high rate of feed-in tariff offered to new adopters will have lowered sooner than the 2013 date specified initially.

The current budget will not sustain another year of growth, with the demand for PV solar technology so strong, with around 550MW installed since the feed-in tariffs began. Bringing in a lower rate of the feed-in tariffs to newer adopters seems almost inevitable.

This situation was made apparent at the Conservative conference this week when George Osborne publicly attacked green laws and regulations. Piling costs on to energy bills and appeared to abandon earlier aspirations of leadership for the UK on the low carbon economy. (more…)

Free PV solar panels coming to an end

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 06:11 pm

“Why would a company spend £10,000 to install PV solar panel on your home for free?”

Solar panels are a great investment opportunity

Solar panels are a great investment opportunity

Answer: To make money from you, your home and the government’s feed-in tariffs scheme, which is intended to reward early adopters of solar panels.

This type of practice will soon be outlawed to prevent, under new proposals, energy companies taking advantage of those who will not be able to afford to buy solar panel installations of their own.

Companies making such offers have sparked a flurry of enthusiasm from people wishing to have free solar panels installed in their homes, but most are unaware of the pitfalls of such an arrangement. That is why the energy secretary Chris Huhne, has vowed to stop such practices taking advantage of people on lower incomes in most cases. (more…)

A PV solar-powered future

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 06:19 pm

“Why our future is solar-powered?”

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

What does the future hold for us? Will humankind continue to reach for the stars now that the space shuttle is retired and will we power our homes using the sun’s energy in the 21st century? These are just some of the questions we put to the founder of Power My Home, Stuart Lovatt.

Born at a time when we detach from living with nature in the raw, only needing to survive in the ‘bubble’ we call civilisation, I, like you, have never had to think about my place in nature. (more…)

Finding MCS accredited solar installers

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 06:30 pm

“Stuart Lovatt, the founder of Power My Home and a solar panel expert, has today devised a guide for homeowners, following reports which revealed that cowboy salespeople misled potential buyers of solar panel installations.”

Finding good MCS solar panel installers.

Finding good solar panel installers.

Mr Lovatt says “The results of a consumer survey on this subject are worrying and could damage the reputation of our new fledgeling solar industry. Although solar panels are nothing new and have been around for 60 years, the government’s feed-in tariff scheme, which rewards pioneer adopters of solar technology, is leading some individuals and companies to give false information to cash in on naive consumers.”

It has shown that as many as 7 out of the 12 companies selling solar technology recommended putting solar panels on a shaded part of a roof, and a third of solar companies are over-estimating the energy generated by PV electric and solar heating panels. (more…)

Act with PV solar feed-in tariffs

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 06:52 pm

“Did you know that the government-backed feed-in tariff scheme will offer homeowners fantastic returns for an early adoption of PV solar panels (photovoltaic) technology?”

The feed-in tariffs for solar electric panels.

The feed-in tariffs for solar electric panels

Did you also know that the feed-in tariff is structured so that later adopters of these fantastic technologies will receive much smaller incentives as solar panels become popular?

The fact is that homes across the world are all experiencing higher energy costs, with the United Kingdom (being at the end of the supply chain) feeling the worst of those rises. With the UK and Europe depend more and more on Russian supplies, predictions by all six of the big major energy companies are not good for the British consumer. (more…)

The solar PV tariff incentive

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 06:56 pm

“John and Mary, an ordinary couple from Lincolnshire who has recently invested in solar panels for their home explain in their own words why they took the plunge.”

PV solar panels and feed-in tariffs.

PV solar panels and feed-in tariffs.

“We have just had a 4kW photovoltaic panel system fitted to our east-facing roof, not only as an ethical investment but because it makes financial sense.

There is currently a window of opportunity to take advantage of a clean energy cash-back scheme, guaranteed by the government for a 20 year period, but if you defer your installation for a few years, your entry benefits will be less, so don’t wait to make the decision. (more…)

PV solar panels are the future

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Last updated on December 28th, 2017 at 06:02 pm

“Food for thought and learning from the history of the Roman Empire to discover that dependence on others is never a good thing. Why is PV solar panels technologies our future?”

PV solar panels are our future.

PV solar panels are our future.

This time, we look to the future, to establish what the future of our energy security will ultimately be if we continue to depend on energy from other sources, rather than our own, to keep on the lights.

The flight back home from a visit to Rome (the great city itself) took me over Germany, a country which also features in the history of the Roman Empire. Flying into Munich airport, the differences between Britain and Germany were very noticeable.

The start of Heat my Home began on a train journey to Salzburg in 2004, where I noticed the large numbers of solar panels on homes, even back then. The future was clear to me, and I decided to promote solar panel technology in its different forms. (more…)