A paradigm shift in thinking about solar panels

August 21st, 2014

“Upon finding out my schoolboy nephew had got his first paid job, I realised that most of his hard-earned wages would be spent on mobile phone credit. What a shame, no fun stuff, just boring old phone credit. This got me wondering about the rest of us.”

A paradigm shift can be as easy as looking up rather than down.

A paradigm shift can be as easy as looking up rather than down.

It would seem that the same situation is occurring with Mr and Mrs average homeowner and their energy bills. The big difference between the gas in your pipes and my nephews phone credit is phone credit has never been cheaper and still falling – whereas energy costs are on an exponential climb.

If ever a paradigm shift was needed in the way we all heat and power our homes, it would certainly be now. But history shows, such dramatic change in thinking never happens overnight, nevertheless, the drip, drip, drip of transition, always speeds up to become a deluge eventually. Read the rest of this entry »

A small issue of PV solar panel degradation

August 7th, 2014

“A common sales tactic used by salesmen within the solar industry is panel degradation. This issue should actually be a very small consideration when choosing a potential installer.”

Better technology and improved techniques reduce degradation.

Better technology and improved techniques reduce degradation.

Degradation is commonly sold as a big issue, but most modern panels as I will show, have degradation rates so small that it should only be a tiny consideration for you, yet the overall price of the installation should be more worthy of your investigative powers.

To begin investigating the panel degradation issue, it’s important to know exactly what the terms “degradation” and/or “Power or Performance Warranties” mean as these industry terms will be used by installers and salesmen when presenting their photovoltaic systems for your consideration.

Degradation is the term used to describe how the efficiency of a panel will deteriorate over a period of time due to the effects of weather, UV light exposure, ageing and pollution, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

Greed may have consequences for the solar industry

July 23rd, 2014

“I am proud to be an early adopter and user of the internet and I am equally inspired by the same pioneering spirit within the solar panel industry today.”

The internet then, the internet today.

The internet then, the internet today.

Like the early internet before it, there were people ready to take advantage of new people venturing into a world of unknowns. Most pioneers can and do learn quickly and manage to avoid the pitfalls of a new landscape.

However, the same company names using salesmen from the double glazing school of salesmanship and charging disproportionate prices, sometimes in excess of 30 percent more than is deemed ethical, keep cropping up.

On the positive side, this makes the lives of good solar installers easier, but generally, such behavior, leave people confused and distrusting of this still fledgling industry.

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Fracking in national parks illustrates our energy desperation

July 9th, 2014

“They say ignorance is bliss, and it was, but now the signs that we are on the wrong side of our civilisation’s peak are everywhere.”

The road ahead is directed by signs.

The road ahead is directed by signs.

The first word on this web site’s home page is “preparing”! I created this site as advanced news that the North sea oil and gas fields had ‘peaked in its production’ capabilities.

The chancellors recent ‘incentives and subsidies’ for the small-scale oil and gas companies, to tap into the last of the smaller oil fields (deemed uneconomic to the big exploration companies) is extremely telling.

Most signs that reveal our way of life is in trouble are subtle, some you have to read between the lines, but generally speaking, most people choose to ignore them.

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Pride in your work and striving to find the best solar panel installers

June 26th, 2014

“Throughout my life I have always been the best or strived to be the best at whatever job I had been doing at that time, so it annoys me when others don’t.”

A brighter road ahead with a quality solar installer.

A brighter road ahead with a quality solar installer.

During my earlier years in the world of work, I have worked on a factory line and produced more each shift than my colleagues, I have worked in a web development company and produced better designs for my clients and even within the solar panel industry, I sold more than the others within that particular company.

This I put down to my enthusiasm for the technology that was somewhat lacking with my colleagues at that time.

Unfortunately, pride in your work and customer satisfaction doesn’t come easily to some people. Thankfully for the solar panel industry, the quality aspect of both the technology and its installation, is not something you need to worry about today. Read the rest of this entry »