“The popularity of solar panel technology has come, not just because of the very generous feed-in tariffs, but also the awakening factor, where governments, companies and ordinary folk are waking up to a world with permanently increasing energy costs.”If you are one of thousands of home owners who are thinking of taking up the UK government’s feed-in tariffs scheme, please form an orderly queue.
The tariffs, which were originally intended for small-scale domestic and commercial applications, have had to be rescued from venture capitalists wishing to take advantage by creating huge solar parks, such is the financial benefits of installing this type of technology.
However, the review of the feed-in tariff scheme did highlight the long-term view for the scheme, which means only pioneer early adopters of solar panels, will benefit the most from the scheme and later adopters will benefit the least if at all.
Stuart Lovatt, the founder of Heat my Home adds “This really is a once in a lifetime window of opportunity for homes to join the scheme, and benefit from a new era in renewable energy technologies. Once the renewable industries become self-sustaining, which is predicted to be within 3-5 years, the feed-in tariffs will be reduced, or even taken away to newer applicants or later adopters.
The early bird catches the solar panels
As with everything in life, all good things must come to an end. Luckily, for those of you reading this article today, it is a good time to join the 25,000 domestic solar installations that joined the solar revolution last year. This figure is expected to double year on year.
If you are reading this in the year 2016, then sorry, you have probably already missed the boat.
If you are lucky enough to be reading this column in the year 2011, then will home owners or business owners wanting to take advantage of the feed-in tariff scheme, please form an orderly queue.
It’s deeply disturbing that the United Kingdom energy and climate change secretary, Chris Huhne, believe that the current price of oil do not reflect the realities of supply and demand as it stands at the moment.
Demand for solar panels is high at the moment.
Commercial solar panels
Small and medium businesses in the UK are being forced to take energy efficiency more seriously because of the recent rises in the cost of gas, electricity and oil in general.
Businesses don’t have the same rights as domestic households when dealing with the big six energy suppliers, making it complicated and expensive to find a good deal.
This is why more and more people are enquiring how to implement solar panels into their business and commercial operations.
Commercial and business enquiries are welcome for the feed-in tariff scheme under 50kW systems.
A commercial solar project, using high efficiency PV panels mounted partly on the roof, is being installed in Somerset, England, thanks to the UK’s new feed-in tariff. The first step has been to carry out the initial feasibility studies required for the project.
The solar installation aims to partially power during the daytime hours, enabling it to maximise the financial benefit of the feed-in tariffs and the owner will be able to use a large portion of the generated power on site and to inject the surplus into the grid.
The demand for commercial scale solar panel installations is high at the moment. Sooner rather than later is the key phrase with solar technology.
"Feel the pride."
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Founder of Heat My Home.