Solar panels and installations hit record high numbers

“The world has gone crazy for solar panel installations. Across the globe from Germany to the USA and the Far East, the rush to install solar panels has well and truly started.”

Record solar installations

Record solar installations

Even here in the United Kingdom, solar panels installations have rocketed to unprecedented levels over the last couple of years. You may have seen some installations pop up in your area recently.

The rush for solar technology, alongside the global increase in energy costs, is no coincidence. Whether we like it or not, there is too much demand on the remaining oil and gas supplies and the world’s governments are now all too aware of that.

This is why, across the world, governments have been implementing their own versions of the feed-in tariff scheme, which has propagated the expansion of the solar panel industries across the globe.

As we move further into the 21st century, energy issues will come to the forefront of everyone’s lives. People who previously never struggled in the past could now slip into fuel poverty. Recent unhelpful articles in some media papers have blamed the green energy expansion on the rising energy bills, but this is unfair.

The primary reason is that governments across the globe, not just in the UK, are working towards reducing dependency on this expensive energy. Global heating (climate change) prevention is only the secondary bi-product of this rise in renewable energy.

The previous Labour government and today’s Coalition have been stuck between a rock and a hard place -to do nothing over the coming years and watch prices still escalate and be criticised for doing nothing, or to implement measures (which would never come cheap anyway) to reduce the nation’s reliance on commodities for which every other global nation is also competing.

A bright future for solar panels

The fact that other nations (not just the UK) are investing in green technology such as solar panels must show even the most diehard critics that investing in a technology which will last longer than an expensive car and save or earn money can only be a good thing in the long-term.

Just imagine if we never invested in telegraph technology at the beginning of the 20th century! That also would have required a monumental investment in those times, but it was done, at great cost, and that original investment has led to your reading of this article 100 years later on the worldwide internet.

The point I am making here is that the UK has been very lucky and privileged over the last 30 years to have been able to rely on the North Sea oil and gas supplies. As a nation, we have all benefited from very cheap energy costs, but extraction is declining year on year. New oil field finds globally are declining fast, but importing and competing for fuel with the rest of the international community will still continue as China and other Far Eastern countries aspire to a western lifestyle.

Whether we like it or not, we all have to embrace these green technologies, or we will continue to fall behind internationally. Families are already beginning to fall into fuel poverty, so unless new technologies are embraced, we will soon see Great Britain begin to do the same.

Future-proofing your home or business comes with primary and secondary benefits in terms of reduced household bills whilst earning an income and an increase in property prices for those with solar technology. That’s not even to mention the saleability of your home and, of course, environmental benefits too.

I propose we stop calling it green energy and start calling it dark energy, simply because Britain will slip into the dark ages technologically if this important technology isn’t rolled out in time.

I thought great was put into Great Britain because of our pioneering and engineering foresight, so let us all embrace this new technology and then maybe this great nation might be at the forefront of cutting-edge progress once again.


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Founder of Heat My Home.

  • MichaelM

    Each square metre of the UK receives between 900- 1200kwh of solar radiation each year.

    This is comparable to Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark, where solar technology is already popular and the climates are similar to ours.