“One of the unspoken reasons for the inability of governments to restart the engines of growth after the economic crisis is high energy costs. Solar panels can help the future economy.”
Does it not seem odd that governments across the globe, and not just our own, are scaling back their commitments to a growing and robust alternative energy industry? Although the incentives for solar panels have been reduced recently, the need for them, and, in fact, the benefits financially have never disappeared.
The recent feed in tariff reduction, which was, unfortunately, badly managed and ultimately caused panic and a torrent of media stories, was always planned. The scheme was always designed to decrease as installation costs decrease alongside. The speed and rapid decrease in installation costs over the last two years have made solar technology investment, a long-term necessity.
The necessity I am talking about, is on 3 levels:
1. The necessity for homes and business to reduce dependence on escalating energy costs.
2. The necessity for governments to invest in new technology industry, to create employment and long-term energy security.
3. The necessity to protect global agriculture from the effects of global heating.
Business and commerce based on oil is slowly dying through gradual strangulation. Even without the banking crisis, the problem of an economy based upon oil is now viewed or should be viewed as short sighted.
Like the Roman civilisation whose early growth was based on a military campaign and colonization, must have thought the world and resources outside of Italy were limitless, sound familiar?
If we, as a civilisation, cannot begin the essential transition to move to alternative sources of energy, then the prognosis for modern humans is dire too.
Why we love solar panels
Stuart Lovatt the founder of Heat my Home first coined the phrase in 2004:
“The fight for civilisation is won; the challenge of keeping it has just begun!”
The economic landscape has changed beyond recognition since the power of money has moved from West Europe to East Asia over the last decade. Imagine a world where the flow of oil did the same. This is not out of the realms of possibility anymore. The economic and environmental landscape is changing and changing fast.
China already holds the majority stake in the rare Earth metals, which are needed to manufacture solar panels and other alternative technologies, with a land grab of African territories currently under way. It seems the Chinese is already preparing for future resource shortages.
Our western governments need to get a grip while we have the capabilities to do so. The prospect of an energy crunch, maybe only, a Chinese, back room deal with the Middle Eastern regimes away from reality.
As the economy looks increasingly doomed, the need for western governments to seize the moment and treat these threats, with the same scale we did during the world wars. The difference this time will be spent on solar panels and alternative energy rather than guns and tanks.
The threat of the cold war took mankind to the moon.
Imagine how quickly we could solve the 3 biggest problems of our generation, if our governments and people, got behind and took action against threats even worse than Nazi Germany.
The economy depends on growth. Growth in the solar panel industry can be viewed as the new munitions industry for the 21st century.
If only we had leaders with this type of foresight and a dream.
Until then, we must act as individuals.
Solar panels anyone?
"Feel the pride."
Stuart Lovatt on
Founder of Heat My Home.