Why I’m evangelical about solar panels
“Learning of the 106 oil producing nations, over 60 have seen year on year decline in output has propelled my enthusiasm for solar panels. Their recent popularity will continue to grow alongside the world’s oil decline.”
Currently for every barrel we discover, we now consume three. At some point in the next decade, global oil production will start to fall – FOREVER.
Families across the world, not just the United Kingdom, are investing in solar panel technology to gain freedom from the external influences, which affect the cost of energy coming through our pipes and wires at an increasingly costly rate.
Freedom has been prized and fought over for millennia by humans, and freedom always comes at a cost.
The costs of both solar heating panels and PV solar panels have been falling recently due to increased manufacturing capabilities. This may sound like good news, and it is, for the households who install sooner.
The price of this freedom given to the early pioneers or adopters of solar panels, will be paid by the late adopters, as the rare Earth metals required to mass-produce such systems become scarcer and more expensive.
Just like fossil fuel commodities, we are steadily working ourselves towards a peak output with a severe consequence for the costs of people installing later.
As a species we are lucky enough to conceive time, as past present and future. Looking forward to five years in the future is within the capabilities of most humans and planning for this period is common. However, looking further forward is just guess work.
The savvy and the astute can calculate outcomes from actual scientific data and a smidgen of common sense. That’s why homes with solar panels are owned by the energy savvy.
With economies, especially the eastern economies stepping on the accelerator, with the world’s oil and business leaders (including Richard Branson) warning of declining oil flow rates, the world’s economic engines are going to feel that spluttering feeling soon.
Freedom from the rising costs of heating your home.
So maybe it’s just a matter of when you will install alternative energy technology, not if!
How long will your new car last?
I’m evangelical about solar panels for many reasons, but the best of those reasons has to be their longevity.
Thirty years ago, we were all basking in the golden age of cheap energy, as the recently discovered North Sea oil fields were first baring their fruit.
The cars from that era are now only seen in period drama series, and my father’s Triumph Stag motor car is nothing but a misty memory. There are few technologies that last the test of time, and still be of use on a daily basis thirty years on, but solar panels do.
Thirty years from now, when your current car is a blip on your memory, a solar heating or PV electric panel system, would still be benefiting your family. This is the real magic of this tough, robust long life technology.
Modern thirty years old PV electric panels are still working today, and so too are the panels attached to 1960s satellites we all grew up with. The true legacy of solar technology will come from its useful longevity, especially as the other families struggle to pay their energy bills.
Suddenly paying tens of thousands of pounds for a car to last 100,000 miles, seems like madness for approximately 5-10 years use when compared to investing in solar technologies longer term benefits.
This alternative energy technology will be the last line of defense for many, as the inevitable energy crunch begins to bite.
The world doesn’t yet know it, but solar panels are going to become an important technology for prolonging our modern civilisation.
"Feel the pride."Stuart Lovatt August 21, 2012
Founder of Heat My Home.