“In a nutshell, I describe our solar installation to friends and family as being “good for the planet” because it is “renewable energy generation with a zero carbon footprint”.”
We all know that human civilisation is depleting the planet of natural resources (fossil fuels and minerals) and in doing so is dangerously polluting the atmosphere with greenhouse gases causing a climate warming. Governments around the world are aware of the problems this will cause and the potential breakdown of business as usual.
It is, therefore, our duty as informed citizens to help mitigate effects. Individually, we can do only a little, but if many people contribute to the total effect will be significant.
I installed solar panels
I first investigated the potential of both solar panel technologies many years ago, but the economics of them were not attractive.
With payback periods of twenty years, it did not seem a feasible return on investment. However, with the current government feed-in tariffs for solar power and the decline of bank interest rates, the investment position has never been better, and I am now delighted to be able to invest in the buying of solar panels. I hope many others will do so too.
After installing a 3.2kW solar PV panel system on our south facing roof two weeks ago and it has been generating electricity without a hitch ever since. The installation went smoothly, completed in less than a day, and causing a very little mess and disruption. I have been tracking the system’s performance every day. It has been doing very well, especially on sunny days. It’s early days yet, and we don’t know how the system will perform in different seasons, but we are currently very happy with it.
As a result, I have no hesitation in showing the system to visitors to the house, and they are usually impressed. I’ve been invited to the local residents association to public’s the fact and come and see for themselves.
We’re not the first solar PV installation in the area, but we are probably the largest and newest and I’m happy to discuss the pros and cons of renewable energy, climate change, life the universe and everything.
The future of the planet and the legacy we leave to our children and grandchildren are too important to ignore.
We all contribute small levels of CO2 to the atmosphere, but the significant amount of people doing it has affected the whole planet, so we need to use this same principle but in reverse.
"Feel the pride."
Stuart Lovatt on
Founder of Heat My Home.