Why solar panels are our future?

Last updated on June 6th, 2017 at 12:48 pm

“Food for thought and learning from the history of the Roman Empire to discover that dependence on others is never a good thing. Why are solar panel technologies our future?”

This time, we look to the future, in order to establish what the future of our energy security will ultimately be if we continue to depend on energy from other sources, rather than our own, to keep on the lights.

Solar panels are our future

The flight back home from a visit to Rome (the great city itself) took me over Germany, a country which also features in the history of the Roman Empire. Flying into Munich airport, the differences between Britain and Germany were very noticeable” said Stuart Lovatt.

As the founder of Heat my Home, he also explains, “The start of Heat my Home began on a train journey to Salzburg in 2004, where I noticed the large numbers of solar panels on homes, even back then. The future was clear to me, and I decided to promote solar panel technology in its different forms.

Fast forwarding back to 2011 and the return journey from Rome was yet again as inspiring as that original train journey. This time, looking out of the window of the plane, the number of solar panels on view was obvious. They were everywhere, on both homes and commercial rooftops and in far greater numbers than back in 2004”.

Germany has a similar type of climate in the UK, so why have the German people enthusiastically adopted this technology into their culture? Or more importantly, why do most of the people of Britain still see this technology in a negative light?

The answers to these questions are simple. Dependency!

We in the United Kingdom have been lucky enough to have plenty of cheap, affordable and easy to access oil and gas through the North Sea oil and gas fields over the last 30 years, which has made us complacent in our view of energy. Germany has not had this luxury, and must find other routes to reduce her dependency by other means.

Now that we can see an end to the limited North Sea supplies, we find ourselves in the same position as our European counterparts. We too must now look to the conservation of this energy, and find other ways to keep our society running.

PV electric solar panel In the 1990’s, the German government embarked on a scheme which allowed both homeowners and businesses to generate their own power, using the new, improved and more efficient wind and solar panel technology. Our government has now recognised Germanys lead and can also now benefit from these types of systems, using a feed-in tariff.

Solar panels and the feed-in tariff

The feed-in tariff scheme is currently available in this country to homeowners and small/medium sized commercial applications for solar electric panels and solar heating panels. The tariff allows you to receive annual payments through your energy supplier, who will pay for the power that you generate, and here is the selling point-even for your own use. Brilliant!

As the adoption of these technologies spreads into many other countries, including the Scandinavian countries, solar panels are here to stay. The only question you should ask yourself is -when to install them in your home or business.

The feed-in tariff scheme is designed to reward early adopters of solar panels the most and later adopters the least at the rates per kWh will be reduced gradually over the next 10 years. A leap of faith is necessary when installing solar panels but the pioneering spirit is what binds our society.

The ancient Roman society represented the technological pinnacle of their own time, and Germany of our own times, but the stakes are too high for our proud nation NOT to move this technology forward.

History teaches us time and time again that we as a country have to stay at the forefront of technological advancements in order to survive.

I for one am proud to be involved with the next installment of Britain’s technological future, as will you be if you can show your neighbours how energy savvy you are!



Author.

"Feel the pride."
August 1, 2011
Founder of Power My Home.


  • Don

    I have to agree with what is already said, however I don’t believe the cost are that high (Correct me if I’m wrong) and I was reading an article that mentioned even the councils and churches are putting solar panels everywhere to cut costs.

    But @ken… he has a point.. i think if they worked harder in intergrating them so they weren’t so ugly they would have a much higher up take.

  • Hi Ken

    Yes price will be an issue for alot of people, but to use the early car industry as an example, those who can afford will buy for the benefits that solar panels bring and the prestige of being the first in the street.

    Prices will fall slightly in the future and the new government green deal will allow people without the upfront means to still buy.

    Those who want to continue to bury their heads in the sand after reading this, then they will just be left at the mercy of a world with progressively and continued higher energy costs.

  • Terry and Evelyn

    We have just sent the certificate to our energy suppliers to get official acceptance to the feed in tariff scheme and we are already becoming aware of the benefits of solar power each day when we read the meter. (Sad we realise).

    We have always thought ourselves fairly typical of our generation (mid 60’s) s having our character with regard to money and economic outlook formed in the days of rationing and restrictions of the 1940/50’s of our childhood. As a result any investment in new technology has to make sense financially.

    We assume that as we get older we will not be moving about, either as much and certainly not as quickly as we do now and it is pretty obvious that anyone in their 80’s will need to spend more money on heating than now.

    So we have used part of our cash savings to invest in PV solar panels to us a tax free income far greater than that which could be achieved elsewhere with an additional increase in value to our home should we need to change circumstances. We believe that following the installation of the PV solar panels that chances of us having to move in increasing age for financial reasons have been greatly if not wholly reduced.

    Financial benefits come from tax free payments for every kWH produced (41p) as well as the additional 3pence payment for every kW sent to the National Grid, plus the fuel savings. Furthermore our increased awareness of the cost of energy will make us even more careful to reduce wastage.

    To sum up:

    Usual return on Cash Investments in the bank in the region of region of 1-4.5% (subject to tax)

    Rate of return with PV solar panels is estimated at 6-10% minimum (tax free)

    These estimates are current and do not include for adjustment (not downward) for increases in future energy costs!

  • Ken

    All very well but you omit to mention cost of start up for these panels.

    I don’t think British people are complacent at all. They do recognise a rip off when they see one though. When the technology becomes readily affordable for everyone then it will take off.

    You also need to make the panels more attractive for homes that do not have square or rectangular sides. The panels look absolutely terrible when put onto a roof where they don’t fit the shape.