“The solar wind continually bombards the Earth, like waves hitting pebbles on a beach. Solar panels capture that solar wind.”Solar energy and solar panels, which take advantage, of this gargantuan energy source have had a rough time from David Cameron’s “Greenest Government Ever”. So we ask why the coalition government is becoming more addicted to fossil fuels, rather than scaling up the use of technologies such as photovoltaic panels?
Prime Minister Cameron’s rhetoric that the UK is at the forefront of the growth in renewable energy technologies is not matched by his actions as last year’s feed-in tariff fiasco, will confirm.
Despite the urgent need, for these technologies because:
- The world is on track for 6C of warming, which is a catastrophic level that would lay waste to huge swaths of the planet. The world is becoming more dependent on fossil fuels, not less as.
- The world’s demand for fossil fuels is putting great strain on existing oil fields with new fields getting harder, more dangerous and costlier to use driving already expensive prices upwards.
Further scaling back of feed-in tariff incentive does not make any logical sense and will amount to reducing the solar panel industries back to a cottage industry status. This is not illogical, this craziness.
Many long established solar businesses’s stopped trading after the effects of the governments miss-management with a continued assault on incentives, resulting in public confusion and bad publicity for the industry.
In addition, George Osbourne’s public hatred for the green movement has left investors in these vital technologies, holding back at best or transferring business to other countries with more foresight and investor security.
The 10 billion pounds given to the IMF by Mr Osbourne this week could have transformed the renewable energy industries overnight and, as Mr Cameron recently put it, spearheaded these new essential technologies for UK jobs and global growth.
That opportunity has sadly been missed, and the new, renewable technology age, which China, India, Germany and America are hotly pursuing, will leave Britain as an importer only, and vital jobs will be lost to those countries yet again. Does this sound familiar?
The go with what you know approach, for powering and under investing in the United Kingdom, can only lead us all down one unpleasant road. So we ask, even with the potential for an exciting new industry to develop, on a scale not seen since the motor car, why then, do our leaders stubbornly continue with the “business as usual” model?
Throwing the cat amongst the pigeons, it may be because our foreign owned big six energy companies, do not want the British people to self-generate. The wave of solar panels popularity seen last year scared them, simply because it saw the potential to dissolve their power and hold over us all.
A future with solar panels
They saw a future where the tables were turned, and they had to pay us, rather than us paying them.
The big six companies only exist because we are dependent on them, so taking away that dependency or minimising that dependence is a scary prospect for the big six energy suppliers.
With the overwhelming success of the feed-in tariffs last year, came an urgent need to close the flood gates quickly.
The power these companies have over us all can be the only reason that the government stubbornly refused to acknowledge the court case defeats it has embarrassingly endured. The stubborn mule approach, despite its twice proven illegal actions towards the solar panel industry, can only mean one thing.
The powers that be, do not want you to produce your own power and become self-reliant, which is a very good reason to do just that.
"Feel the pride."
Stuart Lovatt on
Founder of Heat My Home.