Solar Panels taking off
Solar panels and Feed in Tariffs, carbon emissions….have you thought about solar panels?
Also called ‘photovolatic’ cells, solar panels are a sound financial investment as well as being great for the environment. The Feed in Tariff scheme has led to a boom in householders installing the panels, as it means that the Government will pay you for the electricity that they generate – even if you use this electricity yourself, rather than exporting it back to the grid! This means that you are paid for generating electricity, and you have lower bills as you are using less energy from the grid. With energy prices currently rising significantly, this is really important.
You’ll have likely heard a lot about renewable energy installations in the media and perhaps also from your friends and family. But it can be hard to know where to start and what’s worth investing in.
However with the news that Coventry Cathedral is hoping to have solar panels installed – well, it’s got to be worth investigating! Solar panels, or other renewable energy installations, will also significantly help to reduce your carbon footprint – often by around 1 tonne a year!
Not everyone can have solar panels installed – it’s only worth it if you have an unshaded roof (shadowing from taller nearby buildings can significantly reduce the solar energy that your panels absorb) and the slope and direction that your roof faces in can make a difference.
For a good overview of what the feed in tariff payments are and how you go about getting solar panels installed on your roof, this advice website has lots of comprehensive information to get you started (it is funded by an energy company, but the information is accurate and seems to be independent!). A more basic but good overview leaflet by the Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change is also available. Still want more information? Try the Energy Saving Trust’s ‘Buyer’s Guide to Solar PV Panels‘.
We’d love to hear from people who have investigated having or have got solar panels on their home – success or unsuccessful stories! It’s really important that renewable energy is embraced by householders, as we seek to reduce our carbon footprint and improve our energy security.