BACK in 2011 solar panels were being snapped up like hot cakes thanks to a generous feed-in-tariff scheme which paid large sums to those who installed them. Fast forward two years, and as tariffs were slashed, sales slumped, but will the recent energy price hikes, cold weather and worries about energy stability lead to a second coming? The winter...
A BRAND new wire contraption will let solar panels produce 25% more energy than before. The layer of tiny wires made from gallium arsenide, an expensive material that excels at converting a greater amount of sunlight into electricity, will lay on top of the original solar cell. The so called SolInk, researched by Sol Vatics, will allow PV panels...
ALMOST 10,000 people looked into buying solar panels in February, more than any other recorded month. A staggering 9,824 entered their details into The EcoExperts’ solar PV comparison tool, to see if they were suitable for solar PV. A spokesperson from the EcoExperts said: “After a winter where fuel prices hit record highs, it is unsurprising a...
MORE than two million Australians are now getting cheaper power and saving some half a billion dollars a year on their electricity bills, because of their switch to solar energy. The number of Australian homes with solar power systems has passed the one million mark, according to figures from the Clean Energy Regulator that confirm the milestone...
RESIDENTS will be able to pay for solar PV panels with an energy efficiency loan from the Government. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) estimate doing so will save/earn homeowners £605 a year through a mixture of energy bill savings and feed-in-tariff payments. The Green Deal is a government incentive to increase the energy...
A REMOTE Scottish Island finally has 24 hour energy thanks to new solar PV panels and wind turbine installations. Residents on the Isle of Muck have welcomed six new 5KW wind turbines and 30KW solar panels, which mean they no longer have to ration their energy. Previously power was only available for 14 hours a day, between 11am to 5pm and 11....
A SUPERMARKET petrol canopy in Southampton is to be built using groundbreaking solar glass, for the first time ever in the UK. The glass is fully photovoltaic, and produces energy from the sun, but unlike traditional solar panels, it is translucent, making it much more aesthetically pleasing as well as allowing light through. The canopy is due to...
Solar thermal panels can be used to heat your water free of charge. However newer renewable technology is available for this task, meaning solar thermal panels have become less popular. Read our guide to solar thermal panels and other renewable water heating technologies below. In This Guide: What are solar thermal panels?...