With the popularity of solar power steadily increasing throughout the world, there really has never been a better time to consider installing solar photovoltaic panels (PV) on your business or home. Here are some of the benefits of PV panels and some of the debunked myths that tend to circulate around the water cooler.
The biggest and most damaging myth to solar panels is the idea that solar panels only work during times of sunny weather or in places reserved for tropical weather. Not only does Britain receive 60% of the sunlight received on the equator, but the great news is that yes – Solar panels do work during periods of cloud cover as they still receive diffused energy emitted by the sun. This makes solar energy one the best forms of renewable energy as they work 365 days a year; no matter what the weather.
It is a little known fact that the renewable energy industry is also one of the most lucrative and tide fighting economies in the world. With much of renewable energy centred on the powers of solar energy, over $260 billion was invested last year in the United States alone. One of the great many reasons that solar energy is so popular (apart from the fact that they expel zero emissions throughout their lifetime) is due to the fact that PV panels can actually make a household or company money.
As PV panels can often produce more energy than is required throughout the day, all that excess energy can be fed into a feed-in tariff once you have reached an agreement with your energy provider. On average, a 3kWp system could save the average household around £670 per year. This means that the average system, costing around £10,000 can pay for itself in around fifteen years and because of the average lifetime of PV panels is around twenty five to thirty years; they are a highly lucrative energy source.
It is a very rare thing indeed where you can find yourself a technology that not only makes you money but also is a blessing for the environment. As already stated, PV panel produce absolutely no emissions once they are installed, meaning that an average 3kWp system could save up to a tonne of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere every single year. This means that if everyone within the United Kingdom were to install solar panels, there would be saving of up to 220 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. That’s a grand total of around 660 million tonnes over a lifetime of work. Of course, these are only figurse from the technology of 2012; with new talk of 3D solar panels that can reputedly store up to twenty times the amount of energy of conventional panels, who knows the true capabilities of solar power.
The answer is – very. With the demand for renewable energies outstripping that of fossil fuels for the first time in the history of renewable energies or fossil fuels, the demand has never been greater and is only set to rise. In fact experts believe that the demand for renewable energy will rise by 8% annually until 2030. This is not only fantastic news for renewable energy, but also the world. In fact, over the past few months, the United States and China have been clashing metaphorical sabres over the photovoltaic panel industry. This due to the fact that around 60% of the photovoltaic panels in the United States are manufactured in China and the U.S has now imposed specialised taxes on imported photovoltaic panels.
Although this may not be such good news for China, the simple fact that so much diplomatic order rests upon the shoulders of the photovoltaic industry simply shows how much stock major world countries are putting into solar energy. Not only are the minds of world leaders changing their opinions on solar energy but the battle of winning over the hearts and minds of the British public is also being won.
Now more than ever people are being educated into the vast benefits of solar energy and are more willing have solar panels and other sources of renewable energy installed upon their buildings. Not only are schools now teaching their pupils about the environment and the benefits of all sorts of renewable energy but also companies and training courses are springing up throughout the United Kingdom which are just ready to highlight the need for solar energy. One such company, Ploughcroft Renewables, not only reviews, installs and maintains solar powered energy but they have recently opened up the Ploughcroft Renewable Training Centre of Excellence, which is a hub of learning courses that are available for experienced roofers, plumbers and electricians to take the next step in their career and push forward the idea of renewable energies.