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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Solar energy articles

I've just completed a series of three articles for, a really good website which has masses of information on solar energy and solar panels, to which I've just contributed I might add. The first article (links above) explores the subject of whether you should accept the various offers of free and low-cost solar panels offered by some solar panel installers or whether you should buy your own. The more favourable option seems to be that of buying your own as there is much more money to be made through the government's Feed-In Tariff's scheme.

The second article is more general, looking at the pro's and con's of installing solar panels. It's a very good idea, especially considering the savings to be made in the long term, but there are some things to be aware of.

Finally, a much more useful general article covering the do's and don't's of installing panels, as well as a short guide to how solar panels work and some useful links.


  1. Thanks for the great links, they have been really useful. mine looking in to doing a small DIY project on my garage it roof need replacing so i was going to go ECO and get some PV cells.
    How hard are they to wire up?

  2. Hi there, thanks for the comments. Sadly, I'm not a technician and I also live in a block of flats which means I don't actually have my own PV system yet. Therefore the short answer is I don't know, however if I was in the position to fit a PV system, I would always go to a trained installer because the costs involved in buying the system initially means that you really do have to have the system working properly. That said, I wouldn't imagine wiring them up is all that difficult since it's a pretty straightforward system, but there again I'm not an electrician so I might be wrong. My main interest is purely as an environmentalist interested in climate change, while I'm very interested in the technical sides of renewable energy when it comes to my actual technical knowledge I am very much hitting the ground running and learning as I go along. Sorry I can't be of more help.


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