Hopefully, most of you will have been enjoying the extremely warm, sunny weather that the UK has had in the last few days. For those of you that have solar panels installed on the rooftops of your homes or business premises, you will probably have also benefitted by an increase in solar powered energy output
In fact, it has been estimated that on Friday 3rd July 2015, solar power was generating anything up to 16% of the electricity being used in the UK. We are sure that you will agree that this is a commendable performance and, as more and more solar panel installations take place, this figure will hopefully increase.
As at May 2015, there had been 694,961 Feed-in Tariff solar panel installations here in the UK. This was an increase of 25% in the number of installations when compared with May 2014. That just goes to show the increased number of properties that have had solar panels fitted in the 12 months up to May this year.
The National Trust has announced that it is increasing the amount it has spent on renewable energy schemes as it is making a £30 million investment in renewable energy projects to provide power and heat for some more of its properties that it owns and maintains. This is with a view to having renewables provide half of its energy by 2020 plus it wishes to reduce the use of fossil fuels and lower the use of energy by a fifth. It is estimated that as much as £4 million per annum could be saved in energy bills.
Let us hope that the trend of greater use being made of renewable energy including solar panels in the UK continues as it is important that we make as much use of possible of the sun. As always, we welcome your comments.