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Solar Power Helps Lower Carbon Emissions In UK

One of the benefits of solar power is that, being a renewable form of energy, it helps reduce carbon emissions here in the UK. This is something that not only the UK is targeted with achieving but also other countries around the world.

Well, you may be interested to read that according to the National Grid during the summer period of this year there was a big increase in electricity being generated by the likes of wind turbines and solar power. In fact, between the 21st June and the 22 September 2017 not far off 52% of electricity that was produced was done so using “green energy sources” such as wind, solar and nuclear. Four years ago such sources helped generate 35% of the electricity here in the UK.

We are sure that you will agree this is excellent news for the likes of the solar power industry and is no doubt partly attributable by the construction of things like solar farms, solar panels being fitted to residential homes and commercial properties.

There is no doubt a lot more that can be done to increase the generation of electricity by green sources of energy and let us hope that we continue to make progress in this respect in the coming years. Whilst there has been a fall in the number of households having solar panels fitted to the roofs of their homes or having ground mounted solar panels erected in people’s back gardens there are still many that are choosing this form of electricity generation.

There are many suppliers and fitters of solar panels here in the UK. So, if you are considering this as an alternative to the traditional source of electricity, you may wish to obtain a number of quotes from suitable businesses. As part of your due diligence, you may also wish to visit a number of homes where people have had solar panels fitted to obtain the opinion of the homeowner on the business that supplied and fitted the solar panels and whether they have proved beneficial.

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Huge Solar Power Plant For Iran

When you consider that solar panels are claimed to work at their best in sunshine it will not come as a surprise to read that one of the biggest solar panel farms in the world is going to be built in Iran which has an abundance of sunshine during the year.

Apparently, an investment company by the name of Quercus here in the UK has come to an agreement with the Energy Ministry in Iran to assist in the construction of a solar power plant that is capable of producing 600 megawatts of electricity. This would make it the sixth largest solar power plant in the world.

It is expected to cost in the region of 500 million euros that we are sure you will agree is a considerable amount of money. This is potentially great news for the UK economy and relations between the UK and Iran.

Such projects of this magnitude are few and far between so it is great news to hear of the UK’s success in this respect. It must have taken a considerable amount of time and effort in negotiating such a sizeable project and it will be interesting to observe its progression once, as expected, the building of the solar power plant gets under way sometime next year.

It is these sorts of projects that will be a major contributor towards helping the world achieve its renewable energy and carbon emission targets in the years to come. Let us hope that there are many more to come.

Solar power is certainly becoming a major source of energy both in the UK, Europe and beyond. It will be interesting to see if this type of energy ends up being the major source of helping generate electricity in the future. Here at Solar Panels UK we will continue to keep our readers updated with interesting news articles about the solar power industry.

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Thousands Of Social Housing Tenants To Benefit From Free Solar Panels

You may be interested to read that a considerable number of tenants residing in social housing are to have solar photovoltaic panels fitted to their homes with the occupants of these properties not having to pay anything for the solar panels.

Many social houses occupied by people on low incomes are to have solar panels fitted.

This will no doubt come as welcome news to these people as it is estimated that their fuel bills could reduce by as much as £240 per annum. That, we are sure you will agree, is a considerable sum of money thus freeing up funds for other needs by many people who are currently on low incomes.

Apparently, some 800,000 homes are to benefit from having these solar panels fitted to their properties both in England and Wales. The scheme is being supported by the Government with a company from Holland called Maas Capital putting some £160 million into the scheme. It is expected that it will take up to five years for all these homes to have had solar panels installed. A company by the name of Solarplicity will be making the solar panels available.

It is expected that in excess of 290,000 homes in the North West of the country will have such panels fitted with other social housing in certain other parts of the UK benefitting from the scheme.

As well as saving the residents of these properties a significant sum of money on their energy bills the installation of these solar panels will also help this country towards achieving its renewable energy targets as well as lowering carbon emissions here in the UK. It will be interesting to monitor how this scheme progresses over the coming months and years and, if it proves successful, if the Government decides to come up with a similar scheme in the future to benefit even more people on low incomes and living in social housing whether provided by local authorities or private landlords.

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Does Fitting Solar Panels Increase Property Values?

If you have wandered if having solar photovoltaic panels fitted to the roof of your home or having them ground mounted in your garden has any impact on how much your home is worth then you may wish to look into the research carried out on behalf of Which?

Does installing solar panels increase the value of your home?

Apparently, 1,252 estate agents took part in the survey and gave their opinion as to whether they felt that if a homeowner was to have solar panels installed it would make a difference to the value of their property. The research was carried out in June of this year.

It is interesting to note that only 8% of those estate agents were of the opinion that if someone was to have solar panels fitted to their property that such an installation would increase its value.

There were 17% of estate agents who were of the opinion that having solar panels installed had a negative impact on the value of the property resulting in its value dropping. This seems to be an interesting opinion. Could it be due to the fact that many installations are on the roofs of homes and potential purchasers of properties could be put off by the sight of such panels?

However, 67% of estate agents felt that if someone was to have solar panels installed at their home then this would not make any difference to the value of the property.

The remaining 8% of estate agents did not know whether such an installation would make any difference to the value of the property.

Whilst it would be good if having solar panels fitted to your home did increase its value, a major reason for having them installed is the potential saving that may be made in your fuel bills. Another reason for such installations is that solar power is a renewable energy and helps lower carbon emissions on a worldwide basis.

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Worldwide Solar Power Capacity Grows In 2016

Those of you involved in the solar power industry and the general public may be interested to note that, according to a REN21 Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century report published this year, solar power capacity grew by more than all the other renewable energy sources in 2016.

Solar pv capacity increased globally in 2016

In 2016, renewable energy capacity rose by 161 gigawatts around the world. 47% of this figure was due to solar power. 34% was due to wind power. 15.5% was due to hydropower. The amount of solar pv capacity grew from 228 gigawatts in 2015 to 303 gigawatts in 2016. The top five countries in 2016 in respect of additions to net capacity, investment on an annual basis and productions were China, USA, Japan, India and the UK. It is pleasing to see that the UK has managed to feature in fifth position.

It is interesting that some 9.8 million jobs exist within the renewable energy sector around the world. Of these jobs, in the region of 2.825 million work within the solar energy sector- that is a significant number of people and just goes to show how beneficial the renewable energy industry is in providing much needed jobs in many countries around the world.

We are sure that you will agree that the above figures make for interesting reading but more data can be found in the report that can be viewed on the website of REN21 so why not take a look to find out more information. We are sure that you will find it very interesting and informative.

It is going to be interesting to observe what happens in respect of UK and global solar power capacity for the remainder of this year and for many years to come as the world attempts to achieve its global renewable energy and carbon emission targets to help ensure that we all have a more environmentally friendly planet in which to live.

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Chinese Solar Panel Manufacturing Predicted to Grow In 2017

It is well known that China is a huge manufacturer of solar photovoltaic panels that are then used in solar panel installations in China and a number of other countries around the world. Well, it is being forecast that China is to significantly increase the number of solar panels it builds this year in comparison to 2016.

Solar panel manufacturing in China is predicted to increase significantly in 2017

Apparently, last year China manufactured solar photovoltaic panels that had a capacity of 48 GW. In 2017, it is being forecast that solar panels will be built with a capacity of 60 GW. That is a huge increase of 25%. Those panels will be used both in China and certain other countries around the world.

Of course this will be excellent news for those working in the solar panel industry in China as, presumably, it may lead to more jobs being created that the Chinese people will no doubt welcome.

China has certainly become a big player within the solar power industry and it looks set to grow its manufacturing output significantly. China has previously become involved in a trade war with the likes of the USA and countries within the European Union over solar panels.

China’s solar capacity target that was set for 2020 is being forecast to be reached before that date which is perhaps an indication of how keen China is to encourage the take up of solar power within its own country. Whilst there will no doubt be significant interest in solar panel installations in China it will be interesting to see just how quickly things progress.

It will be interesting to monitor the manufacturing output of solar panel manufacturers in other countries such as the USA, Germany and the UK to see how it compares with China in 2017. We will continue to keep our readers updated periodically as and when information becomes available about the above.

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Solar Panels Prove Popular In Australia

You may be interested to read that there are a lot of residential properties in Australia that have had solar panel systems fitted according to research carried out by Roy Morgan Research. The market research company claims to be the longest established business of its kind in Australia and has offices in other parts of the world including the UK and the USA.

Australia has a high percentage of homes with solar panels

In the 12 months to March 2017, their research found that 23.2% of residential properties in the country had solar panels fitted. That would appear to be a high percentage and the country is to be commended for its keenness to support solar power thus no doubt helping reduce the country’s carbon emissions and increase its use of renewable energy.

The above research company has also provided a breakdown of the take up of solar panels for residential properties on a state-by-state basis. The state with the largest percentage take up of having solar panels fitted is South Australia with 32.8%. In second place is Queensland with a take up of 30.2%. In third place is Western Australia with 26.6%. Victoria has 21% of households that have had solar panels fitted. The Northern Territory has 18.2% of households having solar panels fitted at their properties. New South Wales has 17.7% of homes fitted with solar panels and Tasmania has 17.3% having had such panels installed.

It will be interesting to monitor Australia’s future installation of solar panels to see if the percentage of households having them installed continues to grow. Here in the UK there has been a slow-down in the number of solar panel systems being installed in the last couple of years or so for one or more reasons.

If you are looking for one or more quotes to have solar panels fitted here in the UK then why not get in touch with us and we will arrange for you to be contacted by as many as three MCS certified installers of solar panels to discuss your requirements in detail and provide a quotation.

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250 Trains In India To Have Solar Panels Fitted

We recently mentioned about how India was increasing its use of solar power to reduce carbon emissions and provide an environmentally friendly source of energy in the country. Well, Indian Railways is planning to install solar panels on the roofs of a number of its trains. It is already fitting solar photovoltaic panels to the roofs of a considerable number of its buildings.

Some Indian railways trains are planning to have solar panels fitted to the coach roofs

The railway company just happens to be the fourth biggest train company in the world. It is to fit solar panels to 250 of its trains’ coaches that provide a local service with the energy being used to provide power for lights and fans. Batteries will also be used.

Companies involved in solar panels will be invited to tender for the work and will carry out trials on a number of trains for a couple of months before a decision is made as to which company is to be awarded the project. It certainly sounds like it is a particularly large contract.

There are so many places that solar panels can be fitted to help generate electricity and, over the years, we have made reference to some of them. It is not only the roofs of homes and commercial buildings that make ideal locations for solar panels. For instance, they have been installed on ambulances here in the UK and attached to backpacks to be used by walkers to help charge up mobile phones or tablets.

Solar panels have been attached to a large “raft” that is floated on the top of water such as on reservoirs and the sea to use space that would not be required for any other purpose. Solar panels have been used in parking lots where electric car charging points are situated to help provide the energy for alternatively fuelled vehicles.

It will be interesting to see how successful the installation of these solar panels will be atop a large number of trains’ coaches operated by Indian Railways.

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Will Trump’s Mexican Wall Incorporate Solar Panels?

Donald Trump, who is the President of the United States of America, announced some time ago that he wanted a very long wall built along the Mexican border with the USA. Well, apparently, he has now suggested that solar panels could be placed on the wall.

Donald Trump, President of the United States of America

It has been mentioned by some that the above suggestion seems rather strange from someone who played a part in the United States of America ceasing to be a part of the Paris Climate Agreement that most countries around the world had signed up to some time ago.

Some people are also questioning the feasibility of fixing solar photovoltaic panels to the wall that has yet to be constructed on the border between Mexico and the USA for a number of reasons. It will be interesting to see if the wall ends up being constructed as the cost is no doubt significant and Mr Trump had said that Mexico would have to pay towards its construction but this was not well received by Mexico. Will the United States of America be asking Mexico to contribute towards the cost of the solar panels?

Bearing in mind the length of the border between both countries there would no doubt be an awful lot of solar panels needed and there would also be a considerable cost in completing such a project that would no doubt take quite some time to finish. Some have also questioned how effective the solar panels would be if they were placed flat against the proposed wall as they are normally more productive when fitted at an angle.

It will be interesting to monitor developments over the coming months in respect of the possibility of solar panels being fitted to the wall should it ever be built. Here at Solar Panels UK, we will continue to keep our readers updated about the above.

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Record Achieved For Solar Power

If you have an interest in solar power then you will be pleased to hear that on Friday 26th May 2017, according to the National Grid, 8.7 gigawatts of electricity was generated by solar power. Within the UK, this made up over 24% of the total amount of electricity generated and broke the record achieved earlier this month.

Solar Power is proving to be a significant contributor to the National Grid in terms of electricity.

Only gas produced more energy with this source providing around 30%. Nuclear sources were responsible for about 23%. The level of solar power reached is a considerable achievement and the solar power industry surely deserves a “pat on the back”. This success was no doubt helped by the excellent sunny weather we had at that time.

No doubt the solar power industry would welcome further incentives from the Government and it will be interesting to see if the above achievement has any impact in this respect. There are far fewer solar panel installations being fitted to properties in the UK when compared with two or three years ago so anything that can be done to reverse this would no doubt be welcomed by those operating within the solar power industry such as manufacturers of solar panel systems and those businesses that install them in various parts of the UK.

Something would appear to need to happen sooner rather than later to incentivise more people to have solar panels fitted either to their residential or commercial premises. After all, there are renewable energy and carbon emission targets to be strived for between now and 2020 and no doubt beyond.

As can be seen from the above, solar power is proving a huge benefit in the UK. So, if you would like one or more quotes for having solar panels installed at your business premise or residential property then why not get in touch with us and we will arrange for you to be contacted in this respect.

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