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Survey Reveals Two Thirds Of Homeowners Would Consider Solar Panels

A survey carried out by Mintel, a market research company, has indicated that in the region of 60% of homeowners who do not currently have them would think of having solar panels fitted. We are sure that you will agree this is potentially good news for the industry.

According to a survey, 60% of homeowners would consider having solar photovoltaic panels fitted to the roofs of their homes.

Apparently, there is a great deal of interest amongst the public at the moment in having solar panels installed under what is called the “rent-a-roof” scheme. This is where the installation companies agree to provide and install the panels with no charge but, in compensation, receive the income generated by the spare electricity that goes to the National Grid. Interestingly, of those that have already had solar panels installed, 20% of them used the “rent-a-roof” scheme and 70% actually bought them.

The survey did reveal that 40% of homeowners were not interested in having solar photovoltaic panels installed for a variety of reasons such as the potential impact on the value of their homes and concern about repair costs. With the warmer, sunnier weather hopefully not too far away, this may result in an increasing number of people making enquiries about having solar panels fitted to their roofs.

This industry looks set to continue growing not only on the residential sales side but also on the commercial side with the possibility of more and more businesses looking to have panels installed on the roofs of their commercial premises. There are still a number of solar farms being built. Collectively, all these developments should help the UK as it strives to hit its renewable energy targets in the next few years. Here in the UK, we will no doubt wish to continue to play our part in helping Europe and the rest of the world achieve these targets.

As always, we would welcome your thoughts on the above subject.

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