Renewable energy sources such as wind turbines and solar PV panels sometimes get a bad press because of their aesthetic appearance. Now the results of a new survey should finally put this argument to bed - for solar PV panels at least!
Over 700 people from across the country completed an online survey, which asked them to describe the look of solar PV panels on domestic roofs. Only seven percent of respondents described them as an ‘eyesore’. The majority of respondents gave the panels a thumbs up describing them as ‘eye catching’ (12 percent), ‘futuristic’ (25 percent) and ‘green’ (56 percent).
Solar panels are now much more common, and across the UK are the most popular method of generating small scale renewable power, sales have largely been driven by the Government’s current feed-in-tariff, which is very generous. With traditional energy prices continuing to soar, people can expect to see a lot more solar PV panels over the coming years.
Regionally, people in the East Midlands were most likely to find solar panels an ‘eyesore’ – though that was still only a minority of eight percent. Yorkshire looks to have really embraced solar PV panels as more people here than elsewhere described the panels as ‘green’ (48 percent). This comes hot on the heels of another report which listed Sheffield and Leeds as top of a UK renewable energy installation list.
Since the Government introduced the feed-in-tariff, over 38,000 domestic users have benefited from solar PV panels. The soaring price of traditional energy sources coupled with what is a very generous feed-in-tariff has seen canny purchasers make an investment, which some describe as giving better returns than an ISA.
The current feed-in-tariff will be reviewed in April 2012 – so now is the best time to invest in solar and make your home eye catching, futuristic and green!
Urban Energy are delighted that nearly half the population would like to install renewable energy technologies; what worries us is the lack of awareness surrounding it. To bridge the Green Gap it’s essential we continue to educate consumers and break down some of the myths surrounding the Green Deal, energy efficiency and microgeneration.
Urban Energy has earned a reputation as the south’s leading renewable energy specialist. This has been achieved by ensuring that from the initial point of client contact we offer 1st class customer service and care.
We only install products that lead the way within the renewable energy industry and that are renowned for their high quality and ecologically sound production. This reflects our own high standards and quality assurance.
We understand that introducing a renewable energy system to either your home or business is an investment that lasts for many years. With our in-house electrical and plumbing division it is our promise to you the customer that your satisfaction and peace of mind throughout this period is our number one priority.
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