Solar Panels – My first impressions after 4 months.

Solar panels


I have 8 Solar photovoltaic panels on my roof and after 4 months I have received my first payment of £174 was paid this week. It is a big help as my house is unfortunately mostly electric heating with a wood burning stove in the front room. There is no gas in the village, incredible as it seems as the Gas is taken from the North Sea? Yet there is no gas here, how can you not make gas available to everyone not just those in the big cities? I do not have a garden so oil is the not possible and is so expensive anyway, I am pretty stuck so it had to be Solar. It will be interesting to see if it makes the £800 estimated annually? As they say every little helps? We all have to do our bit. Every 3 months you contact your electricity provider with your  meter readings, on 31 Dec – 31 March – 31 Sept etc and eventually they will work out the rate and credit your account. The readings are of an invertor in the my hall which is a separate set up. You can watch it working if you are sad as it gives a daily reading. This is fed into the grid and the rest is simple. There is a big discussion as the government cut the subsidies you get for what you generate very quickly and this is now being challenged in court. To me it is a great way to help cut down on our environmental impact. Every new house should if they are practical should have them as standard. They are expensive to fit but they will hopefully get cheaper and they are not unsightly like wind-farms. The estimates reckon 10 years get them to pay for themselves at current rates? We will see. How are people coping with fuel charges nowadays, it is crazy a lot of people are suffering.

This week I am going to try to get out on the hills, my back is a lot better but I have been off the hills for nearly a month, I have got to get out. Tuesday seems reasonable, weather wise, patience is a virtue, but hard to achieve. Worth knowing?


About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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