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Experts Say the UK’s Solar Future is Brighter Than Ever

The UK solar industry has had a few major ups and downs in the past few weeks, with first a record amount of energy production at around 15% of the UK’s usage in July, and then the subsidy cuts, which will effectively reduce the amount of money small systems can make from installing solar, it’s easy to say that it’s been a rollercoaster, and it’s easy to see why. When the Department of Energy and Climate Change made the same…

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The World’s Largest Solar Plants

Harvesting solar energy is a really big deal! Every year the earth absorbs so much solar energy that if we captured it all, we could power America 40,000 times over again. That’s a lot of energy, and countries are starting to warm up to the potential of this fantastic renewable resource. Of course it helps that in the past five years the price of solar power has dropped by 75% percent. This price drop has given lots of countries the…

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Global Solar Installed Capacity Per Capita [INFOGRAPHIC]

Solar power has been available for over a century but it’s only in the last few decades that it has become affordable for everyone to install. Today, solar panels allow everyone from homeowners to multi-national companies to generate power from the sun, which can then be used to power anything regular coal-generated electric can. However, while solar panel costs have fallen by over 50% in the last 10 years alone, not everywhere is embracing solar with the same open arms.…

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How Much Do Solar Panels Cost in The UK? [INFOGRAPHIC]

This infographic was created by Ollie Smith using our solar panel cost data. It answers the most burning question on the mind of anyone looking to install solar panels, with accurate cost data from a survey of UK suppliers, and calculations on how much Co2 you can save by taking the plunge.   Please share this graphic on your website!  Released under the SS by SA creative commons.   In January, 2017, most UK homeowners saw a 10% hike in energy…

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This Map Shows The World’s Longest Walks

This map was created by to help boost awareness around rising global Co2 levels. With 3.06 Trillion miles driven in the US every year and 316 billion miles driven in the UK. Reducing this by even 5% would save 20,349,000 Tonnes of Co2 in the US plus 21,014 Tonnes in the UK annually. Considering these super steppers can make it around the globe, ditching the car for short trips is a fabulous and easy way to positively impact the…

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Solar Panels More Profitable In 2010, or Now? (Data Graphs)

While the FIT rate has dropped dramatically, the cost of installation has fallen even more. As a result, solar installations in the UK remain profitable, and competitively so. In fact, installers are better off now than they were in 2010, with a 41.3p/kWh FIT rate.   Rate of Return Change 2010-2016 Original image released free under creative commons with attribution to In February of 2016, the FIT rate dropped some 65% for solar installers, with the locked-in rate changing…

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The Cost and Benefits Of Solar Panels

Understanding the Cost and Benefits Of Installing Solar Panels As the cost of utilities continues to rise, many homeowners are looking into making their residences fully dependent on solar power. As such, understanding the costs, benefits, and potential financial returns of moving to solar panel-power is extremely helpful and informative. In the United States the average household consumes approximately 4,600 kWh of electricity per year. This page covers some US prices, go here for the main UK solar panel costs info. However, continuously-running…

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Wind vs. Solar Power

Wind Power In 2014, the world generated 369,597 MW (Megawatts) of energy by harnessing the wind. However, that number is growing every year. Advances in technology and a reduction in the price are continuing to increase the appeal of wind power. In fact, you may be surprised by who gets the most electricity from this renewable energy source.   Where the Wind Blows, Countries that use the Most Wind Power At the moment, China is the largest producer of wind…

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The Cool Facts About Floating Solar Panels

Japan recently unveiled the largest floating solar panel system in the world. Located at Hyogo Prefecture in Western Japan, this floating solar farm produces 2.3 MW and can power 820 homes. It positions Japan at the forefront of aquatic based solar panels. Other countries are quickly catching up though, especially as the benefits of this technology become more apparent. The Production Process The panels for the Hyogo Prefecture project were made by a Japanese electronics corporation called Kyocera. They’re responsible…

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