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Monday, 16 August 2010

Now from wind to Solar

solar panel

Ever been accosted by a solar power salesman and advised that solar panels on your roof will save you a fortune on your energy bill? Well I’ve just had one of these charlatans cold call me. Luckily I remembered some facts and figures and sent him off with his tail between his legs

The facts and figures came from an article in The Indy a while back. The article was discussing research carried out by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors on the feasibility of mast mounted wind turbines and Photovoltaic panels on private dwellings.

Now for all you greenies that might read this, and think that you must have one of those, try this for size.

Photovoltaic (PV) panels for power – and domestic, mast-mounted wind turbines – will take between 50 and 100 years to pay back.

Of course those most likely to gain from this idiocy spouted the usual nonsense.

The solar power industry accused Rics of failing to take account of the rising cost of energy and other financial benefits of renewable power in its figures. Jeremy Leggett, of Solar Century, said: "They are grossly irresponsible."

I must have saved someone some money from this article. That’s my good deed for the year day then.


  1. > will take between 50 and 100 years to pay back.

    But won't last that long.

  2. Ten years, or so I'm told, is the effective working lifespan on photovoltaic panels.

  3. a -80% ROCE. Wow only Gordon Brown would invest.

  4. Given that the devices have a maximum lifetime of 30 years, they are never likely to recoup the £3,000 to £20,000 cost of their installation, according to Rics' building cost information service.

    There you are a MAX of 30 years.

  5. Hamsters are the answer, dozens of em all running on little treadmills coupled to alternators, hell you can give em all a drop of amphetamine when you want to boil a kettle...seemples!

    wv gersibb, suppose gerbils would do at a pinch eh!


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