Soaring electricity prices brings explosive demand for solar panels

Patrick Collinson The Guardian 20 August 2022.

British households are racing to install roof-top solar electricity panels amid huge energy price rises, with installers saying demand has “exploded”. Simon Dudson, the chief executive of the Little Green Energy Company, which serves London and south-east England, says: “It’s absolutely crazy times. It’s unprecedented. We have had a 400-500% increase in business.”

The soaring price of electricity means a domestic solar panel system can now pay for itself in as little as seven years, and the way things are going, that could go down to five years. About a year ago, installers were saying the “payback” period was 15 years or more. Then there are the environmental benefits of solar panels.

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Climate Collapse – a Challenge for us all

Sandy Tod

The recent heatwave, described as “apocalyptic” in Spain and France, where it lasted longer than here, extreme winds that brought down so many trees earlier this year, and severe flooding on an increasingly regular basis are all warnings of serious climate collapse induced by global heating.

In Settle, ACE’s Energy Group has been consulting the public locally on how best to decarbonise the energy we use in our homes and businesses. A report, list of potential projects identified at a workshop in May can be downloaded here at:  https://acesettleandarea.org/about-ace/energy/  along with your feedback – closing dates for which was 15th August.

This will now be discussed at our Renewable Energy Workshop 7.00pm -9.00pm on Tuesday 6 September. Come and join us at St Michael and St Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, Tillman Close, off Kirkgate, Settle, BD24 9RA. We will be finalising plans to develop more renewable energy locally – your input would be very welcome. RSVP to acesettleandarea@gmail.com.

 

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Local Energy Plan for Settle and district

The potential development of renewable energy schemes in and around Settle was looked at during a workshop facilitated by Action on Climate Emergency (ACE) Settle and Area’s Energy Group on 21st May 2022 to take the first steps in drawing up a comprehensive Local Area Energy Plan.  Following the showing on 22nd March of the film “We the People” a survey of those attending indicated strong support for a wide range of renewable energy technologies in our district with the emphasis on solar and wind power as well as anaerobic digestion and heat pumps, with community ownership of installations being the most popular means of implementation.

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Energy Crisis and Communities

Communities around the country are delivering their own alternative local energy strategies to tackle the energy crisis, save money and reduce emissions now. In contrast, the UK government’s Energy Security Strategy, published on 7th April, failed to address the energy crisis and home energy efficiency in the short term. Instead, as the first policy update of its kind in a decade, it set new targets for offshore wind, promised more nuclear power stations and support for green hydrogen. It also follows the latest report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which has given us just 3 years to reverse the increase in emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

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