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Why Do The British Hate Solar Panels?

Everybody knows that the British are a traditional lot and are hard pressed to change anything about the way things are done. Double glazing has been around for about 40 years now and they are still reluctant to install a UPVC window that offers heat retention and no maintenance over timber windows that go rotten within ten years, have to be painted regularly to say nothing of the heat loss.It might come as no surprise then that whilst there are companies lining up to provide hard up homeowners with a completely free solar panels installation the average British homeowner is slow to respond.

This of course is great news for the energy companies who continue to raise the costs of their goods every year and especially in the winter time.It tempting to ask here, are the British crazy? Why on earth would they continue to pay the excessive demands of the energy companies when they could meet most of their energy needs through a solar panel installation? In lots of cases they could even sell excess energy back to their old energy provider.

Here are some facts about solar panels and solar energy

Let’s have a look at some current facts about solar panels here so we have a better understanding on what the current situation is:

Last month we had just under 3,000 solar panels installations in the UK;
The cost of a solar panels installation is between £ 10,000 – £15,000, depending on the size of the system;
Most calculations suggest buyers will be able to pay off the costs after 7/10 years, depending on how much they paid for their borrowing;
Most economists will agree that you stand to save £25,000/£35,000 over the life of and average system.

So there you have it; regardless of whether you have the money for a solar panels installation you can still go for a free solar panels installation or free solar deal and save yourself a great deal of money.

How The FREE Solar Panels Installation Works

If you’re hard up for cash to install solar panels yourself, and you have a suitable roof it is, on the face of it, a great offer. You don’t have to do a thing, apart from put up with a few days’ disruption and make the odd cup of tea for the installers.

In return for signing a 25-year agreement to house the panels, you will get the electricity generated by the system during the day, assuming you’re in the house to use it. Bill Sneyd of HomeSun says most users will save about 30% of their bill, though by changing behavior (running washing machines etc during the day) you can increase this substantially. As electricity prices rise, the savings will grow.

“Mothers at home with small children, the retired, and home-workers will clearly benefit most,” he says.

The installers will monitor and maintain the panels (these systems need very little maintenance) and insure them against theft or vandalism. The householder has to agree to keep them for the full term, and if the house is sold, the panels are passed on to the new owner.However, at the end of the 25-year period, the owner will keep the panels. They won’t get any Fits, but will probably still generate electricity, and produce some income for any power exported back to the grid.


You don’t have to be rich to go for a solar panel installation but you do have to be smart. It takes less than a minute to book a FREE solar survey to find out the suitability of a solar panels installation on your property.If you have business premises, offices or shops then you should get the survey to see what potential you have to go green and save a lot of money in the process. In other words, don’t be so British.

About The Author

Tom Norris is the Managing Director of the QFJ Media Price Comparison Network and writes passionately each week in the Compare Prices Supermarket Blog and Solar Panels Supermarket about home improvement and renewable energy issues.