Having worked in this Industry since the boom times of the feed in tariff people are constantly asking me if the announcement of the FIT ending in March 2019 will signal the end of the Solar boom? My answer is simple NO!! Ok so yes, the country has seen a massive interest in Solar since the introduction of the FIT back in April 2010 but even with the tariff reducing we as a business have grown year on year. The reasons are simple starting with the non-stop rises we have seen with the big 6 energy suppliers, British Gas alone have risen their prices by 31% in just 2 years. Add to this price rises in food, clothing and spiralling fuel costs British families are feeling the pinch more than ever so if they can see a way of controlling at least energy then why wouldn’t they look? I always remember as a child watching the TV programme ‘The good life’ where a normal couple try to be as self-sufficient as possible, growing their own food and surviving off grid as much as possible it makes me think is this the only way normal families will survive in the future?
So, what is the future for Solar PV? I believe that once we leave Europe our energy prices will spiral to unmanageable levels, also other goods and services will cost us more to import so our hands will be tied either pay or go without! Therefore, the need to become more self sufficient will be more relevant than ever before, so filling your roof and storing energy with battery technology will put people in control of their energy needs. We are a world that relies on technology and all of the latest gadgets put an extra strain on our energy costs. So, the question is how can we continue without a renewable solution?
In the meantime, we have until March 2019 to make the most of the tariff, I can see there be a massive rush to beat the deadline, so this is the best time to look. And I say the same thing to every person I speak to and that’s “solar energy is a product where you will never know if its any good until you have a look”. The process is simple but very informative most companies will carry out a non-intrusive survey of your property and do a SAP (standard assessment procedure) to work out your potential savings and earnings from Solar PV. There are some things to be aware of however, all calculations should be based on worst case scenario of 2.4 hours of daylight per day, giving you a realistic timescale of return on your investment. Also ensure that the company you are dealing with are members of RECC (renewable energy consumer code) and MCS (microgeneration certification scheme) this will ensure you are dealing with a reputable business. Finally, there are a few businesses out there that have an insurance backed guarantee should anything happen to them as the last thing you want is a system on your roof and the company that fitted them going bust and your stuck with something that doesn’t work.