The Rise in Popularity of Solar Panels

December 10, 2022

The history of solar panels can be traced back to the 19th century when French physicist Augustin Mouchot demonstrated a solar steam engine. However, it wasn’t until the 1950’s that solar panels began to be used for electricity generation when Bell Labs developed the first silicon solar cell. Since then, solar technology has greatly developed over the years, offering people and companies a clean and renewable source of energy that can help to reduce their carbon footprint. The technology is constantly improving, making them more efficient and cheaper to install.

Over recent years the UK, alongside the rest of the world, has seen a significant rise in the popularity of solar energy. This is due to the many benefits solar panels bring. We have highlighted the most significant below.

  1. Money Saving 

One reason why solar panels are becoming more popular is because they are becoming more affordable. The cost of solar panels has dropped significantly in recent years, making them a more viable option for many homeowners. In fact, the cost of solar PV (photovoltaic) systems has fallen by around 85% since 2010. This, combined with the fact that solar panels can last for 25-30 years, makes them a very attractive proposition for investing in renewable energy. Solar panels also offer relatively low maintenance once they are installed and can provide a significant saving on your energy bills, resulting in the rise in popularity in recent years.

As well as saving money, installing solar panels can help you profit by exporting your excess energy back into the grid. Export Tariffs mean your energy supplier will pay you for each unit of energy that is exported back into the electricity grid - ultimately, you are selling any energy that you generate and do not use. It is estimated that around 50% of the energy generated is being sold back to the grid. So, if you’re considering going solar, now is a great time to do it. You’ll be joining the growing ranks of solar panel owners who are helping to make a difference to the planet and saving money at the same time.

  1. Environmental Impact 

One of the most motivating factors in the increased popularity of solar energy is the need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. More and more people are looking for ways to do their part for the environment, and solar panels are one way to do this. They are a renewable energy source, meaning they will never run out, unlike fossil fuels. Furthermore, when using fossil fuels as an energy source, they produce a significant amount of greenhouse gases and contribute to global warming. By gathering energy from the sun, solar energy removes the negative environmental effects and can reduce your home's carbon footprint by 80% in one year. 

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