I've just been accepted for a free solar panel installation. Yes in the UK now you can have free solar panels installed! if you meet the criteria of min 12 panels, south facing roof and accept a contract for 20 years.
Seems like a good deal. I get free electricity and the install business gets money from the UK government for every unit generated over 20 years plus a feed in tarrif for all the excess fed back to the grid that I don't use.
Everyones a winner! Maybe even the planet?
Would have been better if I could have paid for the system myself and then made money on the government payments/unit but this way I don't have to maintain it as the installer covers that as technically they are renting my roof for their system which they will still own. After 20 years they walk away and leave it with me and not having a mortgage I don't have banks to interfere so apparently it can all progress fairly quickly.
Anyhow I'm happy. Think I might be able to squeeze a 4.5kw system onto my not huge roof but that's plenty big enough for me. My roof is 10 deg's from south and 30 deg incline and nothing shading it which puts it amongst the highest for efficiency for this type of system.
I can hardly believe it. Something for nothing? and more unbelievably I am the only person in this row of 6 houses that even entertained it when offered?
If it goes well then I expect others will follow. Electricity prices are only rising and rising and I may be able to cut 50% off my bill.