Solar energy panels that can also generate power from raindrops have been been designed, offering a possible solution for UK homeowners looking to invest in renewable energy. The all-weather solar panels that can create electricity from light on sunny days and rain on cloudy days could be the perfect solution for the UK where on average it rains about 42 per cent of the year, equivalent to 33.7 inches of rainfall. Currently solar panels generate the most energy on clear, sunny days, and produce 10 to 25 per cent less electricity on cloudy ones. Designed by researchers in China, the all-weather panels work in both.
Telegraph 11th April 2016 read more »
The Solar Trade Association has launched a new push to raise awareness of how the latest in rooftop solar technology can produce beautiful and aesthetically pleasing installations. A combination of inspired design, building integrated products and mounting systems that sit flush with the existing roof are creating more and more sleek and attractive solar rooftops on both domestic and commercial properties. Paul Barwell, Chief Executive, Solar Trade Association, commented: “First impressions are everything, and that applies to houses just as much as people. Stunning Solar shows that solar can increase the ‘kerb appeal’ of a home, as well as making it cheaper and more eco-friendly to a household or business.” “We want to see solar become a desirable consumer product, a home improvement. There is mounting evidence that homebuyers are willing to pay more for a solar home, and systems with symmetry, architectural integration and sensitive positioning and sizing are more likely to do just that.
Scottish Energy News 13th April 2016 read more »