As successive UK governments struggle to build a coherent strategy to meet the country's commitment of 30% of energy from renewable sources by 2020, home owners and business are taking up the challenge, by increasingly adopting solar power.
That's as various wind power schemes are cancelled under pressure from the not in my backyard brigade, and major tidal schemes prove difficult to get into the water.
From home rooftop schemes to businesses using spare land or factoring solar into new buildings, the drive toward renewable energy is accelerating as more users see the benefits. With many homes now coming with smart thermostats and meter readers to help show just how much power we use and when, our awareness of energy use is growing.
For example, the Nest thermostat and other smart home energy monitoring devices produce monthly reports on your energy use. The Nest shows changes in your month to month heating and cooling usage comparison, while smart energy readers show how much of your planned budget is left, encouraging people to turn off wasteful appliances.
As we learn to value energy more, the next natural step is to install your own solar panels. These help generate your own power and reduce your reliance on mains electricity. The promise of generating a return, by being able to feed excess power back into the grid is a bonus, but should not be the driving ambition behind home installations, as the tariff paid changes regularly.
With UK solar energy output almost doubling between 2013 and 2014, and 2015 looking like another big year for growth. As for worrying about the British weather a look at one of the country's larger plants proves that solar power (many installations don't require direct sunlight to generate electricity) can still meet its expected output whatever the general weather.
If you have any questions about solar power, don't hesitate to ask. We can provide quotes and installation for homes and businesses, with the latest efficient solar panels and even help recycle your old ones, if you are upgrading from an early generation of panel that is not as efficient as modern types.