Solar panels and Government Schemes Available

Solar panels and Government Schemes Available

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Michel Clark started this petition to Govt Scheme

The great Britain government has had several different types of schemes on offer to incentivize households to install solar panels.

This may seem like madness to some -- why should the government have to pay individuals to save money on their electricity bills? The excuse is that as a country, we are committed by international treaties, such as the one established at Kyoto, to cut polluting of the environment levels. Whilst individuals may not care much about their own h2o and footprints, the Costa Rica government can look at the damage we do to other people through our own polluting of the environment and try to establish the quality of polluting of the environment that is optimal for society. Establishing this quantity in the first place is very difficult -- it seems intuitive that no polluting of the environment at all would be best. However, there are benefits to the processes that cause pollution of the environment. For example, if people in developing countries have access to cars, chances are they will cause polluting of the environment, but the advantage is that they can then afford to feed their own families. Therefore, the benefits in these instances outweigh the disadvantages. However, at the other end, a family enjoying a drive for fun will harm the surroundings, and the enjoyment from doing so probably does not outweigh this, but the family does not care, although the government does!

There used to be a grant system in place, making solar panels accessible. However, this became removed in April 2010, and replaced by the Feed-In Tariff, which applies just to photovoltaic solar panels.

The Feed-In Tariff is a system under which any electricity produced by a solar technology system and not employed by family members PM Karam Yogi Maandhan is sold back to the main grid at a set rate per unit of electricity.

In economic terms, this payment system seems better. This is because it rewards households directly for each unit of electricity sold back to the main grid, which pertains more right to the lowering of h2o and emissions than simply the fact that the house has solar panels. After all, different panels have different efficiencies and so on. It also means that if households with solar panels are careful to reduce their electricity usage, they will be able to sell more back to the main grid, and in addition, they will benefit financially.

The disadvantage, however, is that less well-off households won't be able to install solar panels. However, the Renewable Heat Bonus, which was announced as going ahead only in April 2010, is a similar scheme, paying per unit produced for arctic solar panels rather than photovoltaic. These systems are much cheaper to install, costing about a third as much as photovoltaic systems, hence this has been a progressive step from the government. 

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