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Re: Solar tile panels
« Reply #75 on: October 30, 2011, 06:04:50 am »
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Re: Solar tile panels
« Reply #76 on: October 30, 2011, 07:19:43 am »
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Solar tile panels
« Reply #77 on: October 30, 2011, 07:43:11 am »
How could they possibly have decided the new rate when they haven't conducted the public consultation yet? :-)

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Re: Solar tile panels
« Reply #78 on: October 30, 2011, 08:47:16 am »
Even at at a FIT of 40p or whatever I still think the economics of this were marginal, and at 21p it seems to make little sense even with an install cost of say 10k. Either way it would rely on that FIT still being in place in 20 years time, and I have little confidence of that - or at least, that it would continue to be inflation-linked.

I've run the calculations every which-way, including compounding-up the FIT income etc, and I still reckon that you can find far better returns if you're happy to have your money tied up for 20 years

Given that I find the environmental case a bit sparse also, and that we'd have to apply for planning permission, then it looks as if this is the end of the road for our ambitions in this direction

My guess is that in a few years panel efficiencies will be much higher and install costs lower, and it might then be worth revisiting it.

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Re: Solar tile panels
« Reply #79 on: October 30, 2011, 12:50:24 pm »
True, but having read through the original legislation for the FITs, these have the figures and RPI increases cast in stone.

Whilst it would not be beyond the realms of possibility to alter the rates for existing installations at some point down the line, it is very unusual for any Government to introduce retrospective legislation in this way, and realistically I couldn't see them getting away with it.
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Re: Solar tile panels
« Reply #80 on: October 30, 2011, 12:58:38 pm »
There was a government minister (didn't catch the name) on You and Yours (R4) yesterday saying any changes to the FIT tariff would not affect those already registered.  From what I gather this will likely also apply to anyone who is fully signed-up by December this year.

Re: Solar tile panels
« Reply #81 on: October 30, 2011, 01:13:11 pm »
Even at at a FIT of 40p or whatever I still think the economics of this were marginal, and at 21p it seems to make little sense even with an install cost of say 10k. Either way it would rely on that FIT still being in place in 20 years time, and I have little confidence of that - or at least, that it would continue to be inflation-linked.

This is precisely the conclusion I have come to after mulling over it for a year. The gamble is not so much on the stated payback terms but on whether you trust the government to stick to them.

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Re: Solar tile panels
« Reply #83 on: November 01, 2011, 06:20:11 pm »
Sadly, an update: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/blog-debunks-13-year-olds-solar-power-breakthrough.html

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Re: Solar tile panels
« Reply #84 on: November 01, 2011, 06:27:15 pm »
Even at at a FIT of 40p or whatever I still think the economics of this were marginal, and at 21p it seems to make little sense even with an install cost of say 10k. Either way it would rely on that FIT still being in place in 20 years time, and I have little confidence of that - or at least, that it would continue to be inflation-linked.

This is precisely the conclusion I have come to after mulling over it for a year. The gamble is not so much on the stated payback terms but on whether you trust the government to stick to them.

We had a bloke round the other week. I don't really like the idea of other consumers subsidising a high FIT, and I also envisage problems with the installation in terms of buggering up the slates. Which as the change in the tarrif rates will probably put the installers out of business would be down to me to sort out.

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Re: Solar tile panels
« Reply #85 on: November 01, 2011, 06:51:27 pm »
I was all costed up and quoted out, poised with pen and chequebook to sign up on Friday last week when the news broke. My installer (the one with the best quote - £3.50/W and the one I trust most) cannot deliver by the 8th Dec so the deal is off. Second choice is more expensive, can deliver, but I have some reservations about the over budget quote and I have lost faith in the gubbinment not to pull out the rug in the future when paying that price.
Being a slightly more complicated install, mine would have been at the more expensive end of the available spectrum. Break even on 43.3p FIT vs another investment available to me for the same money would have been around 14 years - note, this is not the same as "paying for itself" which would have been 8.5 years, but reaching the same actual capital+return values. At 21p, it comes in at over 21 years with generous assumptions!
I suspect the thing to do is to wait until the costs fall a lot more, as indeed they will, so that the installation is cost effective on a lower and sustainable FIT, if a FIT is still necessary.

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Re: Solar tile panels
« Reply #86 on: December 13, 2011, 05:01:56 pm »
I was talking to a person who runs a renewable energy business (an electrician who also does solar). He said that in his experience (a lot of fixing existing installations) the returns were not as good as anticipated because:
a) inverters fail relatively quickly and are expensive
b) the panels don't standup to a Scottish climate terribly well. (or to be precise, the fittings that come with them)
c) Scotland. Sunshine. lack of.

So whilst he wouldn't advise me to not go down that route if I was so inclined he suggested that if it broke even over the lifetime of the panels then I shoudl consider it a bonus.

So that will be a resounding NO then. Which is a shame.
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Re: Solar tile panels
« Reply #87 on: December 13, 2011, 05:23:20 pm »
Some friends of mine in Rugby had solar in September 2010.   Because of a willow tree on public land it meant that their calculations expected payback in 25 years.   they were still happy to proceed.   The willow tree had to be severely pollarded in September this year after a couple of large branches fell into the road and onto a public footpath.   The differences this past three months compared to last year are startling.   Of course they don't have enough data yet but their installer revised the original calcs based upon the tree no longer being there and they now get payback in fifteen years.

The payback calculation is interesting because you get paid for generating electricity as well as a feed in tariff.   Apparently it works out better for them to use their generated juice rather than feed it in.   I cannot remember the exact deal but as one of them is home a lot they tend to do the washing etc. during sunny days rather than by economy 7.