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No matter how 'attractive' politicians try to make solar energy it would appear the average householder isn't falling for it. Could it be that they don't believe the UK government?
Most Scots associate solar with sunshine and thus shun the high installation costs of domestic solar panel technology which they consider would be of little benefit. If solar was the way to go housing developments would be including solar in their designs. They are not.
Add to that the fact that Scottish Renewables say they are being charged too much to connect to the electricity grid and the mounting opposition to wind farms being given the go-ahead around the north western edge of Scotland's largest national park and there's a serious threat to the Scottish government's renewables target.
Is Scotland - or the rest of Britain for that matter - benefitting from wind turbines? No. Consumers are the losers because added to their energy bills is the cost of the huge amounts paid in subsidies to wind farm companies, two thirds of which are based abroad. Businesses from Denmark, Japan, the US, Norway, Sweden, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany also own British wind farms and according to the Renewable Energy Foundation think tank from next year, £523m in subsidies will go to foreign companies.
Did I ask whether solar and wind energy will benefit domestic consumers in the future? No I did not, because we all know the rip-off will continue and we're powerless (excuse the pun) to do anything about it.