4 posts • joined Thursday 9th June 2011 08:40 GMT
The subsidy in its current form is broken - a large slice of the money people pay to get 4kW of PV panels goes to 'non-jobs' - essentially made up to help the building trade.
The cost of a rational rooftop system would be based on payback times of field-scale solar.
if you want to put a small panel on your roof - you can - but you only get the subsidy at the same rate it'd be paid to a more efficient scheme.
This would need the regulatory scheme to be largely scrapped.
If you want to install a 'solar shed' from B+Q, with a 1kW panel on the roof DIY, you can, and it will pay back after 20 years or so.
But getting subsidised so that spending 60% more than the cost of the raw panels upfront is a good investment was barking mad.
Sitefinder is comedically bad, and not fit for purpose.
Sure, if you're in a city, it's sort-of-OK. You can zoom out to a level where you can probably see the tower serving you.
If you're in a more rural location - the process is more like find your location - now zoom out and find that the towers dissapear at a low zoom level, so you zoom out one level only, and do a manual scan around the area using the hideously clunky interface.
It took me around 20 minutes to find which tower was serving me.
The above is very powerful.
I used to for example - have a search "-(polar*,"brand new","free shipping",sealed) (repair,faulty,spares,broken,"not working",crack*,dropped,water)" - this worked well to find broken cameras.
Unfortunately, they've improved it, so you don't now get a list of matching auctions, it's aggregated by model.
I do not look forward to ebay 'improvements'.
Making search work well for most is good.
Breaking it utterly for some isn't.
Improvements need to be turn-offable, especially fuzzy matching. If I'm searching for a particular part number, and know the exact model, returning 'close' matches without the ability to turn this off can be completely useless.
One major annoyance
I want to put up some solar panels - DIY.
i can source these for perhaps 1/4 the cost of certified panels.
Unfortunately, if I were to connect these to the grid - I can't even get back what I'd normally pay for electricity - only 3p/kWh or so.
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