Here comes the sun lala lala
(A) rather more general question-mark has been raised over (Solar Panels) value by one of the country's genuine experts, Abu Bakr Bahaj, a senior lecturer in civil engineering, who based his figures on the experience of a large panel installation at his university in Southampton.
Since solar panels in Britain generate, on average, only 20 per cent of their potential maximum output (at a cost of £4,500 per kilowatt of installed capacity), he reported in the journal of the Institute of Civil Engineers that the average pay-back time of solar panels is more than 45 years (although 70 years, he wrote, "is a more realistic figure"). Yet the average life of a photovoltaic cell is only 25 years.
In other words, if taxpayers were not so generous in providing £3,000 per kilowatt of capacity, no one in his right mind would dream of installing them.
So rapidly does any mention of global warming turn people's minds to jelly these days, that I suspect before long we shall see not just 10 Downing Street but the entire Palace of Westminster groaning under the weight of turbines and solar panels: all as useless as the politicians below them, whose electricity they will be doing almost nothing to provide.