Our response to Germaine Greer on the development of Solar Panels

Posted on February 2, 2015

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Watching the BBC’s Question Time last Thursday, January 29th 2015, one of the questions posed to the panel was regarding fracking for shale gas.  In her reply to the question, Germaine Greer claimed that solar panels “had not developed further over the last 80 years” … and that by now “we should be able to build whole buildings out of photovoltaic materials”.  

To this we would like to respond that this is exactly the case!  For over 20 years Building Integrated Photovoltaics, BIPVs, have been installed across the globe.

Those that know us will know that, as UK agents for Ertex Solar, this is the message we want to get out there! Ertex Solar is one of a handful of companies in the world that has developed and manufactures BIPVs, replacing traditional building materials and envelopes with BIPV windows, roofs, balustrades and even golf buggies, boats and ships made with BIPVs.  And let’s not forget the art installations! 

Germaine’s point was no doubt addressing the traditional retrofit modules and their cost. But cost is a question of supply and demand.  If the UK government supported the renewable energy sector, as they do to the gas and oil sectors, the renewable energy industry, in its many forms, would have the chance to grow and compete to supply the world with environmentally friendly electricity.

For now though, so eloquently demonstrated by Germaine Greer, we still have to overcome the lack of visibility that clouds the photovoltaic industry and stops us from getting through to future users.


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