Solar / Insulation /Apt Planning Approvals

Solar should be a serious contender to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce, over the longer term, people's outlay, on heating. The government should implement a scheme that is subsidised to encourage changing over from oil/coal. Houses need to be insulated properly and if that means using UPVC that looks like wood for older buildings, Planning should approve these options as wooden windows are not effective, rot quickly, need painting yearly and use wood (deforestation), so all in all, decisions need to be made that are sensible and work for reducing climate change. Builders should also embrace building houses that are low carbon emissions. 

Why the contribution is important

Implementation of solar energy across the island will reduce our carbon footprint substantially. It will reduce people's monthly bills in time and helps the planet. 

by Jerseysues on February 13, 2021 at 03:38PM

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Average rating: 4.3
Based on: 3 votes


  • Posted by JuliePearce February 13, 2021 at 16:28

    The following statement appears on the JEC website
    "Though installing your own solar panels will reduce your reliance on the grid, they won't materially reduce your carbon footprint because Jersey's electricity supply is already virtually completely decarbonised."

    However, this does not acknowledge that co2 emissions and climate change does not recognise national borders. Every KWh of "green" electricity that we do not need to import from France (because it has been locally generated by Solar PV panels) means that that KWh can be used within France or exported to other countries. France still produces some electricity from burning fossil fuels, as well as exporting to neighbouring countries that also generate from fossil fuels.
  • Posted by antonygibb February 14, 2021 at 19:09

    Using PVC - a petro-chemical product - is far more carbon intensive than using timber, which not only contains sequestered carbon, but is a renewable resource. The principal of understanding the life cycle of building products is critical in reducing carbon emissions. Energy consumption is far from the only measure for reaching carbon reduction goals.
  • Posted by NickyW February 18, 2021 at 17:25

    I'm all for solar energy!
  • Posted by greybeard February 19, 2021 at 12:47

    We have been using solar panels for just over 12 months and have seen our electricity bills fall to £20 compared to ~£600 for the previous year. It will take us around 20 years to recoup the capital outlay, but looking at it another way, we are getting nearly 4% return on our investment (which is not bad).

    It seems to me that reducing Jersey's reliance on external energy supply has to be a good thing and should be encouraged.

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