solar panels as a basic inclusion on all new builds

surley by now, we should make it a manditory building regulation to include sola panels within the buildings planning. we currently rely on individuals to make the first step when surely it's the Governments resposibility to make such basic moves?

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we currently rely on the public to be forthright in their thinking whilst the Government lag behind. a good example is the newly proposed hospital being based on vehicle access! how can the island expect to get even close to carbon neutral with this backward thinking. the Government should be leading the fight not simply prodding the stick.

by DannySEMoisan on February 09, 2021 at 01:17PM

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  • Posted by philipjohnson February 09, 2021 at 16:02

    Not possible on all properties, but should be compulsory on most. Also the use of ground or air heat pumps, grey water and solar water heating, all should be playing a part in future buildings.
  • Posted by DavidP February 09, 2021 at 19:43

    Standby charges, imposed by Jersey Electricity for PV installations is a major deterrent to installing PV arrays. Currently on domestic properties the standby charge is zero; but the threat is there from a monopoly supplier. We need competition is electricity supply; supported by innovative and flexible tariffs which provide customer choice and supports investment, in PV and other renewable energy projects at a commercial and domestic level.
  • Posted by greybeard February 19, 2021 at 14:01

    Based on personal experience solar panels work very well on a South facing domestic house roof, but even with a battery it won't supply all domestic needs (when there are persistent cloudy conditions etc.), therefore there will always need to be permanent electrical supply available from JEC / other). Any such supplier will need to invest in (dual) undersea cables to maintain a reliable and resilient supply to the Island, which I guess is why the buy-back tariff is relatively low.
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