Someone on your street likely has some strange looking appliances on a portion of their roof. You may already know solar panels when you see them, but surely some neighbors have looked on with confusion.

What we’re seeing in this country is an energy renaissance. The average homeowner can now take charge and become at least partially energy independent. Imagine not being fully reliable on the grid. Imagine a widespread power outage where you’re still able to keep a few lights on.

Solar photovoltaic installations have soared recently in the UK, partly due to developers rushing to meet a change in subsidy regime in April. There are now around 700,000 small-scale installations now on the grid, enough to power over 655,000 households, according to government figures. Britain is currently installing solar capacity more quickly than any other European country.”