Far from hurting the domestic solar installation market, the COVID-19 pandemic’s lockdown seems to have spurred it on. According to Cornwall-based Naked Solar, as people spent more time at home and saved money as holidays and other expenses were cancelled, many turned to investing in domestic solar panels. “The common story was that people were saying ‘I’ve been meaning to do this for ages and now I’ve got a bit of time to look into it’,” explained Naked Solar’s managing director Tony Sampson. “It just meant that we got busier and busier and busier as COVID-19 progressed, and we also found that we could get most jobs done.”
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It’s not a vision of Edinburgh that Robert Louis Stevenson would have conjured up, but solar panels could be installed in the Georgian New Town to help it adapt to the 21st-century problem of climate change. The prospect was raised by Adam McVey, the council leader, who said the city needed “to think very differently” and face up to “dramatic” changes if it was to meet its target of becoming carbon-neutral by 2030. “If you want to put solar panels up in the city it’s a much more arduous process right now to do it on a historic building than it is [on] a newer building that is not in a conservation area,” Mr McVey said. “There will be choices. What can we live with? What are our tolerances of trying to meet that carbon target? We have to find the right solutions for our buildings.” Mr McVey was speaking in an online debate organised by the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust to coincide with the publication of its manifesto, which places the city’s historic core at the heart of its response to climate change. While panellists stopped short of endorsing individual technologies, all agreed on the need for rapid change to meet emissions targets. Ewan Hyslop, of Historic Environment Scotland, said it was important that historic buildings were not “pickled in a jar” and that a balance should be struck between heritage and the changing demands of city life.
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