Housebuyers give solar the thumbs up

A Burnley company has praised UK house buyers for giving solar panels the thumbs up in a survey on “non-essential” property extras.

The survey, published by mortgage lender ING Direct, showed that British house hunters believe solar panels are the most desirable of all non-essential assets when it comes to buying a new property.

Burnley solar panel company Solarlec, which designs and installs solar PV systems across the UK, says this signifies a shift in attitudes towards renewable energy sources.

Ged Rowbottom, director at Solarlec, said: “This is fantastic news as it shows we’re really starting to understand the benefits of renewable energy.

“Official figures show that more than 360,000 UK homes are now producing their own energy through solar panels – this is set to rise over the next 12 months as energy bills continue to increase, prompting homeowners to search for cheaper and more sustainable sources of energy.”

The results of the survey revealed British homeowners are looking at extra ways to make their properties more attractive to house buyers – 38 percent listed solar panels as the most desirable extra.

Other non-essential extras included weekly bin collections, satellite TV connection, greenhouses, walk-in wardrobes and a strong 3G signal.