Half of Brits want solar, says Rexel research

81 percent of UK adults are concerned about rising energy bills with nearly half saying they would like to use rooftop solar as a way to mitigate them, consumer research commissioned by Rexel has revealed.

49 percent of those polled by YouGov who don’t already have solar panels say they would install them if they had the money to do so, or had financial support.

Cost remains the main barrier, however, with 38 percent of people put off by the upfront investment. Although the government offers incentives to generate electricity via the Feed-in Tariffs, 61 percent of Brits don’t know what these are.

“There is clearly a healthy appetite for on-roof solar energy in the UK but too few people know about the financial incentives and support available,” said Brian Smithers, strategic development director, Rexel.

“Rexel’s own Energeasy Solar platform allows you to calculate your energy generation and likely income, and identify reputable installers. We even compensate people if the generation falls below 90 percent of what is promised.

“Solar is not suitable for everyone, but if you don’t have the information, you can’t make that decision.”