Liz MacFarlane, Zenex Solar, contemplates TV stardom and the frenetic pace of the solar sector
The world of renewables is a fast-paced, crazy one. There’s no point getting too settled with anything; and writing a business plan feels like herding chickens. Just as you’ve focussed on one target, the goal changes for everyone and the horizon shifts.
I’m always amazed by how all-consuming it all is, particularly if like me, other members of your family are involved. And on a weekend, I’ve just about acclimatised to discussion that doesn’t involve the pros and cons of various mounting kits, when low and behold it’s Monday. Try combining that with life as a single mum of three and….well, let’s just say, I don’t watch much TV these days.
So, you can imagine my thoughts when I received an invitation from a TV production company to take part in a documentary about Zenex Solar and studying me and my family as we swap lives with a family at the ‘other end of the scale’. Yes, there were initially feelings of horror when I realised they didn’t mean I’d get the life of Richard Branson. But then we all got a bit excited….. my sons about how they might end up with a ‘Meet The Osbournes’ fame, me about jumping off the solar treadmill for a week, forgetting about the mortgage and the Feed-in Tariff and moving in to a two-bedroom terrace in Bradford. I think my poor counterpart would demand a return to her more basic existence after two days delivering the needs of our UK solar market.
So have I agreed? I might, if I had the time to phone the production company and ask why they weren’t interested in getting me on ‘The Voice’ (If you’ve heard me sing, you’ll know I’m being ironic). I might, once I’ve got Ecobuild out of the way, if only to show others just what an exciting, growing and ambitious industry this is.