It’s no secret that the solar industry in the UK has faced problems with cowboys.
The feeding frenzy caused by the launch of the feed-in tariff left the door open for less-than-scrupulous businesses to wade into solar in the hope of making a quick buck. Uneducated customers looking to take advantage of a generous feed-in tariff rate made for easy prey and many took advantage.
The catastrophic handling of feed-in tariff revisions may have had one beneficial effect: most cowboy installers have ridden onto pastures new.
However, while the majority have left, the legacy of these cowboys still risks giving the industry a bad name.
A cursory glance at Martin’s photo blog will show you just how bad some installations in the UK are.
What’s the solution?
In its embryonic stages of the UK solar industry it seemed that many were quick to dismiss poor installations as a symptom of ignorance. There was still a huge knowledge gap as installers who joined during the launch of the feed-in tariff learned the subtleties of the trade.
The best way to weed out solar cowboys is to celebrate best practice