I’ve had no time to complete a big new blog post, so here’s a quick collection of photos of solar panels on period homes.
Why? Because I really like the idea of this new technology blended with lovely older homes.
The announcement of the Yallourn power station closure being brought forward to 2028 is a reminder that renewable energy is slowly taking over, despite the inaction from the Federal Government. Green generation is getting cheaper, and so are the big batteries that make it reliable/dispatchable.
I’d love to see this happen faster, but at least it’s happening. The dinosaurs wanting to keep burning coal are out of luck – simple economics is taking over – and the proliferation of domestic solar panels is a sign of this. Of course governments need to make sure that the affected workforce can transition smoothly too.
This one I particularly love. This would be what, 1880s? I love this style of architecture.
Do solar panels spoil the look? They change the look, but I personally don’t think they spoil it – especially as panels mostly don’t change the profile of the roof.
In some areas, heritage overlays can mean that panels and various other features such as rain water tanks and electric car charging stations can’t be visible from the street or from a public park – or at least require a planning permit.
I suppose protecting heritage buildings is important, but it’s a little unclear to me if they apply the same restrictions for TV antennas and air conditioners.
In any case, there’s any number of period homes without heritage protection.
I’m no architecture expert, but it seems to me that if older homes are able to adapt to changing technology and meet modern 21st century requirements, then that means they’ll still be able to be used, and will still be around. And that’s a good thing.