With recent reports warning that household bills are set to rise by £3,850 a year in January, millions are turning to generating their own renewable power. The figures show that the installation of solar panels in homes has risen to a seven-year high, with hundreds of thousands of families looking to reduce their reliance on the electricity grid and therefore expected to cut themselves off. fees.

With the demand for solar panels gaining momentum, industry experts are urging the Government to use the benefits of Brexit to eliminate bills for millions of households.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Shaun Spiers, executive director of the Green Alliance, said: “The Government has promised to deliver a ‘green Brexit’ when it leaves the EU.

“That means Britain is standing on its own two feet, using energy wisely and powered by wind and solar.

“Tackling climate change and lowering the cost of living must be priorities for whoever ends up in Number 10.

“But they go hand in hand with the UK’s energy independence. Our reliance on fossil fuels has been exposed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and homegrown renewables offer a way out.

“Green energy is a growth business, with the potential to create thousands of new jobs across the country.

“Demand for things like solar panels and home insulation will increase in the next few years, it’s important that businesses can meet this demand.”

A report last week by the Green Alliance urged the next Prime Minister to launch a raft of EU laws to end the severe energy crisis and create five times more jobs in the UK than in gas industry.

Meanwhile, advice website The Eco Experts estimates that although the initial installation of solar panels is relatively high, at £5,000 for a typical three-bedroom home, Britons could save an estimated £ 534 per year on this technology.

Marion Statham Anderson, an experienced solar salesperson who now works for Dual Fuel Solutions told Express.co.uk that even without the generous feed-in tariffs that boosted sales in the past, “now it’s common a no-brainer they get. solar – if the customer has the right roof and funds”.

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He noted that there is currently a “great desire” among the public to install solar panels, however, he urged the Government to do more, especially in the manufacturing environment.

He said: “It’s frustrating that there are supply-chain issues and my question is why can’t we invest in an industry to make solar panels at home? Everything is from China.

“Surely we have the nous and skills in this country to invest in the renewables industry so that we have our own solar panel manufacturers and a trained and well-paid set of electricians to install them?

“The country voted for Brexit to take back control, surely this is one of the benefits of Brexit – the chance to become world leaders in solar manufacturing?

“Indeed, the world will need more solar in the coming decades.”

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China is a major player in the global renewable electric generation industry, and accounts for two-thirds of solar module manufacturing capacity.

Experts warn that as Europe ends its reliance on oil and gas and turns to renewable energy, it could fall victim to the same reliance on China, unless it develops its own technologies.

Ms Anderson continued: “This is a real growth industry and I want to see the Government invest in it. It’s a great industry to be involved in and I’m proud to be working in it.

“The jobs are well paid and you’re also doing something positive for the environment as well as giving your customers long-term energy independence.

“In my opinion, building the solar industry in the UK has to be one of the easiest decisions the Government has to make.”

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