The View from the CEO

Eco2solar founder and CEO adds his comments on the state of the market. You can read all of his thoughts so far on the page below.

As you will see he airs his views on construction, solar energy and associated technologies such as battery storage.

But, as I am sure you will have spotted he sometimes strays into the areas or general business and Politics.

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It’s been a challenging year for all of us, but for those who have lost their jobs, are struggling to buy food or are facing homelessness, 2020 has been unimaginably hard. In the absence of our usua…

18th December 2020

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A new dawn for UK solar

Eco2Solar have officially installed the most solar PV installations from Solar Trade Association (STA) members this year, according to the Association’s 2020 Impact Report – a fantastic achievemen…

14th December 2020

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Eco2Solar reaches record carbon offset figures

  When Paul Hutchens first formed Eco2Solar to install solar energy, he had a vision to help combat the effects of climate change by making solar standard on all homes. At the end of the first ye…

16th November 2020

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The most desirable property features right now

  In this month’s series, we’ve explored how the pandemic is influencing what people want from a home. Today, we look at the property features homeowners value the most. In our poll of over 2…

19th October 2020

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Has the pandemic made Brits want to move house?

The pandemic has changed our mindset around so many parts of our everyday lives. We’re working from home more, travelling less and taking more care of our health than ever before. One of the areas m…

5th October 2020

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Increasing the use of solar energy in homes

Our latest research into public actions around climate change explored current adoption levels and general perception about solar technology. 16% of respondents said had solar PV installed on their ho…

20th May 2020

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Safety on building sites is critical; the last thing any housebuilder needs is an accident. But when construction requires working at heights – whether for wiring, roofing or solar panel install…

27th November 2019

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The various teams within a housebuilder or developer are all working towards the same goal, but each have different objectives, targets and focus points. Commercial and technical The commercial team w…

20th November 2019

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Reliability is an interesting topic when it comes to construction; the process can often be quite bitty and disjointed because there are so many subcontractors on site doing so many different things. …

6th November 2019

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Brexit may have delayed the release of new building regulations, but our construction future is only heading in one direction; renewable electricity and smart technologies.   The solar future Sol…

22nd October 2019

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Eco2 Solar Building a sustainable future


The gradual culture shift towards a cleaner, greener future is impacting on every sector at every level, but housebuilders in particular will have a significant role to play in reshaping what a sustai…

29th August 2019

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When we consider the future of energy, we’re moving towards more vehicles powered by electricity rather than fossil fuels, and more electric heating rather than gas, so it’s clear that we’re goi…

23rd August 2019

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In our latest blog series, we’ve been exploring how the government’s new Smart Export Guarantee might work. Whilst we know the guarantee will mean that solar panel owners can export surplus energy…

15th August 2019

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Over the past decade, our use of electricity has become much less predictable. We have a lot more devices but they’re more energy efficient. Our homes are better insulated. And today, we have more h…

26th July 2019

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The future of energy distribution

We are on the cusp of change and decisions on ‘who charges who, and what’ are a matter of significant ongoing discussion. ‘Charging Futures’ is a programme coordinating the reform of electrici…

8th May 2019

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Energy distribution and fuel poverty

It could be argued that only the homeowners at the upper end of the social spectrum, and big businesses have the resources to choose renewable technologies. Often the less well-off, and smaller busine…

17th April 2019

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What happens with our surplus energy?

In the UK, with our current centralised energy distribution system, consumers must pay a cost per unit (known as kilowatt hours or kWh) along with the costs associated with the production and distribu…

27th March 2019

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Benefits to customers

  The recent influx of smaller energy companies is disrupting the market. There are now 60+ energy suppliers in the UK market – a fourfold increase compared to a decade ago. These energy provid…

6th February 2019

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Solar, smart technology and storage

  In 2017, the National Grid warned that by 2030, electric cars could require 3.5-8GW of additional capacity, on top of the current peak demand of 60GW. Another estimate suggests that if one in t…

10th January 2019

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The energy gap?

To date, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reports that demand for electricity has been pretty constant. In the 25 October[1] report detailing availability and consumption of electricity, ONS no…

1st January 2019

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Shifts to electrification

  Shifts towards total electrification can be seen across buildings and transport, and this movement is gaining pace. Looking first at buildings – the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy r…

3rd December 2018

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National Government Must Step Up with Solar

  Solar Installation and Brexit Solar is an essential pillar in the future of decarbonising British electricity, and there are some symbolic movements happening throughout the UK supporting green…

1st November 2018

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Pockets of Solar Excellence in Scotland

  The standardisation of solar in different regions of the UK varies significantly. Local authorities are working to towards different regional targets, meaning very different outputs. Scotland h…

15th October 2018

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Eco2Solar Response to IPCC Report

The findings in the recently published Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report come as little surprise to anyone working in the renewable energy sector. The report, released 8 October,…

11th October 2018

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Eco2Solar and Fire Safety

Safety and security are of utmost importance to Eco2Solar, and our solar installation systems meet the highest possible fire safety standards. The systems that Eco2Solar install have achieved the high…

1st October 2018

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Changing Perceptions of Solar

  Demystifying Solar Installation Housebuilders’ choice to install solar on new builds is often driven by local government legislation. However, changes in public attitudes towards the technolo…

1st October 2018

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Record-Breaking Solar Output

  Something quite extraordinary happened on the afternoon of 30 June this year. For one hour, solar energy, all but briefly, overtook gas as the UK’s top power source. And that’s not the …

13th September 2018

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Remaining Sustainable

Solar is very much a “fit and forget” technology – it is extremely reliable with virtually no maintenance or snagging issues, and as we continue to invest in product development, the longevity o…

15th August 2018

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Simplifying Solar

Domestic and international demand for solar is growing. In 2017, the International Energy Agency announced that solar power was the fastest-growing source of new energy worldwide, outstripping the gro…

1st August 2018

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Solar in the International Context

National policies and local government targets all impact how housebuilders adopt and respond to renewable technologies. However, local government and housebuilders are also looking at the internation…

15th July 2018

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Eco2Solar offgrid solutions

Innovating with Housebuilders

We are continuously responding to the changing needs of housebuilders and are always looking at how we can improve our solutions. One new solution on offer is our Eco2Offgrid system. This is a hybrid …

3rd July 2018

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The Pitfalls Housebuilders Should Avoid

We often see housebuilders encounter the same pitfalls when installing solar PV across their sites. The biggest of these happens when developers choose to install solar PV through mechanical and elect…

20th March 2018

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Meeting New Build Energy Targets

Housebuilders have regional targets to meet on each new development, which specify how much energy site-wide should come from renewables. So what are the best energy-saving options for housebuilders a…

12th March 2018

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Frugal Innovation in Housebuilding

Housebuilders face a number of challenges in getting a new development off the ground; securing the right land at the right price, obtaining planning permission, making sure planning requirements are …

5th March 2018

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Settling Into Our Bright New Home

We began 2018 in our wonderful new offices, just across the road from our existing facility on Hoo Farm Industrial Estate, and we’re starting to feel very settled! The move is part of a 12-month per…

26th February 2018

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Using Technology to Live More Sustainably

In the previous post in this series, we began to break down the barriers to becoming more self-sufficient as individuals, so now I’d like to share with you some examples of what that might look like…

28th October 2017

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Creating Sustainability in a Sharing Economy

In the previous post in this series, we looked at the role of the government, the local councils and us as consumers in creating a more sustainable future, so let’s now look at how close we are to b…

18th October 2017

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The Global Landscape of Energy Production

Every minute of every day, five thousand times as much energy as we need hits the earth in the form of solar energy. That surplus isn’t going anywhere; it just gets absorbed into buildings, into the…

2nd October 2017

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How sustainable is your home?

With the uncertainty around Brexit and the current instability around energy production, it will become increasingly up to us as individuals to become more self-sufficient in our homes and lifestyles.…

1st October 2017

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Not about Trump

It is no surprise to any of us here in the UK that there’s a crisis in housing. Whole generations face the prospect of never being able to own their own home. Not enough houses are being built and t…

10th November 2016

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Sun or Wind

UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has confirmed the Conservative Party’s controversial plans to stop subsidies for onshore wind farms, claiming it is top of her agenda at the Department for Energy …

23rd May 2015

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$10m a minute

Would you believe it – $10m every minute is the amount that fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies EVERY minute of every day – equating to $5.3tn (£3.4tn) a year, according t…

21st May 2015

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Does solar add value?

Although I have been working in the solar industry for 8 years now – which makes me a veteran in this new world – there does not appear to have been a proper empirical, data based study on the val…

19th May 2015

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Maybe the greenest government ever (MK 2)?,

Bit of a sigh of relief from across the green business community as Amber Rudd is confirmed as the Energy and Climate Change Secretary. It is not simply just reward for an able politician who has just…

16th May 2015

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Could the lights go out,

Avoiding a power blackout will be one of the first priorities for whoever forms the next UK government, Simon Virley, UK chair of energy and natural resources at KPMG has suggested. Ahead of the elect…

14th May 2015

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Housing Standards review

I promised to keep you updated with the latest legislation and regulations, so here goes – although I cannot promise it will be the most riveting email I have written! There were a series of governm…

12th May 2015

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Exponential thinking

If there is to be enough energy in the future, we must change our thinking on energy supply! Governments will probably not provide the answer. We need to put aside our linear thinking and start thinki…

9th May 2015

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Fictitious energy drink goes on sale,

A group of Berlin art directors have launched a digital campaign promoting a fake energy drink sourced from the Japanese nuclear site to highlight its ongoing water contamination problem. Four years o…

7th May 2015

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Escape to sustainable “wild” Tuscany

Toscana Resort Castelfalfi is an 800-year old medieval hamlet in Tuscany lovingly being restored and developed to welcome visitors by its present owner, TUI AG, the world’s biggest tourism company. …

5th May 2015

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Driverless cars

It appears that the government wants the UK to become a world leader in driverless technology and will publish a code of practice which will allow the testing of autonomous cars to go ahead. Self-driv…

2nd May 2015

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Politicians at risk of losing out

Following our theme of talking about politicians (is there an election coming up by any chance?), MPs’ pension fund is at risk from fossil fuel investments, Green MP Caroline Lucas warns. The £487 …

30th April 2015

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UK political party leaders agree!

Hi David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg signed a cross-party pledge to tackle climate change in February this year. The agreement includes commitments to an internationally binding deal at Paris …

25th April 2015

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Homes of straw

Straw houses will no longer be the preserve of little pigs and self-builders this week, as the first straw houses offered on the open market go on sale. But these homes won’t be blown away and could…

23rd April 2015

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