I had a call today from EDF. Apparently, if I install photovoltaics on my roof, EDF will buy the energy from me at 60 cents per kWh. Wow! That's thirty times what normal producers can charge on the open market (about 2 cents). The PV panels come with a 50% installation subsidy, a 25 year guarantee and a 8 year purchase price guarantee.
As it happens, I have a bloody irritating street lamp right outside my bedroom window. It's on all night but it's the ordinary sodium type.
My question is, Dr North (and others): Am I mad for not climbing on board this rackety bandwagon and signing up for these PV panels today?
It is too good to last - the scheme will end up costing so much that goverments will eventually be forced to rein back and cut the subsidy. People who have "invested" will be left out to dry. Unless, of course, you are one of those people who trust governments and believe this could never happen!
Thanks for you advice. I should mention the roof near the street light does face south so it might make a bit of energy on a sunny day when I don't need the heating on anyway. To the poster concerned about my conscience or my immortal soul, be reassured: I may have missed the boat anyway because I benefited from another green wheeze too recently for me to qualify for this one. Oh the joys of France. The culture, the food, the 5,000 meddlesome tax breaks!