So you want a yacht, it’s a perfectly natural desire. Lots of people dream of owning a yacht. At the same time, however, you care about the environment and you know that a yacht is a luxury, and maybe it’s not very good for the planet. Not that yachts are massive energy guzzlers of course, but still, it’s a consideration. Well, you need fear no more, because a solar yacht has now been developed.
This yacht, an Horizon SC46, is powered 100% by solar energy. It has 6kW worth of solar panels and highly efficient battery packs. It’s a 46 ft luxury yacht, with an electric stove, a fridge, entertainment system, shower and en-suite head. With solar energy providing for all of these things, you can cruise around safe in the knowledge that you are not harming the environment at all.
Of course if you have not already got solar panels installed on your roof, you might want to consider doing that before you get the yacht. Then again, if you’re in the market for a yacht this would be a good one to go for. Now is definitely the time to get involved in solar energy for your domestic energy needs though. Not only will you get the savings from a reduced electricity bill, but you will also get the full benefit of the government’s feed-in tariff scheme.
The feed-in tariff managed to avoid being cut during the recent spending review. However, it was stated that the incentive would likely be cut in the next spending review, in 2012. It may even be cut before that if certain conditions are met, although it was not revealed what those conditions are. Probably a large uptake of renewable energy sources however, which would make it too expensive a proposition to keep the feed-in tariff going at its current level. It really is important to make use of this at your residence as soon as possible therefore, as the tariff may be cut for new users at any time.
With the prices of traditional energy going up all the time, whatever form of solar energy you take up it will be of benefit. Sometimes there is an additional initial cost, as of course there is in the case of have PV cells installed on your roof. Over the longer term, however, solar energy inevitably ends up saving you money. The only question is whether you can afford the initial outlay, which may be difficult in these tough economic times, however in the future it will be worth it if you can.
The solar yacht is only the latest in a long line of technology designed with solar energy in mind, and there are new products coming out all the time. Soon it will probably be possible to get just about anything that is electrically powered from a purely solar energy source. So far we have solar toothbrushes coming out relatively soon (for which don’t even need toothpaste) and now we have the yacht, so it’s pretty much just a matter of getting everything else in between.