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New research by Puragen, which advises on installation and maintenance of renewable technologies, says consumers are ‘apprehensive’ to pay out in case they don’t ‘live long enough to reap solar rewards’.

The survey of 2,000 consumers found just under a third (29%) believe a distinct lack of information holds them back from embracing renewables.

While 13% say the installation process would cause too much inconvenience and also admit not understanding the subject at all.

Puragen spokeman, Jeremy Malindine, said: “Investing in solar panels does involve an initial investment.

“As energy bills continue to rise, renewables provide an attractive alternative for hard-pressed homeowners looking to generate savings on their energy bills over the longer term.”

Luke Walsh

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