Some new houses are being built on Railway Road, Teddington, at the back of my home on Church Road. The houses are being built on a site which used to house garages, which themselves were put there in the place of houses destroyed by bombs in World War II. Searching on line I found this photograph which shows houses around 5 doors down from the bomb/building site. So much for the local history.
What I actually wanted to comment on was the fact these not very luxurious houses ALL have large expanses of solar panels built in.
Now these panels face west and this is not a superb site for solar panels. But I just wanted to comment on the fact that it is now part of normal building practice to put solar panels on new houses. Fifty years ago, when solar panels were developed for spacecraft, only a zealot or a visionary would have suggested that this would become the orthodoxy. But it has, and we are living in that future now – where people build solar panels into modest houses in Teddington. And I mention this just to reinforce my faith that things do change. And that the world tomorrow can be different and better than the world today. And who knows what will become the orthodoxy in 50 years from now?