It is a beautiful summer's day, the school holidays have started, public transport is fractionally less overcrowded that usual, and up and down the country solar panels are feeding power into the grid, so let's all try to look on the bright side.
The government may have slashed the level of support for large solar installations from today, effectively ending solar farm development in this country for the next few years. Moreover, the repeated mishandling of the solar feed-in tariff by ministers and officials, which culminated last week in yet another admission from the Department of Energy and Climate Change that an important loophole had been missed and now needed closing, appears to have dealt a crippling blow to investor confidence right across the renewables sector.
But while the long-running saga has no doubt done significant harm to the solar sector it has, somewhat counter intuitively, also highlighted many of the strengths of the UK's renewable industry.
Most notably, the 1 August deadline imposed by the government's decision to cut feed-in tariff incentives for solar installations with over 50kW of capacity by between 40 and 70 per cent has demonstrated the breakneck speed with which new solar farms and large rooftop installations can be successfully completed.
At the same time as energy giant EDF has been forced to admit that plans for its latest nuclear power plant are years behind schedule and well over budget, the UK's solar developers have shown that solar technology can be rolled out at significant scale in a matter of weeks not months.
By our back-of-a-fag-packet calculations, the combination of a couple of 5MW solar farms and 10 to 15 slightly smaller installations means somewhere in the region of 30MW of solar power has been added in the past month as developers rush to meet the deadline. That increase in capacity is in addition to a further 34MW or so of solar capacity that has come online since the surprise review of large solar projects was announced in April.
Ministers will surely point to these figures as evidence that a solar gold rush was indeed underway, arguing that they were right to face down their many critics and curb incentives before the pot of feed-in tariff funds ran dry.
But it also amply demonstrates that, with the right incentive framework in place, it is renewable energy infrastructure that can be implemented at the greatest pace. While new clean coal, carbon capture and storage, and nuclear power plants will take years if not decades to be completed, there is growing evidence that solar and to a lesser extent wind energy projects can be delivered in anything from a couple of months to a couple of years.
Given the unbending urgency with which we have to build a low carbon economy it is an advantage that should not be ignored.
Had the government been able to deliver a compromise where feed-in tariffs were reduced but set at a level where some solar farms could still move forward, new zero emission energy capacity could have continued to be added at a speedy clip.
More significantly, as the government now begins work on next year's full review of the feed-in tariff incentive regime, the solar sector has demonstrated that as the cost of solar energy continues to fall there is the potential for the right incentive regime to engineer a genuinely rapid increase in renewable energy capacity.
Similarly, the recent solar gold rush has demonstrated that, with the right policy framework in place, investors will pump money into low carbon infrastructure. Again, the government could argue that these investors were simply trying to cash in on an over generous subsidy.
But while there is now a general acceptance that the incentives were on the charitable side, there is also ample evidence to suggest that even more modest incentives can attract deep pocketed investors and community groups to support an emerging green technology.
Meanwhile, as the row over support for solar farms has raged, the rooftop solar sector has continued to prosper, new figures showing that installations for the second quarter of this year topped 14,000, a year-on-year increase of 432 per cent.
Despite what looked like the government's best efforts to kill off the solar sector, there are still plenty of reasons for developers and investors to be optimistic about the future.
Of course, there is a degree of straw-clutching in this upbeat assessment. The government's mishandling of the whole feed-in tariff review has undoubtedly done more harm than good, and it remains staggering that a time when other countries' solar industries are booming the UK has effectively called a halt to solar farm development.
Regardless of the unsustainable cost implications of the previous incentive levels, it is impossible to believe that a more effective compromise agreement between government and industry could not be reached.
The UK's large scale industry may have been forced into a period of extended hiatus, but the speed, vitality, management skill and investor confidence that developers have displayed in beating the government's deadline has only served to underline the solar sector's enormous untapped potential.
Should a future government ever rethink the marginal role that the coalition has obviously reserved for solar, this first wave of developers has demonstrated that new capacity can be built at a rate of knots.
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