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Solar PV panels consist of cells that convert sunlight into electricity, which can be used as energy to power lighting and other electrical appliances
Climate change is not only a massive threat to the global environment but also perhaps the greatest economic challenge in the 21st century. The UK is the first country in the world to make a legally binding commitment on cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. The UK has also pledged to ensure at least 15% of its energy comes from renewable sources by 2020. To achieve this goal, Solar PV will play an important role.
Solar panels don’t need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day.
What are the benefits of installing Solar Panels on my roof?
- CUT YOUR ELECTRICITY BILLS: Sunlight is FREE, so once you have paid for the initial installation your electricity costs will be greatly reduced.
- GET PAID FOR THE ELECTRICITY YOU GENERATE: The Governments Feed-in-Tariff pays you for every kW of electricity you generate, even if you use it.
- EXTRA PAYMENT FOR ELECTRICITY SENT BACK TO THE GRID: The Feed-in-Tariff also pays you per kW of electricity that is sent back to the grid. (this is normally 50% of the amount generated).
- CUT YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT: Solar electricity is green, renewable energy and does not release any harmful carbon dioxide. A typical home with Solar PV could save over a tonne of carbon dioxide per year!
How They Work
Each solar PV cell is made from one or two layers of semiconducting material, that create an electric field upon being hit by solar radiation.
Individual cells connected together form panels, which when linked to form a system produce a substantial amount of direct current (DC) electricity. An inverter is used to convert the DC to alternating current (AC) or mains equivalent electricity which can be used to power lighting and appliances.
The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced. The power is measured in kilowatts peak (kWp). This is the rate at which the panels generate energy at peak performance.
Systems that are connected to a grid can export excess electricity back to the grid. Solar PV cells will still produce electricity even during winter or on a cloudy day because there is always a silver lining behind the clouds!
Being a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited installer, solar PV installations by the company qualify to receive the governments Feed in Tariff.
The installations as a result, not only provide a renewable source of electricity, but in addition generate multiple streams of tax free income and cut energy bills for the homeowner.
Renewable Energy Prices (inc. VAT)
- ASHP (Heat Pump) Service: £132
- GSHP (Ground Source) Service: £144
- Solar PV Service: £126
- Solar Thermal Service: £144
- ASHP & GSHP Service: £72
- Unvented Service: £60
- Renewable Callout – 1st Hour: £102
- Renewable Callout – 2nd Hour: £66
Costs & Savings
The average domestic Solar PV system is 4kWp and our average cost to supply and install a 4kWp system is £5000 including 5% VAT. This would provide you with an average projected return of £25,000 over 20 years.
To find out how much YOUR home could make you, contact us today on 01782 562038.
Is my home Suitable for Solar PV?
As long as you own your own home, have a roof that faces in a southerly direction and your electricity supply is metered then your home will be suitable for the installation of Solar PV Panels.
If you live in a flat your home may still be suitable for Solar PV. If your home is a listed building or you live in a conservation area you may require permission to install Solar PV. Contact us for more information.
In order to make sure Solar Panels operate to their maximum performance we recommend that they are cleaned at least twice a year and offer contracts quarterly and monthly as well as one off cleaning. Please see our Solar Care & Maintenance page for more information.
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