Solar PV Panels

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Solar photovoltaics otherwise known as solar pv, absorbs radiation from the sun using photovoltaic cells. Contrary to popular belief pv cells do not need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate electricity on a cloudy overcast day. The pv cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run your appliances and lighting.

How does a solar pv system work?

Everyday light will hit the solar panels on your roof with photons (particles of sunlight). The solar panel converts those photons into electrons of direct current (DC) electricity. The electrons flow out of the solar panel and into your inverter and other safety devices. The inverter converts that DC power into alternating current (AC) power. AC power is the kind of electricity that your television, computer, and toasters use when plugged into the wall.

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A generation meter keeps track of the all the electricity your Solar PV system produces. Any electricity that you do not use will go back into the national grid through the meter. At night or on cloudy overcast days, when your system is not producing more than your home needs, you will consume electricity from the grid as normal. Your utility company will pay you for every KW your system produces and they will pay you extra on top for the electricity that goes back to the grid.

Can I have solar on my home?

Most homes can have solar pv installed on them but some homes are better suited than others. The first condition is that you must own the property that you would like to have the panels installed on. If you have a decent amount of roof space that is preferably south facing then your home may be suitable for solar panels.You can still have a solar pv system installed if your property does not face south however the system will not work to it’s maximum potential. Another thing to check for is shading. It is important that the suns light is not obstructed by other buildings or overhanging branches. Many causes of shade can be remedied by cutting back tree lines and relocating aerials and dishes etc.

What is the Feed in Tariff

The Feed In Tariff (FiT) offers guaranteed payments to homeowners who produce their own energy at home using renewable technologies such as solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

The FiT was launched in April 2010 to reward households and community groups who install their own electricity-generating ‘microgeneration’ technology with regular and guaranteed index linked payments from the government.

There are three saving elements to the feed in tariff.

  • Generation tariff – This is a payable to households for the total amount of electricity generated by their system, calculated per unit (KWh). The rate you’ll receive is determined by when you register to join the FIT scheme and what EPC rating your home receives.
  • Export tariff – This is payable on the units of electricity you export back to the national grid because you haven’t used them in your property. As there is no way of monitoring how much goes back to the grid, the level of electricity exported is currently calculated on a 50% assumption (called a ‘deemed export’).
  • Savings on your electricity bills – Because you will be generating some of your household electricity yourself, your energy bills will be lower. You can enhance your savings by trying to do more whilst the sun is shining like using your washing machine, dishwasher etc. If you’re not at home through the day a lot of modern day dishwashers & washing machines have a delay option so that you can set them to turn on while you are away from your home.

There has never been a better time to invest in Solar PV to save substantial money on your bills.
You could then also re-invest in further solutions to save you even more money such as led lighting, solar thermal or an air source heat pump.

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The Benefits of solar pv:-

  • One of the most attractive paybacks available anywhere
  • FiT Government Backed Scheme
  • Payments are Index Linked
  • It offers a Tax Free income
  • 10 Year Guarantee on the panels


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