The Benefits of Solar Panels
Solar panels take advantage of a powerful yet free energy source - the sun. In a single hour, the sun transmits more energy to the earth's surface than the world uses in a year.
You can make use of this free source of energy to generate electricity and hot water for your home or business.
Reduce Your Energy Bills
With fuel bills rising year-on-year, there's never been a better time to take control of your home or business energy provision. Furthermore, installation costs have dropped significantly in recent years, making solar panels a viable option.
Make Money With The Feed-In-Tariff
PV Solar Panels allow you to earn money from the government's feed-in-tariff. The system is simple; surplus energy produced by your solar panels can be sold back to the grid earning you money. Talk to one of our advisors for more information.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
By generating your own electricity and producing your own hot water, you're reducing your reliance on fossil fuels which are both bad for the environment and becoming scarce.
Add Value To Your Home
Installing solar penls has the added benefit of making your home more attractive to prospective buyers, making it easier to attract a premium when you sell.
If your home or business is in a remote location, you may find solar energy and cheaper alternative than paying to be connected!
How Do Solar Panels Work?
There are two main types of solar panels. While they might look similar, and both consist of panels on your roof, solar water heating and solar PV are quite different.
This video gives an insight into how solar PV panels work.
Solar PV and Solar Hot Water Panels Explained
Solar PV Panels take the light energy from the sun and convert it into electricity for use in your home or business and/or export onto the grid.
Solar panels are made of a thin layer of semi-conducting material between a sheet of glass and a polymer resin. When exposed to daylight, the semi-conducting material becomes 'energised' and this produces electricity.
The are four basic types of PV panel: monocrystalline, polycrystalline, hybrid and amorphous silicon. All are made from silicon, but differ in the way the silicon is cut and treated.
Solar Water Heating Panels take the light and heat energy from the sun to heat water for use in your heating system as well as hot water supply.
Solar Panels Cost
What is the cost of solar panels?
Solar PV Panels Cost
Free electricity - solar power system from as little as £5,000
Prices for solar PV systems vary depending on the size and type of the system, as well as the structure of the building where the panels will be installed.
An average PV system of 4kWp (kilowatt peak) costs about £5,000 to £8,000, with solar tiles working out more expensive than conventional solar panels.
The more electricity the system can generate, the higher the savings – but the bigger the initial cost. In addition to the savings on your bill, you'll get paid under the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme for generating your own electricity.
Solar Thermal Panels Cost
Free hot water - solar thermal systems from £3,000
Solar water heating panels typically cost between £3,000 and £5,000, and will potentially save you between £65 and £125 a year on water heating costs. There are bigger savings to be made if you're currently using LPG (liquid petroleum gas) to heat your water.
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government scheme that pays consumers for generating heat by using renewable energy. But in order to qualify for the RHI, your home will need to meet minimum energy-efficiency standards.
Solar Panels Suitability
Is your home or business suitable for solar power?
Things to consider before installing solar panels
Solar panels are worth considering if you have a mainly south-facing roof with little or no shade, and you aren't thinking of moving home in the near future.
Although a south-facing roof would yield the best power output, a southwest or southeast-facing roof should also be fine - but you'd get less power out of the system.
How much energy you could produce with solar panels - and therefore how much money you could make - will depend on:
If the solar panels are to be installed on your roof, it's likely that you're going to need scaffolding erected for the installation. Make sure you check with the surveyor that there is space to install scaffolding and that the quote includes the cost of it.
Once the scaffolding is up, the panels could be installed in less than a day. Roofers will attach the fixing brackets onto the rafters of your roof - this is why a proper surveyor should go into your loft to check the integrity of the roof and the rafters. The solar panels will then be clamped onto the fixing brackets.
A solar water heating system involves solar panels, pipe work, a thermostat and a hot water cylinder.
You can add solar water heating panels to most existing hot water systems, although you'll usually need to add an additional cylinder for pre-heated water, or change your existing cylinder for one with a twin coil. Speak to your supplier for further details.
Solar Panels for Home and Business
Generate electricity and hot water for your home or business.
Solar Power For Your Home
If you've got a roof with a southerly aspect, you could be generating a significant amount of your energy requirements.
Solar Power For You Company
Businesses have a significant reliance on energy. Reduce the impact on your bottom line with a solar solution.
Generate Solar Power On Your Land
Install solar PV panels on your land to generate an income generating electricity.
Best Solar Panels
What are the different types of solar panels?
Best Solar PV Panels
PV panels will differ in efficiency (how much of the sun's energy is used by the system per unit area) and in price.
So, when deciding which type of solar cells to go for, it's best to look at cost per watt (£/W) of power output. You can do this by dividing the total cost of the solar system you are being quoted for by the total power output of the system.
Best Solar Thermal Panels
There are two main types of solar water heating panels – flat plate and evacuated tubes (referring to the way in which water interacts with the panel). Evacuated tubes are more efficient than flat-plate versions, so are often smaller but generate equal amounts of hot water.
There are also drainback systems. These drain water from inside the solar panel when the pump is switched off to prevent water freezing or boiling inside the solar panel.
Further Facts & Information
Solar PV Panels Advantages & Disadvantages
Advantages of solar PV
Disadvantages of solar PV
Solar Thermal Panels Advantages & Disadvantages
Advantages of solar water heating systems
Disadvantages of solar water heating systems