Solar PV (photovoltaic) is currently the most popular and cost-effective way to enhance the energy rating on your home and help reduce the rising electricity bills arriving at every home in the country.
Monocrystalline are the most efficient panels to install currently and panels always come with a 2- part warranty. Performance and Product.
What is Solar PV?
Solar PV panels capture the light from the sun and covert it to electricity to be used in the home or business. The cells don’t need direct sunlight to work and can even work on cloudy days. However, the stronger the sunshine, the more electricity generated. During daylight hours, you’ll be generating electricity even on cloudy days, but if you’re using more power around your home than your panels are generating, or during the evening when your panels are not generating any electricity, you’ll be supplementing this by importing electricity from the grid. Reducing your electricity use can help lower your bills and reduce your carbon footprint. If you’re claiming a smart export tariff, you’ll receive a payment for every unit of electricity you export. Remember to turn devices off and avoid standby.
The panels are made up of layers of silicone and a series of photovoltaic cells. Solar is a versatile renewable energy in the way it can be positioned on roofs of any angle, on the ground and on walls. Solar PV panels are considered ‘permitted developments’ and often don’t require planning permission. However, exceptions apply and it’s best to check with your local planning office for guidance. If you live in a listed building, conservation area or national park, additional restrictions may apply. Ground Mounted systems are very popular when it comes to listed buildings as they can be situated in field’s close the property or around the garden, see below images:
If you’re planning to install a solar PV system in your home, you must register it with your Distribution Network Operator (DNO) or G98/99 (National Grid Generation). The DNO/G99 is the company responsible for bringing electricity to your home. Your installer will register the device for you.
The benefits to Solar PV.
Reduce your bills immediately and cut your carbon footprint.
For businesses, both these reasons should make Solar an easy decision and with an average ROI (return on investment) of 2-3yrs and the ability to right off 100% tax, it really is a no brainer.
I had solar installed on my own house on the 24th March 2023. I had 18, 400-watt panels fitted on the Southeast roof and the Southwest roof. Since then, I have produced 1,973.9kW (kilowatts) which is £730 based on 37p per unit charge. I have utilised the power further with the addition of a 10kW battery which has catered for 42.2% of the power used and I have exported 831.2kW back to the grid for which I receive an annual payment. Based on the 17.66p paid for export I am expecting £147 to date. I utilise the system on bright days if I’m at home working or by setting timers on my appliances and limit my usage on dark dull days if using base appliances like the washing machine, tumble dryer, dish washer aren’t essential.