PV solar panels and solar heating systems are commonly confused with each other, which is perhaps understandable given that both can be described as ‘solar power’.
Photovoltaic (PV) panels can be mounted on a roof or ground mounted. Ideally the roof will be south facing, or near to at an angle of 30 degrees with the horizontal for optimum performance. The panels produce DC electricity, so a small inverter will be fitted inside the house, to change the DC into AC. A wall mounted display unit will allow you to check on performance and usage of your system.
Feed in tariffs scheme (FITS) are a generous 21p per Kwh. But be aware that the new feed-in prices can be reduced or degressed as take up is increased by more and more homeowners, so it will be more beneficial to install sooner than later.
Benefits of PV solar panels
The electricity you create can be used by you, cutting the amount you have to buy from your supplier.
For every unit (KWh) of electricity you create you get paid up to 21.3p/KWh, regardless of whether you use it or not (Government Feed In Tariff FITs).
Cut your Carbon Footprint:
Solar electricity is green, renewable energy and doesn’t release any harmful Carbon Dioxide (CO2) or other pollutants as well as producing ZERO greenhouse gases. It also uses no finite fossil fuel resources. A typical home PV system could save around 1 tonne of CO2 per year – that’s around 25 tonnes over its lifetime
- Your own clean, independent renewable power source.
- Can reduce your electricity bills by up to 100%, depending on your energy. consumption rate and size of system purchased.
- Surplus sold back to the National Grid at good rates.
- Increases the value of your property.
- No maintenance, with a long functional lifetime of 30+ years. PV solar installed in the 1960′s is still working.
- Silent and constant in operation.
- No planning permission needed in most cases.
- Works all year round.