Solar Photovoltaics, or better known as Solar PV, is a form of renewable energy that is capable of converting light into electrical current. This electricity can power your home and work within the households..
How Solar PV Works
Solar PV panels convert sunlight into electricity. The PV panels are wired to an inverter which converts the generated electricity from Direct Current (DC) into usable Alternating Current (AC) for use in your home. The Solar PV system is connected to the electrics in your house and therefore to the National Grid. This means that any surplus electricity produced by the system that is not needed in your home can be exported back to the grid. Similarly when the system is not providing enough power for your home, you can import the amount you need back from the grid.
How Solar PV works
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Benefits of Solar PV
Installing Solar PV on your property has the following benefits:
- Reduces your energy bills for the future
- Reduces your carbon footprint
- Gives you a great return on your investment through the Government’s cash-back incentive
- Generates extra income through exporting electricity
- Protects you against future electricity price increases for the foreseeable future
- Increases the value of your home
Solar PV for my Home
The majority of UK homes are suitable for a Solar PV installation. All you need is an un-shaded roof space that faces within 90 degrees of south. To check your home is suitable we offer a site survey, free of charge to all of our customers. During the survey we take measurements, check the roof structure and inspect the electrics to ensure everything is suitable for your Solar PV installation.
There are several ways a Solar PV system can be installed on your home. The options available include:
- Solar tiles
- Flat-roof mounted
- Ground mounted
As Solar PV systems generate power using light from the sun, the performance of the system can be effected by the amount of light the photovoltaic cells receive. Shading across PV panels will naturally prevent some light reaching the PV cells. Even though panels have by-pass diodes fitted within them to minimise the effect of shading, a shaded panel can still mean that the output of the whole system is reduced.
Investing in Solar PV
You can now get a better rate of return on your savings by investing your money in a Solar PV system rather than putting it in the bank. The Government’s Feed-in Tariff entitles you to a guaranteed tax free income for generating your green electricity for 25 years.