Solar energy is one of the easiest sources of renewable energy to install. Radiant light and heat from the sun is harnessed through Solar Photovoltaic (PV) modules for the production of electricity. Although more electricity is produced on sunny days, modules work on overcast days too, even when not south facing. With little to no moving parts, Solar PV requires minimal maintenance, is extremely reliable and offers a sound return on investment.
How do you save and earn?
- The electricity produced by the modules can be used thus reducing energy bills.
A Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) is paid by the energy company for each kWh of electricity generated - monitored by a generation meter.
Surplus energy not used by the household is sold back to the grid. For installations under 30kW, fuel suppliers deem this to be 50% of the total energy produced.
Did you know?
- You can earn a tax free income, index linked for 20 years when you install solar PV panels in your home. This could give you a 10%-12% return on investment. Currently, the FIT will pay you 14.9p on a 4kW, 13.5p for 4-10kW and 12.57p for 10-50kW.
- As a member of RECC, your money is totally protected under their deposit and advance payment protection scheme. We also provide a 24 month workmanship warranty on all our installations.
- A quality PV system will generate electricity for over 25 years. Any roof mounted system will require structural integrity for the life time of the panel, around 40 years. We can arrange a full structural survey for you.
- Most solar panel installations do not require planning permission and fall within permitted development rights. If your property is listed or within a conservation area we will guide you through any planning application required.
- We recommend choosing panels made from A grade cells (with a comprehensive warranty), from a company that can demonstrate an established track record in the industry. In the present climate it is important to ensure that the panel manufacturer is unlikely to cease trading, thereby invalidating your warranty.
Solar hot water systems, Solar Thermal, use sunlight to heat water. The most common types of solar water heaters are evacuated tubes and flat plate collectors. The liquid within the collector is heated up and this is pumped through a coil in the water cylinder, which in turn heats up the water in the cylinder. The heat produced can also be stored in a thermal store such as a well-insulated hot water tank and needn’t be used immediately.
Did you know?
- Up to 70% of annual domestic hot water requirements can be supplied by solar thermal collectors.
- Once installed your system will operate with a minimum of maintenance and should produce energy for at least 20 years. Your hot water cylinder may need to be changed as a solar coil will be required.
- Through the government Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, your panels will be eligible for payments. Commercially it is available now, and expected to be running domestically by spring 2014. Until the end of March 2014 you may be eligible for a one off grant to help towards the cost of your domestic installation under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme (RHPP)
- Your installation will reduce the use of other fossil fuels thereby saving money and reducing your carbon emissions.
- Most Solar Thermal installations do not require planning permission as they fall within permitted development rights. If your property is listed or within a conservation area we will guide you through any planning application required.
- Solar Thermal is increasingly seen as part of an integrated energy solution in combination with other renewable technologies such as Solar PV or Biomass.