Solar P.V – Advice & Install of Rooftop Solar Panels
We at Futureplumb are incredibly eco-friendly and are determined to help reduce the country’s carbon footprint. That’s why every service we offer will always be as energy – efficient as possible. And of course one way to generate cheap, green electricity is from sunlight, using solar panels.
Solar panel electricity systems, also known as solar photovolatics (PV) capture the sun’s energy using photovolatic cells. These cells don’t need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate electricity on cloudy days. These cells convert sunlight into electricity which can be used to run household lighting and appliances. Most PV systems are made up of panels that fit on top of an existing roof, but you can also fit solar tiles.
The benefits of solar electricity:
- Cut your electricity bills: sunlight is free, and once you’ve paid for the installation, your electricity costs will dramatically reduce.
- You can get paid for the electricity you generate because of the government’s Feed- In Tariff.
- If you are producing more electricity then you need, or when you can’t use it, you can sell the surplus back to the grid.
- You can cut your carbon footprint and the country’s massively – solar electricity is completely green, renewable energy and doesn’t release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants. A typical home solar PV system could save over a tonne of carbon dioxide per year – that’s more than 30 tonnes over its lifetime.
The average domestic solar PV system is 4kWp and on average costs between £6,000 and £7,400. Costs have fallen significantly over the last year. Prices vary between installers and products, so we recommend getting quotes from at least installers.
However, if you 4kWp system can generate around 3,700 kilowatt hours of electricity a year – roughly equivalent to a typical household’s electricity needs. It will save nearly two tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, and you could save £750 a year.
Solar PV needs just a little maintenance. You just need to keep the panels relatively clean and make sure trees don’t overshadow them. In the UK, panels that are tilted at 15 degrees or more have the additional benefit of being cleaned by rainfall to ensure optimal performance. Keep an eye our for dust, debris, snow or bird droppings, as they should be removed with warm water. The panels should last at at least 25years, however the inverter will likely need to be replaced at some point during this period.
For more information please visit the Energy Savings Trust website.