Why should I bother with solar home PV panels?
There are two important reasons why you should choose to install solar home PV panels.
The first is financial. The Government is encouraging homeowners (or ‘microgenerators’) by paying 16p for every Kwh produced by home solar panels. That, along with the savings you make from not having to pay for electricity from the grid, all add up to a tidy, tax free sum every year.
The second reason is ethical. You can play a part in the global challenge to replace the earth’s dwindling resources by using renewable or ‘green’ energy. You are investing in energy for now and for future generations.
What’s the Feed-in Tariff scheme all about?
In April 2010, the Government launched the Feed-in Tariff scheme. It is a ‘cashback’ scheme that rewards homeowners, schools and businesses for generating their own clean energy. It’s part of Britain’s commitment to reduce pollution and CO2 emissions.
1. Generating energy: For every unit (Kwh) generated, there is a fixed payment. This is currently 16p, but it is index (inflation) linked and will gradually reduce over the next 20 years. The income is guaranteed for 20 years from the date of installation and you won’t have to pay any tax on your earnings.
2. Exporting energy: You can also earn money from energy companies who will pay you for any electricity you generate but don’t use. This is currently 4.5p per unit. For example, homes that are empty during the day could export around 50% of the energy they generate back to their energy supplier.
Does the sun have to shine for my system to work?
Solar panels need daylight in order to generate electricity, but not necessarily direct sunshine. However, it is important that your panels have a near to south-facing roof as possible as this will ensure efficiency and optimum performance. If you need more electricity than you are generating, you can still buy energy from your utility company at the normal rate.
What about planning permission?
In most cases Solar PV is permitted development, but if you live in a world heritage site or want to locate the panels anywere other than on the roof, then you may need planning permission. In certain parts of the UK, you may need to get consent from the landowner before installing your panels. But don’t worry. We can help with this. Simply contact us for more information.
How do I choose the best solar PV system for my home?
It depends on your home and your preferences. You might want to completely disconnect from the grid and just use solar energy. Or, you might prefer to keep the feed from your electricity supplier just in case you need it. But rest assured, whatever your situation our qualified experts are on hand to give you some friendly advice on the best solution for your home.