Here are 10 things that you need to know. It’s about light, not heat. It can be overcast and the panels still generate electricity. In summer you generate more money becausethe days are longer and brighter but even in the winter your panels still work for you. Solar panels are suitable for the vast majorityof homes and businesses across the whole of the U.K. as long the roof is structurally sound. Electricity is created by the solar panelsduring daylight hours.
The electricity is not ‘stored’ in batteries. It’s a boiler sized device called an inverterthat converts the energy from the panels so it can be used. The inverter is usually fitted in your loft or garage. Here’s how you make money and you save money. You are paid by your electricity supplierfor every unit you generate. The amount you are paid for each unitis called the ‘generation tariff’. Whilst you’re producing electricity during daylight hoursyou are allowed to use as much of it as you want for FREE! Electricity that you generate but don’t use,you export back to the grid.
You get paid for this too!This is called the ‘export tariff’. Whenever your panels are not generating enough electricityfor your home or business you draw electricity from the grid as normal. Your generation tariff and export tariff are set and paidunder the government’s feedin tariff (FIT) scheme. Your tariff rates are guaranteed in UK law for 20 years. They are also index linked, which means theygo up in line with inflation. You receive your income every 3 months, intoyour bank account or by cheque, whichever suits you. It’s paid by an electricity provider of yourchoice from the Ofgem list.
You will still receive an electricity billfor the electricity you draw from the grid. After 20 years the tariffs will stop being paid,but the electricity you generate can still be used for free. Panel manufacturers guarantee panel performance for25 years and estimate their lifespan at 40+ years. There’s a 5 year manufacturer’s guarantee on invertersand we give a 5 year guarantee on our workmanship. Extended warranties are available too. Solar panels increase the value of your property. If you sell your property, the panels andthe income stream are passed on to the new owners.
Solar Panel Installation Which guide
Are you thinking about installing Solar PVpanels at your home? Producing your own electricity from solar is not any great only to the environmentbut it can also save money to the long term thanks to the feed in tariff and it can protectyou from rising electricity bills. But the decision to install solar PV panelson your home is a big one. It can be nerve wracking when you’ve neverseen how it’s done. So we filmed a solar panel installation to show you what happens andthe answers to some of those common questions. But first, let’s find out how the system works. Solar photovoltaic panels generate electricitywhenever it’s light. Light energy from the
sun hits the photovoltaic cells on the solarpanel and is transformed into electricity. Conducting wires carry the electrical currentfrom the your panels to the inverter and then into your home. When it’s light and youturn your electrical appliances on they’ll be powered by electricity your generating. Any excess electricity will be exported tothe national grid. If you turn your appliances on when your panels aren’t producing electricity,you’ll use electricity from the grid as usual. Before the installation process can againwill have to arrange a survey with a reputable solar panel installation company.
And the number of panels that you put on yourroof depends on a number of factors: the size of your roof, the direction which it faces,the amount of electricity that you wish to generate and how much you wish to spend. The installation will be done in stages. Thewhole process can take as little as one day, depending on the size of the system. We caught up with Solar Panel Installationcompany manager Guy Hewitt to see an installation in process quot;The process is quite straightforwardactually. Before we get to the site we would have already surveyed it, so we’ll have produceda detailed plan of what we’re going to do
on the roof. When we arrive if the scaffoldtears up than the towers will be up. quot;The next phase is to mark out and set outthe array on the roof so then we’ll be taking the dimensions that we’ve got be lifting tiles,finding the rafters and setting out where we actually are going to insert the roof hooksinto the roof. quot;The stage after that is, we start installingthe roof hooks. So we lift the tile up, we find the rafters, we then insert the roofhook into the rafter, then the tile would sit back down and be weathered if necessary,and that goes all the way along the roof to create, if you like, parallel lines of roofhooks. After that the rails are bolted onto
the roof hooks and when they’re fully securedand in position then the panels can be installed onto the rails. quot;The vast majority of roofs in the UnitedKingdom are able to take solar panels. They need of course to face the right way. We wouldn’tbe installing solar panels on a north facing roof. We’re really looking for somewhere fromeast to west or south of that. One of the concerns a lot of people have is that there’sa possibility that installing solar panels could actually damage your roof. quot;That is not the case. Provided the rightroof bolt is used for the type of tile that’s
on the building, and the roofers have donea professional job, then the roof will be weather proofed.quot; In the house, the direct current from thesolar panels comes in through this cable and it goes into an inverter box which convertsthe direct current to alternating current, which is safer for your home. And there are two isolator switches there’sa direct current isolator switch and an alternating current isolator switch as safety measures.From here the power is passed around the house and here You have the generation meter whichindicates how much power your solar panels