What is solar energy and how will it benefit me?

Layers of semi-conducting material, usually silicon, make up a solar PV panel and when light shines on this material, a flow of electricity is created. A solar PV system is made up of several panels (10 to 15 panels), and each panel can generate around 200-350W of energy in strong sunlight.

The flow of electricity created is direct current (DC) electricity, but this needs to be converted to alternating current (AC) electricity for household appliances. An inverter is installed with a solar panel system so the electricity produced can be used in your home and exported to the grid.

Yes, solar panels can help you save money on your energy bills. They’re very popular and it’s estimated that there are one million systems on houses across the UK. Unlike other more traditional types of energy, solar energy won’t run out.

The amount you can save on your energy bills will vary on how much electricity your home uses and the number of solar panels your roof can hold. Though the initial cost of having solar panels installed is not cheap, in the long run, they help cut your electricity bills and your carbon footprint. A typical home solar PV system could save around one tonne of carbon per year, depending on where you live in the UK.

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Its easier than ever to have solar panels installed in your home, we partner with qualified electrical firms to make the source and install seamless.

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