How To Install Solar Panels: Choose Solar As Your Renewable Energy
There is currently a wide range alternative energy options available in the UK, thanks to advances in energy technology. One such option is solar energy, where photovoltaic panels convert energy from the sun directly into electricity and heat. The panels are installed on a rooftop, flat surface or in areas where the sun’s irradiation can be harnessed to create energy. Direct sunlight is not required for the panels to function, although they become more effective when the sunlight is stronger.
So why choose solar power? Put simply, this sustainable, environmentally-friendly approach offers the benefit of having access to free energy from the sun – a powerful resource than cuts down on our global need to use finite fossil fuels to generate the electricity we need in our daily home and business lives.
The energy produced by the solar panels and associated technology is used to power the home or building, while any excess energy produced that is not required straight away can be stored for use when the panels are not able to function, such as after dark. Another way to benefit from solar energy is to combine the electricity generated by the PV panels with a ‘top-up’ supply from the National Grid, as required
How do solar panels work?
A solar energy system comprises several components. The main panels are semiconductor devices made from photovoltaic cells that capture the sun’s irradiation as it falls on the installed area. The cells form a solar array that reacts to the sunlight, stripping away electrons and causing an electric field to form. This is then converted into usable electricity via an inverter (a piece of kit that changes the electric current from DC to AC for use inside the building connected to the system, and monitored by a generation meter.
The system will also include some form of battery storage to allow homeowners to store the energy generated by the solar panels that they don’t need right away, for use later on as required. Larger solar energy systems can involve multiple panels, connected together to form modules.
Most UK homes are suitable for solar panel installation; however, the best set-up involves a roof or exposed surface that is south-facing with a pitch of 30 to 40 degrees. West- and east-facing rooftops work well too, but typically produce around a quarter less energy. The roof or surface must be strong enough to take the weight of the panels and large enough for them to sit comfortably on top. It is strongly advised to engage a professional installer to fit the panels and set up the electricity conversion system.
The amount of money that customers can save through solar panel installation will vary depending on the efficiency and location of the system and the amount of sunlight received, however consumers can expect to see a return on their initial financial outlay on the panels before too long. Originally extremely expensive to install, solar panel technology and developments have seen prices become much lower recently and more accessible to the average homeowner or business.
A typical solar panel installation of 3.5kW can be reasonably expected to return around £640 from a £5,300 installation cost in the first year. This will obviously depend on where it is based, how much sunlight there is and how much ‘top-up’ electricity and power is required from the National Grid.
Advantages to solar panel installation
As well as the ability to harness the sun’s power to generate free electricity (after initial installation costs have been paid), solar panels offer a more environmentally-friendly, green approach to electricity supply. In a similar way to other renewables, solar energy reduces a household’s reliance on the National Grid and saves on electricity transportation costs and pollution caused by using fossil fuels and other, non-renewable sources for power. Solar energy creates less carbon dioxide too during the electricity conversion process, resulting in better air quality.
Other advantages benefit the wider community for example the creation of jobs for solar panel installers and commercial energy advisers, as well as less pressure on the National Grid, which makes it safer and easier to operate and maintain.
Areas we serve: solar panel installers London and Home Counties
Pure Energy Solutions can help you find the right solar photo voltaic panel installers for your needs and your geographical location. We cover a large part of the UK, including Surrey, Sussex, Hertfordshire, London and other parts of the Home Counties.
If you are looking for affordable, professional solar companies and solar power installers in your area, why not give the experts at Pure Energy Solutions a call? They can also advise on the cheapest electricity and gas suppliers and help you find the best deal for your own individual circumstances.