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Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System

A Solar PV System is basically an electrical generator. It’s mounted on your roof or in your garden and provides your home with green sustainable electricity throughout the course of the day. Unlike traditional generators, a Solar PV System does not need diesel or petrol to generate power. It’s fuel source is the sun, so, as long as its daylight you will be benefitting from free electricity. 

The amount of electricity that is being provided to your home depends on how much of the suns rays are hitting the solar panels. So for example: if the sun is out and it is shining on your solar panels, the Solar System will be providing its maximum amount of energy for you to use in that moment. If there’s cloud cover or if the sun disappears behind a building or tree, the Solar System will start to decrease it’s available energy. 

A typical Solar PV Installation could take between 1-3 days 

Reduced Energy Costs:

One of the main benefits of solar panels is that they can significantly reduce energy costs. Once installed, solar panels generate electricity for free, which means that homeowners and businesses can reduce their reliance on grid supplied electricity and save money on their electricity bills.

Low Maintenance:

Solar panels require very little maintenance, as they have no moving parts and are designed to withstand various weather conditions. Routine cleaning to remove dirt and debris from the surface of the panels is typically all that is required to keep them functioning properly.

Environmentally Friendly:

Solar panels are a clean and renewable source of energy, which means they do not produce any greenhouse gas emissions or other pollutants that contribute to climate change. By using solar panels, individuals and businesses can reduce their carbon footprint and help protect the environment.

Scalability:

Solar panels can be easily scaled up or down depending on the energy needs of a home or business. Additional panels can be added as energy needs increase, or existing panels can be removed or replaced if energy needs decrease. This scalability makes solar panels a flexible and adaptable solution for energy generation.

ECO4 funding available

Solar Photovoltaicaic (PV) is just one of the energy efficient measures available completely free under the ECO4 scheme. To learn more and to see if your eligible visit our ECO4 page.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What is a solar PV system?

A solar PV system is a technology that converts sunlight into electricity using photovoltaic cells.

How does solar PV work?

Solar PV cells contain semiconductor materials that generate an electric current when exposed to sunlight. This current is then converted into usable electricity.

What are the benefits of solar PV?

Solar PV systems offer numerous benefits, including reduced electricity bills, lower carbon emissions, increased energy independence, and potential financial incentives.

Can solar PV generate electricity on cloudy days?

Solar PV systems can still generate electricity on cloudy days, although at a reduced efficiency compared to sunny days.

How long do solar PV systems last?

Solar PV systems are designed to last for several decades, with most panels having warranties ranging from 20 to 25 years.

Are solar PV systems expensive?

While the initial installation cost of solar PV systems can be significant, they often pay for themselves over time through energy savings and potential government incentives such as ECO4.

Do solar PV systems require a lot of maintenance?

Solar PV systems generally require minimal maintenance. Regular cleaning of panels and occasional inspections are typically sufficient.

Can solar PV systems power my entire home?

The size of the solar PV system and your energy consumption will determine if it can power your entire home. It’s possible to install a system that meets most or all of your electricity needs.

Can I sell excess electricity generated by my solar PV system?

Depending on your location, you may have the option to sell excess electricity back to the grid through a process called net metering or receive feed-in tariffs.

Can I install solar PV panels on any type of roof?

Solar PV panels can be installed on various types of roofs, including asphalt shingles, metal roofs, and tile roofs. The suitability depends on the condition and structural integrity of the roof.

How much space do I need for a solar PV system?

The space required for a solar PV system depends on the capacity and efficiency of the panels. On average, a residential system requires about 100-400 square feet per kilowatt of capacity.

Are solar PV systems suitable for businesses?

Yes, solar PV systems are suitable for businesses of all sizes. They can help reduce operational costs and demonstrate a commitment to sustainability.

For more information on Solar PV for business please contact our sister company Smart Energy Business

 

How long does it take to install a solar PV system?

The installation time varies depending on the system size and complexity, but it typically takes a few days to a few weeks to complete the installation.

Are there any environmental benefits of solar PV?

Solar PV systems have several environmental benefits. They produce clean, renewable energy without emitting greenhouse gases, helping to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. Solar PV also helps conserve natural resources by reducing the reliance on fossil fuels for electricity generation.

Will installing solar PV panels increase the value of my property?

Studies have shown that installing solar PV panels can increase the value of a property. Homebuyers are often willing to pay more for homes with solar installations due to the long-term energy savings they offer.

If you cant find the answers you are looking for please contact our smart team and we will be happy to try and help. 

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