solar electric

FAQ: solar panels – A guide to help you make a inform decision.

Here is a brief FAQ on solar panels.

What is solar energy?

Solar energy takes advantage of the sun’s rays to generate heat or electricity. It is an infinitely renewable resource and unique for its ability to generate energy in a quiet, clean, and consistent manner.

How do solar photovoltaic cells work?

Photovoltaic cells are comprised of a semiconductor material such as silicon. Added to the silicon are the elements phosphorous and boron which create conductivity within the cell and activate the movement of electrons. The electrons move across the cell when activated by the sunlight’s energy into the electrical circuit hooked up to the solar panel.

How much does a solar electric power system cost?

A 2kW solar electric system will cost approximately £6-13k (plus vat). That total includes the cost for all components: solar panels, panel mounts, and inverter, and labour associated with installation. It does not however, reflect all the avoided costs, such as the tax breaks and the credits received through net metering.

What’s the difference between solar photovoltaic and solar hot water systems?

These two types of solar systems both capture energy from the sun; solar photovoltaic systems use photovoltaic panels to produce electricity. Solar hot water, or thermal, systems capture sunlight to heat water for domestic use, to heat a swimming pool, or for a radiant heating system.

Can I use solar power to heat my home?

Off course! Transferring solar energy through pipes into an under floor radiant heating system is a wonderful way to stay warm. Radiant floor systems are typically 40 percent more efficient than their forced air counterpart and can be zoned to match thermal comfort to each room.

How much maintenance do solar energy panels require?

Solar photovoltaic panels require little maintenance, there’s no need to wash or dust. It is, however, important to place panels where they will remain clear of shade and debris. Thus you will have to wipe them off if too much snow or leaves fall on them.

How much will I really save on my utility bills from a home electric solar power system?

It depends, in part, on how much electricity you use and how efficient the appliances are that you operate. That said expect to generate excess electricity in the summer which can potentially offset the energy you use from the grid in the winter. A combination of energy efficient appliances and light bulbs can help reduce your homes energy bill by over two-thirds.

How long will it take to install a solar power system in my home?

Planning, configuring, and doing any custom ordering for your solar energy system can
take up to a few weeks. However, the installation process itself can typically be completed
in only a few days.

How do I know if solar panels will work on my home?

Take a look at the position of your home on its lot – and particularly your roof. Ask the following questions:

  1. Is there good southern exposure? Orienting solar panels to the south maximizes the effectiveness of energy collection.
  2. Is the exposure free of trees or buildings that could shade the panels or drop debris on them? Shading photovoltaic panels dramatically reduces their effectiveness.
  3. What is the pitch of your roof? Most roofs, from flat to 60-degrees can accommodate photovoltaic panels.

When should I seek a solar professional?

Asap as they can talk everything through. There are quirks in the process which are well suited to professionals who specialize in solar power installation. Solar installation professionals can help you determine the type and size of system most suited for your needs.


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3 Solar Pv Panels Myths Explained

With the weather now being warmer and the days being longer, it’s a great time to consider switching your energy to Solar PV (Photovoltaic) panels.

To put it simply, solar panels are one of the cost-efficient ways to generate your own domestic energy without running into huge bills and using natural gas. As they are also carbon-neutral, they are eligible for grants and financial support.

There’s a lot to learn with solar panels, so it’s easy to get lost in myths, not knowing what is fact or fiction. So here is our myth-busting guide that will hopefully give you a better idea about what to expect with solar PV panels.

Myth 1: The price

Solar PV panels are considered to be luxury items, too expensive for the average household to get installed and not really a financially viable solution to home energy needs.

That was true to an extent for a long time, and only wealthier people could afford to have solar panels for their home. However in recent years the cost of solar panel installation has dramatically gone down, while their efficiently has improved.

Ok, so the efficiently have improved over the last few years but the total cost of the panels is still not cheap. In time, however, the solar panels do in fact pay for themselves, all thanks to a government’s feed-in tariff scheme where you can earn money from generating your own electricity.

Myth 2: Solar Panels need the sun

The biggest misconception with solar panel technology is that for them to work, they need the sun and they won’t work in a cloudy climate.

That’s only partially true. While it is a fact that solar panels are more effective in sunnier weather, they still generate a substantial amount of energy even under an overcast sky. If you need any more convincing about the problem with cloudy weather, think of Germany where it’s the world leading solar power producer with a climate fairly close to the UK.

Myth 3: Hard To Maintain

There’s a general consensus that having solar panels on your roof is harder to maintain then other energy supplements.

That is not true and they should last up to ten years or even longer.

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The Benefit Of Solar Panels

The Benefit Of Solar Panels

Recent talks about renewable energy have focused on how we should not be so dependent on fossil fuels and how we all should be going green and looking at other ways to get our energy; solar power is one way to get this renewable energy. It’s clear to see when driving through the neighborhoods of Britain that there has been a huge rise in the installation of photovoltaic solar panels, with homeowners choosing to produce their own electricity.

The solar cells are the small sections which convert sunlight into electricity, generating a small amount of power, with several solar cells fixed together in a frame produce a solar panel – this is what you see on houses around the UK. A big benefits of a solar powered home is that it can generate between 75% to 100% of its own power, this is beneficial to the homeowners as it saves money on electricity bills.

The solar energy you don’t use immediately will be transferred to the National Grid as credit through an electricity meter. This means that during the winter or on miserable dull days, when your panels are not producing more energy than your building needs, energy may used from the Grid, and energy consumption will be offset against earlier energy production.

Photovoltaic solar panel doesn’t need a lot of maintaining and if they are tilted 15% or more then the panels will have the benefit of being cleaned by rain water.  Installation is best during the summer when the sunlight is at its peak.

It important to remember that solar power is a clean, unlimited and versatile energy source. It can be used to help to not only heat the home but to help grow food and give us light when it is dark. Our understanding of how to harness the sun’s power (in a cost effective way) has only recently begun, and with more advanced technology, solar panels will keep getting better.

Logical Heating & Plumbing Solution use MCS Approved and Accredited Installation Team who will be able to install the panel to your roof.  When installation is complete it will be tested to the latest 17th edition wiring regulations and relevant ELECSA certificate has been completed with the full knowledge that you are happy with the installation and it is working properly. We won’t be leaving you in the dark and we will check up on the panels to see if it giving you the optiminuim performance.

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