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"Solar panel installations, including evacuated tubes are becoming a popular way to invest. The golden age of cheap energy is over, so reducing dependence on increasingly costly traditional fuels is paramount for us all."
Solar panels & installations.
PV solar panel installations.
A popular investment with the feed-in tariff incentives.
Sell your surplus electricity back to the National Grid and generate your own green energy. Photovoltaic installations, also known as PV solar panels, operate even on cloudy days. Photovoltaic's can produce from 1-5 KW peak output for typical domestic or commercial. Installations can be mounted on a southerly facing roof, ground-mounted or south wall.
Thermodynamic panel installations.
New third-generation solar heating is here.
Thermodynamic heating installations are a hybrid solar technology, which takes over from your boiler's job of heating your hot water and central heating, so considerably reducing the use of costly fuels to heat your home. This system has the ability to work day and night, rain or shine.
Evacuated solar tube installations.
The most efficient technology for water and space heating.
Evacuated solar tube installations are an alternative heating system, developed exclusively for Northern European countries. These premium heating tubes use the sun's radiation to heat water and also swimming pools.
Return on investment - Not as expensive as you may think, with a return on your investment of 8-12%.
Tiny bills again - Be free from privatised energy companies who have left Britain with inflated costs.
Free energy for 30 years - When you consider how much the cost of energy has risen in the short-term, the longer term benefits are obvious.
Property value - Increase the value and sell-ability.
Feel the love - Remember when you owned your first car. That's the level of pride you feel with solar panels.
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Of over one hundred oil producing nations, over sixty of those have declining oil production, including our own North Sea production which has seen year on year reductions since 1999.
Is this technology suitable for my home?
Most homes in the UK are suitable, if you have a Southern, South East, Southwest or East / West facing roof space un-obscured by shading, then yes. Your internal plumbing and electrics will need to be checked through an on-site survey, but most homes are suitable.
Any solar grants or incentive schemes?
Grants are no longer available, but replaced by the feed-in tariff scheme which pays a set amount for every kWh of electricity or heat generated. This applies to any domestic and commercial installation.
Can I self-install?
In most cases, no, however, if you have Part P electrical and plumbing skills, then it may be possible to install in a daily capacity. DIY flat-plate, PV and evacuated tube kits are available.
DIY installing can work out much cheaper, however, you will not be eligible for the generous feed-in tariff schemes currently available. All feed-in tariff eligible installations must be carried out and certified, by accredited MCS solar panel installers to qualify.
Does this technology work well in the northern climates?
Even the UK receives 60% of the sun's radiation compared to the equatorial regions. Each square metre of the United Kingdom receives between 900 to 1,300 kWh of energy annually, so this technology does work in northern climates too.
Do I need planning permission?
No. From the 6th of April 2008 planning permission will not be required for most solar panel installations, unless you live in a listed building. Even then, most councils will allow solar panels in most cases.
How much does an installation cost?
Solar technology is not a one size fits all. Installations for both heating and electric can be complicated, due many factors such as the layout of your property or available roof space. Solar panels come in many different sizes, so we will need to do an on-site survey of your property to truly establish your options and costs.
Never be shy to conclude the session as sometimes we can get carried away talking about our passionate subject. Quicker ballpark quotes are available on request.
Comparing technologies, comparing quotes.
Because of the various different technologies available on the market, it is always wise to know what you are being quoted for. Quotes can vary widely across the industry, so it's worth knowing your mono-crystalline from your poly-crystalline photovoltaic panels or the heat advantage of thermodynamics and evacuated tubes over their flat-plate cousins.
The requirement of peace of mind when installing this type of technology can be found by using a properly accredited (Micro-Generation Certification) MCS solar panel installers. The MCS accreditation was created to set high standards within the renewable energy industries not only for the technology, but the installers too.
All our MCS installers are RECC scheme (Renewable Energy Consumer Code) members and work throughout England, Scotland and Wales. We are happy to help from the early stages of quoting to our fantastic after-sales customer support teams.
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