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Become less reliant on increasing energy costs with modern solar panels and installations
"Solar panels including evacuated tube installations 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.
Quick fact - Each square metre of your roof receives between 900-1200 kWh a year.
PV solar panels.
Photovoltaic that lasts longer than your mortgage.
Sell your surplus electricity back to the National Grid and generate your own free energy. Photovoltaic installations, also known as PV solar panels, operate even on cloudy days. This type of panel can produce from 1-5 kW peak output. Installations can be either roof or ground-mounted.
Thermodynamic heating installations are a hybrid solar technology that takes over from your boiler's job of heating your hot water and central heating. This considerably reduces the use of expensive fuels to heat your home. This system has the ability to work day and night, rain or shine.
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.
Technology that lasts longer than your mortgage - When you consider how much the cost of energy has risen, the long-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.
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Exploring the wonderful world of solar panels
"It became very apparent early on, whilst I was researching the topic of solar panels that there were no helpful web sites on this subject. Fast forward ten years and my enthusiasm for this technology has grown exponentially alongside the global and national demand for them."
Creating Heat my Home has led me to meet many people within the solar industry, some good and some not so, but the wealth of knowledge I have gained, alongside the combined knowledge of our regular contributors can hopefully empower you to make a more intelligent assessment.
This decade long project is designed to make installing solar panels as easy as possible. The questions I have asked and the answers I have heard are all here for your benefit.
A 10 year love affair.
If I could encapsulate the most important thing to consider when choosing a preferred technology and installer, it would be to do your homework on both because 'not all panels are the same' and the 'ethical standards of installers' vary greatly, so always get three quotes and compare data sheet's.
This is why I try to connect people with some of the industries most ethical installers via our get quotes service.
Most importantly though, we hope this information can help give you the confidence to ask the right questions, get the right system and certainly at the right price.
Affordability of course is relative, but if you are lucky enough to be able to install a solar panel system, then this is certainly the best time to do so, as the incentives are still available and the technology costs are at an all-time low.
This just leaves the installation costs to get right and then you will be able to ride through the next three decades without fear of external factors that will undoubtedly affect the cost of powering and heating our homes.
But, the most unanticipated aspect that gets reported time and time again from new adopters, is the pride felt once those solar panels are firmly attached to the roof.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can I install myself?
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 eligible installations must be carried out and certified, by an accredited MCS solar panel installer to qualify.
Solar technology is not a one size fits all. Installations for both heating and electric can be complicated, due to many factors such as the layout of your property or available roof space. Solar technology varies in size, so potential installers will need to do an on-site survey of your property to truly establish your options and costs. Anbody not doing a proper survey or using Google Earth to quote you is simply guesswork that ultimately can lead to problems further down the road to installation.
Always insist on an on-site survey and keep a copy of the final data sheet.
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 monocrystalline from your polycrystalline photovoltaic panels or the heat advantage of thermodynamics and evacuated tubes over their flat-plate cousins.
Compare installation quotes for different types of technology the easy way. If you're not sure yet, then we can help you make a wiser decision through our trusted and time-served installers.
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.