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The joy and benefits of solar panels in the UK

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The benefits of solar panels in the UK.

Sunshine technology. Solar panels work even on cloudy days in the UK. Each sq/m of your roof receives between 900-1400 kWh a year.

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Now this is solar savvy.

In my earlier days as a solar pioneer, you needed two separate systems to produce electricity and hot water - not today.

PV to hot water converters can be installed with a photovoltaic system and simply put, use's surplus electricity to power your immersion heater that heats your hot water and even charge your EV vehicle for free.

A thermal store installation will allow you to use multiple renewable technologies for both hot water heating and space heating of your home.

Evacuated tubes and flat-plate solar heating were traditionally used, but now photovoltaics are preferred by both installers and users.

Additionally, the latest advancements in battery storage devices are making PV technology a very exciting prospect indeed.

"Welcome to the solar century."
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How to heat my water with PV solar panels.

"The world is changing fast and that's why I'm evangelical about solar panels."

Sunshine on a cloudy day.

EV's & PV.

Charge your car with photovoltaics.

Being one step ahead of the crowd is how most people create and hold onto their money. Many people installed PV solar panels because it was a 'sure thing' and they were 'ahead of the crowd'.

Therefore the next logical step is to trade in your old gas guzzler for an EV (electric vehicle) charged for free with your PV solar panels.

Most car manufacturers have their own EV models nowadays, so once again 'opportunity strikes' to expand your ability to benefit from solar panels with 'free motoring mileage'.

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A guide to PV solar panels

PV (Photovoltaic) solar panels generate electricity using the sun's rays. 'Photo' refers to the Photons, which hit the panel, and 'voltaic' refers to the volts of electricity which are produced when a chemical reaction takes place within the panel cells.

These panels are divided into two types:

Monocrystalline - Photovoltaic panels which have an efficiency rating of 15%. Slightly more expensive, but offer a higher peak output per panel usually 180-240 Watts.

Polycrystalline - PV panels that have an efficiency rating of 13%. The most popular panel, which gives a maximum output of 150 Watts.

Thin-film - A thin layer of semi-conductor materials spread thin on a glass or metallic base. These systems have a lower efficiency rating of around 7%.

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I love solar electric panels.

"A technology that last longer than your mortgage."

Quick facts

Sunshine technology. Sell electricity to the National Grid with grid connected PV systems. Generate electricity for yourself and export the excess power to the National Grid, which you will be paid with the feed-in tariff scheme. Amazingly, you will be paid even if you use the power yourself.

Sunshine technology. You can put the panels together to make a system ranging from a minimum of 1KW going up to a max of 5KW for domestic installations, producing from 750 kWh to 4500 kWh per year. Commercial sized installations range from 5KW to 100KW sized systems.

Sunshine technology. With no moving parts, this technology lasts for many years with no maintenance required.

Sunshine technology. Once installed, your system will be at your service for 25-30 years in the UK climate.

"Photovoltaic solar panels installed in the 1960s are still going strong today."

A guide to solar heating panels

Flat-plate Solar heating panels and evacuated solar tubes heat up hot water in your hot water tank supplying you with a constant supply of hot water, and in some cases space heating during the daylight hours. You won't need to use your existing boiler in the summer, while using it less in the winter months too.

These panels are divided into three types:

Thermodynamic panels - This third-generation way of heating, hot water and central heating using ambient atmospheric temperatures. This new hybrid technology works all year round, day and night, rain or shine. No government incentive is available.

Flat-plate panels - The most traditional form is flat-plate technology, this panel heats up an anti-freeze compound called Glycol which circulates through heat exchangers in your tank to provide solar heated water.

Evacuated solar tubes - An efficient way of heating your hot water tank using the sun's ray, giving the best performance of all solar heating technologies.

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I love solar heating panels.

"A technology that can be in your service for thirty years."

Quick facts

Sunshine technology. Evacuated solar tubes are the best performing system, but flat-plate panels are popular because they can be deemed to be more aesthetically pleasing to some people with the option to be integrated in the roof like a "Velux" window.

Sunshine technology. All panel types only need a check-up or maintenance service every 3-4 years, but this can be integrated into your installation deal with your installation company.

Sunshine technology. A larger tank can be fitted on installation day to update your existing tank with a more modern and efficient type.

Sunshine technology. Once installed, your system will be at your service for 25-30 years in the UK climate.

"The UK's first grid-connected system has been tested on its 20th anniversary, and still has a 95% generation rate."

Beginners questions about solar panels

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.

Is my roof compatible?

Most homes in the UK are suitable for solar panels. If you have a South, South East, Southwest or East and West facing roof space un-obscured by shading, then yes. Your internal plumbing/electrics will need to be checked through an on-site survey before the installation process begins.

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Any grants or incentives in the UK?

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.

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Does this work in 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.

Radiation map of the UK

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.

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Are solar panels suitable for my property?

Solar technology is not a one size fits all. Installations for both heating and electric can be complicated, due to many isues such as roof access, layout and internal factors. Solar panel technologies varies in size, so potential installers will need to do an on-site survey of your property to truly establish your options and costs.

Request a survey and keep a copy of the data.

Why compare technologies, why compare 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 monocrystalline from your polycrystalline photovoltaic panels or the heat advantage of 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.

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