A beginners guide to solar panel installations

Last updated on June 5th, 2017 at 09:15 pm

“I would like to dedicate this article to the newcomers of solar panels, and those who wish to support the technology and take advantage of the benefits, but don’t know where to begin.”

A solar powered home

A solar powered home

Why solar panels? Solar panels have never made such financial sense. Domestic and commercial MCS solar panel installers give you the ability to generate your own energy through solar panels are becoming more and more popular. Reducing dependence on ever increasing energy prices is what motivates most people to install solar panel technology.

“Times are changing, the world has woken up to global warming and future energy shortages, but it will be consumer demands that drive the changes”

The science behind solar panel technology?

When solar radiation or solar energy enters the earth’s atmosphere, it does so as a short wave. When these short waves hit something like a person, building or solar panel, then the wave converts to long wave. The process expels a small amount of energy and this energy produces heat or electricity depending on the panel type.

There are two types of solar panels; both do very different jobs, but both use energy from the sun.

1. Solar heating panels (including evacuated tubes)
2. PV electric solar panels.

Which you choose is up to you, but it basically depends on which type of energy cost you want to reduce and how much you can afford to spend on a solar project.

People now see solar panels as an investment in the home.

PV solar panels

Domestic and commercial photovoltaic, solar panels are commonly known as PV solar panels, use photo cells to convert solar radiation into electricity. The PV cell consists of one or two layers of a semi conducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers, causing electricity to flow. The greater the intensity of the light, the greater the flow of electricity.

Sell electricity back to the National Grid with the feed-in tariff scheme. Receive a guaranteed 20 years income from your PV solar panels. The incentive is tax free and open to anyone who installs electric , solar technology in their home.

In addition to saving you money, photovoltaic, solar panels provide a wide range of benefits, even in the UK climate. Investing in your home and your energy future with an on-grid connected system with a typical lifespan of 30-40 years. Solar panels in general have never made such financial sense.

Feed in tariffs also known as the Clean Energy Cash Back Scheme, an incentive that pays people for producing their own power. A domestic solar installation is connected to your meter and the National Grid, so any excess you produce can be sold to your energy company who is obligated to purchase your power. This is called the feed-in tariffs (FIT’s scheme) which is designed to reward the early adopters of solar the most and the later adopter the least.

Solar heating panels

Domestic and commercial solar heating systems gather energy radiated by the sun and convert it into useful heat in the form of hot water. Solar heating technology has been available since the 1970’s and works alongside an existing boiler, to provide hot water or space heating with underfloor heating.

Installing a solar heating system in your home can provide between 50% and 70% of your hot water needs each year for free. Heat my Home are at the forefront of solar panel systems in the UK and install MCS accredited modern technology for outstanding results, even in our climate.

A technology for generating clean heat usually installed on the roof, stimulated by strong financial incentives from the government. A solar heating system is a single or a combination of multiple panels, which trap and move heat to your hot water tank. Space heating can be achieved in certain circumstances. The system will be installed by MCS accredited solar installers as either:

On-roof.
In-roof.
Flat-roof or garden.

Some homeowners prefer the aesthetics of a flat panel, but evacuated tubes are more efficient in the winter months. Both systems work excellently in our UK climate, so we offer both flat panels and solar tube technologies, so you can decide which is best for yourself.

Access to the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI) feed-in tariff incentive, which pays you for generating the heat, even if you use yourself.

The type of system required for your home depends on many factors, which is why we always survey your home before quoting. This survey is free and without obligation.

Evacuated solar tubes

Solar evacuated tubes have been used in the UK for many years. With the ongoing energy price rises, it has become an even more cost effective method of generating your own hot water and thus using less from fossil fuel sources.

An average system can generate around 60-70% of the hot water required a year, which in turn will reduce your hot water bills. We install evacuated tubes because they are the most efficient solar heating technology.

In the summer, most of your hot water needs can be produced using an evacuated solar tube system. Even through the winter months, it is able to contribute heat from the sun to your water tank so reducing the amount of times, your boiler fires up.

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"Feel the pride."
March 21, 2012
Founder of Heat My Home.


  • Tom Peckham

    I am an enthusiast for any sort of alternative technology that will provide energy from the sun and avoid the use of fossil fuels which are swiftly being depleted. However, I took the plunge with PV panels. They are mounted on the roof of the house. At the front of the roof between the panels and the sun,is a small parapet wall which partially shades the lower row of panels when the sun is low in the sky at daybreak. I had not been informed that the PV panels which are connected in series will not operate properly when any one of them is partially shaded. Now I understand that when a PV panel is even partially shaded the internal resistance increases dramatically and so reduces the generated power of the whole array. The system I have only generates about a third of what I was expecting from the initial sheets that I was given. I have now been told that for quite a lot more money I can have “optimizers” fitted to each panel and that the optimizers will remedy the problem. I am hoping that this will be the case. If not, I have a lot of expensive technology on my roof which will certainly not repay the cost of the installation in its proposed life time!