Are solar panels worth it in the UK?

By joining over 1 million UK homeowners who have switched to solar panels for their energy, you can help to pave the way for a brighter future. The way that we use energy is changing as we move away from polluting fossil fuels. With solar panels for your home, you have the opportunity to generate your own guilt-free energy, giving you independence from the UK National Grid.

A solar panel system will generate plenty of free energy for you to use. The more solar energy you can use in the day to power your home, the less you will need to draw from the UK National Grid, saving you hundreds of pounds a year. Solar panels may also increase the value of your home; a property with a great energy efficiency rating and low energy bills is a hugely attractive feature for potential buyers.

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How to choose a reliable UK solar panel installer

It is really important that you choose a qualified, reliable electrician to install your solar panels to ensure that your system works to its maximum power and that the electrical wiring is safely installed within your home. Here’s a few things to look out for when choosing a UK installer of solar panels:

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How do solar panels work?

Simply put, UK solar panels work by capturing the sun’s energy and turning it into electricity for your home. This 4-part guide explains each component of a solar panel system in a little more detail.

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Interested in Solar PV?

How it works 

At first we will have to call you and book an appointment for a free, non-binding assessment of your property. The phone call will take only a few minutes of your time, during which we will explain the scheme to you, and answer any questions that you might have.

The assessment itself will take about an hour of your time, during which the assessor will ensure the property is suitable for having solar panels installed. This will involve measuring your roof etc. Our assessor will also go through your utility bills with you, calculating how much money would solar panels generate for your household in both savings and the government’s feed in tariff. We will then with your permission log onto the online portal and establish if panels can pay for themselves and benefit you.

If you are happy with the figures and would like to proceed, we will then look for a financial backer, willing to finance the system for you. The repayments would then be covered by the Feed in tariff, money for energy that you sell back to the grid and your electricity bill savings. If the system just fails to self fund you will have the option to make a small contribution if you still want solar fitted. We do warn ALL customers please don’t be disappointed if we have to say No!

But if it works and you are happy we can then proceed to installing your system. It is not a rent-a-roof scheme, which means that you become the owner of your system, receiving all of its benefits. It will have a lifespan of at least 20 years, during which it will make you £16,000 on average. 

Requirements:

There are a few requirements that you will have to meet in order to qualify for the scheme. If you are a homeowner but do not meet the criteria, feel free to proceed as we we might still be able to help you.  

  • Homeowner
  • Under 65 years old
  • Not moving in the next 5 years
  • No CCJs, IVAs, or debt management
  • Min. spend £40 a month on electricity
  • No loft conversions/ building work planned to the roof

SolarEdge PV Upgrade

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SolarEdge power optimizers perform MPP tracking for each module individually and therefore extract the maximum energy from each module, regardless of other modules in the string.
For existing solar installations that suffer from mismatch-related power losses, SolarEdge offers two optional retrofit configurations:

Module Level Power Optimization

Add a power optimizer to each module for added energy through module-level MPPT. There is no need for additional hardware or inverter replacement.

Smart Module

In addition to power optimizers install the SolarEdge Safety and Monitoring Interface to enable:

  • Added energy through module-level MPPT
  • Enhanced maintenance through module-level monitoring
  • Automatic module level DC safety

SolarEdge Retrofit Products

  • Power optimizer –  with independent optimization technology IndOP™
  • Safety and Monitoring Interface – the SolarEdge Safety & Monitoring Interface for module-level monitoring and safety retrofitted systems
  • SolarEdge Key – commissioning tool that is used to enable power optimizers to work with non-SolarEdge inverters without installing any additional hardware

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Good news for other countries in relation to solar and renewable energies

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Sweden’s prime minister announced his country will work towards becoming ‘one of the first fossil fuel-free welfare states of the world’

Renewables account for over half of Sweden’s energy, while here in the UK we have one of the lowest renewable energy shares in Europe.

In 2015, Sweden’s prime minister announced his country will work towards becoming “one of the first fossil fuel-free welfare states of the world,” in a speech to the UN General Assembly.

Between 2013 and 2014, 51.1 per cent of Sweden’s energy needs were met by renewables, according to data from Eurostat and the Renewable Energy Directive.

 

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Solartherm UK plant a tree scheme

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Solartherm UK’s parent company is continuing 2016 with its plant a tree scheme. In line with the Government’s own scheme

Silvercrest Energy pledged as part of its carbon neutral mission to plant a tree for every 4kw of installed solar PV it’s install arm Solartherm UK fitted to residential or commercial customers per annum.

In 2015 approximately 1000 (and counting) seedlings, saplings and young trees were successfully planted across the UK by us.

Please send in updates of your tree’s progress to [email protected] or suggestions of locations of possible future tree sites for 2016