Domestic Voltage optimisation

What is it? How much is it, what does it do? & a WARNING! 
Energy isn’t the same as power. If you reduce the voltage to the circuit to your kettle it will use the same amount of energy to boil the water, it will just take a little longer. The same applies to your oven heating up, or your washing machine heating the water. When used in a domestic Solar PV installation, Voltage optimisers are largely installed to compensate for the deficiencies in the poorly designed grid-tie inverters we find when retrofitting or repairing systems by others, those inverters that can’t handle the normal variations and surges in the LV distribution network.

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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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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

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 

SolarThermUK is proud to announce that we are a member of HIES

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What is HIES?
The Home Insulation & Energy Systems Contractors Scheme (HIES) is a Consumer Protection organisation. HIES ensures that consumers are dealt with professionally, courteously and sympathetically. Any products installed by HIES Members must be fit for purpose, installed professionally and come with comprehensive guarantees which are underwritten with specialist insurance providing consumers with a high level of protection and peace of mind.
HIES also believes that consumers should have FREE access to robust dispute resolution and therefore provide consumers with free mediation, FREE Independent Inspections to assist with installation or product malfunctions (at HIES discretion) and FREE access to an independent Ombudsman service to help resolve any issue that may arise.
To that end, The HIES Scheme Rules & Code of Practice is a stringent set of Rules and a ‘Modus Operandi’ that members must adhere to at all times in their dealings with consumers, our Code is approved by The Chartered Trading Standards Institute.
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