Solar PV Panels UK
Generate cheap, green electricity from sunlight
Solar panel electricity systems, also known as solar photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun's energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don't need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting.
The benefits of solar electricity
- Cut your electricity bills: sunlight is free, so once you've paid for the initial installation your electricity costs will be reduced.
- Get paid for the electricity you generate: the government’s Feed-In Tariffs pay you for the electricity you generate, even if you use it.
- Sell electricity back to the grid: if your system is producing more electricity than you need, or when you can't use it, you can sell the surplus back to the grid.
- Cut your carbon footprint: solar electricity is green, renewables energy and doesn't release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants. A typical home solar PV system could save over a tonne of carbon dioxide per year – that's more than 30 tonnes over its lifetime.
Solar PV needs little maintenance – you'll just need to keep the panels relatively clean and make sure trees don't begin to overshadow them. In the UK panels that are tilted at 15° or more have the additional benefit of being cleaned by rainfall to ensure optimal performance. Debris is more likely to accumulate if you have ground-mounted panels. If dust, debris, snow or bird droppings are a problem they should be removed with warm water and a brush or a high-pressure hose (or telescopic cleaning pole) if the panels are difficult to reach.
Buy Solar Panels UK
At SolarTherm UK, our highly trained engineers have extensive experience in the planning and installation of solar PV panels to ensure optimum performance and safety. Our team will keep you update throughout every part of the installation process while our aftersales customer support team will ensure your panels work seamlessly for years to come.
Our team have the latest equipment, technology, training, and certifications to ensure you receive the highest quality solar pv panels and installation on the market.
Solar PV Panel Installation
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 solar pv installation process 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.
But if it works and you are happy we can then proceed to install 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.
Commercial and Domestic Solar Panels UK
Solar panels have many benefits and are applicable to both domestic houses and commercial properties. Solar pv panels can help both domestic households and commercial properties reduced their carbon footprint by reducing their reliance on fossil fuels, therefore, saving hundreds on electric bills every year.
As many commercial properties are utilised during the day, they are perfect for solar panels. The energy produced by the solar panels immediately reduced your reliance on electricity from the grid. Some of the key benefits of commercial solar panels include:
- Reduced electric bills
- Tax relief
- Additional income potential
Solar Power and Battery Storage
Coupled with a battery (typically called an energy-storage system), Solar PV panels can store the excess energy produced into a battery so you can use it another time. The excess energy stored in the battery and can be used when you have higher demands for electric energy or when your solar pv system is not providing enough electric energy to power your household.
There are many types and sizes of energy-stored systems available, including brands such as Telsa Powerwall. Typically, energy-storage systems work best when they are storing the energy from the Solar PV panels during the day for use in the evenings or at night when you’d otherwise be paying for peak hours. Energy-storage systems can be retrospectively fitted to your existing solar PV system.
How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?
There is no requirement on the number of solar panels you need to install in your home, however typically the more solar panels you install the more electricity you can generate and the more you will be able to save on your electric bills. Coupled with a solar battery storage, you could save further money on your electric bills by storing excess energy for use whenever required.
The most common solar pv system size in the UK is a 3kW system comprising of 12 panels or a 4kW system compromising of 16 panels. Annual electric bill savings of these systems will vary between £150 - £300, however there are several variables that affect this figure including export tariffs as well as the type and quality of solar panel system.
Enquire about Solar PV Panels Today
Enquire online, talk to us via live chat or request a call back from one of our friendly team to find out more about solar PV panel installation. We will be in touch to find out some more detail about your solar PV panel requirements and to answer any of your questions.
Solar PV Panel FAQs
How does solar pv work?
The solar pv panels collect the energy from sunlight and convert it directly to electricity for use in your house.
Do solar pv panels work when it’s cloudy?
Yes, solar panels can work in low light conditions however they perform best in direct sunlight.
Do you need planning permission?
No, you do not need planning permission for most domestic solar pv installations, however there can be a few exceptions. From April 2008, solar panels were designated a ‘permitted development’, so unless your house is a listed building or situated within a conservation area you should not require planning permission. Your solar pv installation will still be subject to normal building regulation to ensure the safety of the installation.
How much roof space do you need?
Solar systems can be as small as 8m²
How long will your solar system last?
Systems can last for 50 years! With all solar panels there will be some degradation which will decrease energy output overtime.
How long does the installation take?
On average, it takes 2 days to install however the time can very depending on the size and complexity of the solar panel installation. To find out more about how long solar pv panels will be to install in your house, enquire online today.
Can solar pv panels make money as well as save?
Yes, typically you can make money back from your solar pv panels by exporting your excess electric back to the grid. This is typically done by a feed-in tariff however contact SolarTherm UK for more information on pricing.
What are the rules of fitting solar pv to your roof?
There are a number of rules required when fitting solar pv to your roof, including:
- Minimising appearance changes when installing solar panels
- Once they are no longer being used for the intended purpose of generating electricity, they should be removed from your roof
- The panels should not project more than 200mm off the boundary of the roof or exceed the highest point on the roof