PV Solar Panels
What is Solar PV
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 UK government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme pays 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, you can sell the surplus back to the grid through the Export Tariff scheme.
- Cut your carbon footprint. Solar electricity is green renewable 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.
How do they work?
Cost, savings and maintenance
The more electricity the system can generate, the more it costs but the more it could save.
Larger systems are usually more cost-effective than smaller systems (up to 4kWp).
PV panels are all about the same price per kWp, but PV tiles cost much more than a typical system made up of panels.
Panels built into a roof are more expensive than those that sit on top.
Solar tiles and slates
Solar tiles are designed to be used in place of ordinary roof tiles. A system made up of solar tiles will typically cost about twice as much as an equivalent panel system. Solar tile systems are not normally as cost-effective as panel systems, and are usually only considered where panels are not considered appropriate for aesthetic or planning reasons.