FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why have the government endorsed the FIT (feed in tariff scheme)?
In order to reduce the CO2 emissions produced by the UK, currently running at 45% production from Heating and Power from domestic properties, the Government have endorsed this incentive to encourage consumers to invest in solar energy. As this produces green power, it will have a positive impact on the environment.
How long will it take before I see a benefit from my investment?
You will see a benefit immediately in a reduction in your energy bills, and the money received from FITs, however, on average, it is expected that your initial installation costs should be recouped after approx 10 years. The FIT scheme pays you for 25 years at the agreed rate on entering the scheme, meaning any income generated after this initial period is your return on your investment. The CO2 emissions produced by your property will reduce immediately.
How does PV Solar work?
PV solar works through a process called Photovoltaics. Solar radiation is converted to electricity by the use of solar cells. These solar cells contain semi conductors which harness the photovoltaic effect. This effect is experienced when light photons from the sun’s energy cause electrons to become more energised creating electricity.
The solar panels have a thin layer of photovoltaic material. Some of the types of materials currently used are monocrystalline silicon, polycrystalline silicon, amorphous silicon. The current produced by this material is then collected and fed into the property via a converter. This is required as the current produced by Solar energy is DC ( direct current ) and AC (alternating current ) is required for our homes.
How much will PV Solar cost me?
The usual costs are based on the size of the system installed, however, Solar cost depends on various factors. For a no obligation quotation please
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Will the installation of solar not become cheaper in the future?
Indications are that the cost to have solar installed will increase. Recently, it has been reported that the costs of raw materials and energy, along with production costs will rise worldwide, therefore it is possible that future supplies of panels and installations will increase. in price.
How much electicity will it supply?
An average 2kWh system will supply around 1700 kWh annually. This will equate to around £830 per year.
What's being done to help prevent climate change?
According to the Energy Saving Trust, the UK commitment is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 34 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020 and aims for an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050. There are a number of initiatives that have been set up to help meet this reduction, these include the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT), the Climate Change Levy and the Climate Change Act amongst others.
What impact is climate change having on the UK?
The effects of climate change can already be seen. Here in the UK we are experiencing milder winters and the rainfall patterns are altering, resulting in more frequently flooding and droughts.
What happens if it’s cloudy?
As the sun’s energy can penetrate clouds, the system will still work, although it will produce less electricity than on bright sunny days.
Where do you fit the panels?
The panels can be roof or ground mounted. The location needs to be free from shadows cast from trees or buildings, and should be within 90 degrees of south ( meaning south, south east or south west facing). The panels are mounted within 30 degrees of horizontal to capture the Sun’s energy.
What is MCS approved?
MCS is a mark of competency. It is globally recognised, demonstrating that a company is committed to meeting rigourous and tested standards. This means customers are safe in the knowledge that they are dealing with an installer that works to the highest quality at all times. For an installer to be certified all aspects of the fitting service must be inspected, from supply to installation of renewable microgeneration technology.