Alternative “green” energy is becoming more popular with solar systems taking the biggest share of the green market. These systems produce DC electricity from sunlight and convert it to AC using the inverter, which is then used in the household.
Solar PV panels can be seen just about anywhere in Birmingham, West Midlands and throughout the UK. For those who are yet to adopt solar energy or just looking to get more informed, you have come to the right place as we have covered every important topic you need to know about solar panel installation. Be sure to read to the end so you can make informed decisions.
We Are Solar Panel Installers In Birmingham
Solar energy has changed the power industry and for good reasons. For starters, it provides clean, renewable energy that can be used for diverse purposes, including powering homes, heating water, powering cars, and more. Solar power is harnessed from the sun, which we cannot run out of unlike other sources of energy like natural gas, oil, and coal. Plus, these fossil fuels emit carbon footprint that affects water, soil, and air quality, and are responsible for climate change.
You’ll also experience significant savings with solar energy. The cost of solar panels has dropped significantly in recent years, and with no moving parts to break down, you will also save on maintenance. Since you will be generating power, your energy costs will drop. How much you save on your current electricity bills will depend on the size of your solar system, its energy efficiency rate, and your energy consumption needs.
Did you know that your solar system can earn you some money? The government’s feed-in tariff will pay you for every unit of electricity you generate and offer a bonus payment if you feed it back to the national grid. Other popular grants for solar energy are the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, the average combined savings and earnings from solar panel installation can range between £305-495 a year.
If you are ready to cash in on all these and more benefits, the next logical step is to hire us to fit the solar panels for you.
Solar PV Panel Installation Services
Solar panel systems can be a sizeable investment, but the good news is the prices have dropped dramatically in recent years, making solar systems more affordable than ever to Birmingham residents.
Giving the exact cost of a solar panel unit installation is impossible as it depends on the type, quality, and size of the system, as well as the service provider, among other factors. However, to give you an idea of what to expect, having a 1kW solar system installed in Birmingham will set you back around £2,000 for a decent system. For a 2Kw, 3kW, and 4kW solar system, expect to spend from £2,500-4,000, £4,000-6,000, and £5,500-8,000, respectively.
These figures might still seem like a considerable investment for many despite the dropping prices, but you have to think in the long term. Once your solar system is set up, your energy costs will drop significantly, and you will earn some money from government grants.
A well-designed, properly installed solar PV system will require minimal to no maintenance over the years. However, you may have to replace the inverter in about 10 years (costs about £800). You’ll also need to factor in about £100 a year for the annual service plus insurance premium payments. The need for repairs is quite infrequent, and if need be, chances are the warranty will cover. Solar panels can last from 25-30 years –or sometimes more –with payback periods as short as 5-6 years.
Since these are all estimates, contact us for a more accurate price guide suitable to your power needs.
Solar Battery Storage Solutions
Solar panel systems have been complemented by solar battery storage solutions, turning this technology into a significantly more efficient source of sustainable energy. That’s because solar batteries store excess (unused) energy generated by the solar system for later use. It is when daylight hours have disappeared or on cloudy days or during power blackouts that solar battery storage solutions come in handy to power your home/office.
As long as your power demands don’t exceed the supply your battery can provide, you will be able to run your home on renewable energy around the clock. In addition to lowering your energy costs, a solar panel battery allows you to become independent from the national grid, thus ensuring energy security for your household. You can even earn money selling the extra stored energy to the grid.
All these benefits seem enticing, but you’re probably wondering how much this cost you. Well, the cost of a solar battery storage system ranges from £1,200 to £6,000, depending on the type of the battery and brand, as well as its capacity, chemical composite, and lifespan. Another important factor to consider when choosing a solar battery storage system is the Depth of Discharge (DoD), which is how much you can use the battery before needing to recharge. Lithium-ion solar batteries are a popular choice for being cost-effective, compact, and with more capacity. Alternatively, you can go for AC or DC batteries.
Solar Thermal Panel Installation Services
As mentioned earlier, solar energy can be used for different applications, including heating water. But this will require you to install a solar thermal system, which is not to be confused with solar electric panels as they are two different technologies. Solar thermal panels absorb heat from the sun, which is then used to heat up water for home use.
The average cost of solar thermal panel installation services ranges between £4,000 and £5,000, depending on the type of panel, size, how many you’re installing, whether or not you have a solar-ready hot-water cylinder, the service provider, and more. Though this seems like a significant investment, installing solar thermal panels will help lower your utility bills and carbon footprint. You’ll also receive government grants like RHI for using renewable energy.
There are two main types of solar thermal systems: flat plate collectors and evacuated tube collectors. They can also be categorised based on the way they use solar collectors: active, passive, direct, or indirect.
Given the high cost of solar thermal panel installation services, you want to ensure you get the right solar water heating system for your home, and most importantly, that it’s properly installed. If you are not sure what is best for your home and budget, consult with our knowledgeable and specialist solar energy experts so you can make a more informed decision.
Solar panel unit installation is a great way to save money in the long run and help the environment by providing clean, sustainable energy. Make the transition to green energy today. We offer a range of high-quality solar panel products bespoke to every client’s power needs and budget. And, as leading experts in solar panel system design and installation, we can help you improve your home’s or business’s energy efficiency so you can save as much as possible.
If you need further information on solar panel installation in Birmingham, West Midlands and the UK at large, kindly get in touch with us today!