Solar PV Installers UK

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Are you a homeowner looking for alternative sources of electricity? If this is the case, then you should consider our solar PV (photovoltaic) installation services. Here’s why…

After installing a solar panel system, the electricity it generates is free, until you consider replacing or upgrading it. Since most solar panel systems are guaranteed for 25 years, (with an expected 10 to 15 years of use beyond this),  this is a very long time for you to enjoy free electricity.

Solar PV Installers UK are fully versed regarding the benefits of installing solar panels. However, without all of the information (and there’s a myriad of it!), it is sometimes hard to make the right decision.

This guide gives you essential information about solar PV installation and its benefits to make an independent decision.

Types of Solar PV Panels

Before contracting a solar PV installation company, it’s advisable to understand the various types of solar panels available.

1. Monocrystalline.

These are the most efficient solar panels for home applications. Being the most efficient, they are very likely to be the most expensive.

These solar panels have a longer lifespan compared to polycrystalline and thin-film panels.

Because of their design and construction, they are particularly efficient at higher temperatures.

2. Polycrystalline.

The polycrystalline panels are the most popular panels that homeowners install. They are less expensive yet still very still efficient. 

3. Thin-film.

Thin-Film Solar PV panels, also known as Flexible Solar Panels are portable and lightweight.

These panels and their technology currently have the lowest market share in the UK. They tend to be used for boats, mobile homes, and camper vans. They are a good option for projects with a lesser electricity-generating requirement. Thin-film solar panel technology is still being developed and has the potential to be a less expensive option. Certainly, where price considerations are of paramount importance, this technology could make it a more competitive choice – watch this space as the technology develops!

Benefits of Solar PV Panels

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Now that you have an idea regarding the different solar panel types, what makes them worth the investment? Here are some of the benefits clients enjoy when they install a solar panel system.

Now that you have an idea regarding the different solar panel types, what makes them worth the investment? Here are some of the benefits clients enjoy when they install a solar panel system.

  1. Saving money on electricity bills: Any solar PV installer in the UK will tell you that you can save money with a solar panel system. This is true as the additional electricity from the panels means you do not buy so much from your energy supplier.
  2. Source of renewable energy: For anyone who is looking for a reliable source of renewable energy, then harnessing the sun’s power makes perfect sense. Have you ever looked up on a hot, sunny day and asked yourself, “I wonder how much energy the sun produces?” Incredibly, it’s enough in one hour to light up, 2,880 trillion 60 watt light bulbs.
  3. Ease of maintenance: Most people will not have to do any maintenance whatsoever, other than have the panels cleaned maybe once or twice a year. Cleaning in addition to what is done naturally by rainfall will increase a  panel’s output, only because it will have even less dirt and bird muck on it, but it doesn’t help much.
  4. Off-grid power: If you live in an area without a grid connection, the easiest way to power your home is through solar panels. It is cheaper to have a solar panel system set up on your home rather than waiting for utility companies to connect your home. There’s a lot of red-tape involved and can become a very lengthy process.
  5. A lot less pollution: Fossil fuels are renowned for polluting our environment. That becomes a lot less of an issue when you install a solar panel system on your property.

The Cost of a Solar PV Panel System

The chances are you have come across solar PV installers in the UK talking about the benefits of installing solar panels, but what is a typical cost of your investment? 

Solar panel systems can be a sizeable investment, but you have to look at them as long-term investments. Once the system is set up, your monthly energy bill will reduce. The same applies to your carbon footprint as you use solar power over grid-connected power.

A solar panel system’s cost varies from £1,500 and £8,000 depending on your power needs. If you have more power-hungry electronics and appliances, then the price will increase.

Below is a table with a rough estimate of what it might cost to set up a solar panel system on your house.

System SizeSystem OutputSystem Cost
1kW850kWh per year£1,500 to £2,500
2kW1,800kWh per year£2,500 to £4,000
3kW2,600kWh per year£4,000 to £6,000
4kW3,500kWh per year£5,500 to £8,000

The table shows the cost in terms of range because the final price depends on many variables. They include the type of solar panel, the inverter’s size if any heating elements will be connected, and so much more.

For an accurate price guide, contact us for more details. An in-house surveyor will prepare a detailed quote for you, pertinent to your power needs.

Factors That Affect Solar PV Panel Performance

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It is important to know what may affect your solar panel systems’ performance. The key factors include location, direction, size of the system, maintenance, angling, and roof suitability.

When a solar PV installers surveyor prepares a site survey for you, they will consider the tilt angle of your roof as well as the sun’s trajectory, relevant to your roof.

There are people who think the weather in the UK might not be ideal for solar panels. However, that is not the case. Although cloudy weather will reduce the generating capacity of panels by approximately 50% (there are systems available that overcome this) compared to direct sunlight, solar panels in the UK are still an excellent way to produce clean, green, sustainable, and cost-effective electricity.

Conclusion

Are solar panel systems worth the initial investment? 

This is the question a lot of people ask solar PV installers after receiving their detailed quotation. With its many benefits, the cost should not be the only consideration that stops you from investing in your own solar panel system.

There becomes a point in time when your energy savings break even with your initial investment against the solar panel system’s installation cost. From that time forward, you will be enjoying free electricity for many years.