How does Solar PV work?
A solar PV array convert’s direct sunlight into electricity even on the cloudiest of British days. During sunlight hours the panels will generate direct current (DC) which flows in to a box called an inverter to create an alternating current (AC). The AC generated by the solar panels is used directly by the appliances in your property and where necessary topped up by electricity from the national grid. Any excessive electricity will flow into the national grid so that it can be used elsewhere.
Benefits of Solar PV
There are many benefits associated with the installation of Solar Panels both financially and environmentally.
Fight back against rising energy prices: Sunlight is free, so once you’ve paid for the initial install your electricity bill will be dramatically reduced.
- Get paid for the energy you generate: Thanks to the governments generous Feed-in Tariffs you get paid for the electricity you generate whether you use it or not.
- Sell electricity back to the national grid: If your system is generating more electricity than you need or when you are not using any, you can sell the surplus back to the grid.
- Reduce your carbon footprint: solar generated electricity is green renewable energy and doesn’t release any harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) or other pollutants into the atmosphere. A typical solar PV system could save over a tonne of CO2 per year, more than 30 tonnes over the lifetime of the system.
Solar PV also helps move the UK towards a low carbon future and providing a better place for our future generations. Microgeneration schemes are essential components of UK policy towards meeting the EU 20:20:20 goals of 15% of our energy coming from renewable sources, and in the longer term the 2050 carbon reduction targets set out in the 2008 Climate Change Act.
Furthermore, increasing evidence from countries with established schemes similar to the UK FiT scheme (such as certain states in the USA and Germany) show that properties with solar installations sell quicker than those without.