Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
Solar Photovoltaic panels convert the sun’s energy into electricity for you to use in your home. Whenever the amount of the electricity generated by the panels exceeds your real time electricity demand, the surplus power automatically flows into the National Grid, via a fully automatic solar inverter.
Solar PV panels simply require daylight to produce electricity – and will produce significant amounts of power even on cloudy days, and the South West receives significantly more solar energy per square metre than the rest of the UK.
If you have your PV system installed by us, you can enjoy the full financial benefits of generating your own clean, green electricity under the government’s Feed-In Tariff scheme Find out more about the FiT here
A PV system is now more affordable than ever, and you can enjoy an index linked tax free return of around 13% for 20 years.
- You are paid for every unit (kilowatt hour) your system generates (whether you use the electricity or export it back into the National Grid).
- Your electricity bill is reduced, since you can use a substantial proportion of the electricity generated by your PV system during the day.
- In addition, you are paid for each unit of electricity that you are deemed to export back to the National Grid, which is currently set at 50% of the total you generate.
It makes sense to use as much of your own FREE electricity as possible. One popular way to do this is by installing a clever device which automatically diverts any surplus PV-generated electricity into your immersion heater, rather than exporting it. In this way, your costs for heating water are greatly reduced for a modest additional outlay, and increasingly our customers are choosing to have this fitted by us as part of their PV installation.
Planning permission is not usually required, since the installation of solar panels is Permitted Development in most instances.