- Use sunlight to generate electricity
- Save on your energy bills
- Reduce your carbon footprint
- Government grants available
Solar Photovoltaic Panels are a fantastic renewable technology that let you turn sunlight into electricity for your home. They help you to save on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Grants and incentives are also offered by the government to encourage their uptake. Planning permission is not normally required unless your home is a listed building or in a conservation area.
Install a Solar Photovoltaic System and you save on your electricity bill by reducing the electricity that you have to buy-in from a 3rd party supplier. The amount you save depends on your installation’s output (see below) and your usage of the electricity it generates (see our Electricity Storage Solutions page).
The Energy Savings Trust has estimated that a 4 kWp system in the South of England can generate around 3,700 kWh a year – roughly equivalent to a typical household’s electricity needs – and save nearly 2 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Find out more about these figures.
By choosing both an installer such as us and a Solar PV system that are MCS certified and you can apply to join to the government’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme. Successful applicants receive regular payments from their electricity supplier in the form of both a Generation Tariff and an Export Tariff.
- Generation Tariff – A payment for every kWh of electricity generated by your Solar PV system
- Export Tariff – A payment for every kWh of electricity you are deemed to have exported to the Grid
Following changes by the government in December 2015, the Generation Tariff for new installations now ranges up to 4.39p / kWh depending on your property’s EPC rating. The Export Tariff stands at 4.77p. Both tariffs continue index-linked for a ‘tariff period’ of currently 20 years.
You will most likely be deemed to export 50% of your system’s output to the grid.
In addition to the FIT scheme your Solar PV system may also qualify you for the government’s ECO and Green Deal schemes. These schemes offer grants and help with financing to encourage the implementation of energy efficiency improvements in domestic homes.
[Last updated January 2016]