Solar PV

Generate cheap, green electricity from sunlight using PV Solar panel, also known as solar photovoltaics (PV), they capture the sun’s energy using the photovoltaic cells, they don’t need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some power on a cloudy day. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting.

Cut your electricity bills. Sunlight is free, so once you’ve paid for the initial installation, your electricity costs will be reduced.

The UK government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme pays you for the electricity you generate, even if you use it so you get paid for the electricity you generate.

If your system is producing more electricity than you need, you can sell the surplus back to the grid through the Feed-in Tariff scheme.

Cut your carbon footprint. Solar electricity is green renewable energy and doesn’t release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants. A typical home solar PV system could save over a tonne and a half of carbon dioxide per year – that’s more than 30 tonnes over its lifetime.

How do solar panels (PV) cells work?

PV cells are made from layers of semi-conducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced. Groups of cells are mounted together in panels or modules that can either be mounted on your roof or on the ground.

The power of a PV cell is measured in kilowatts peak (kWp). That’s the rate at which it generates energy at peak performance in full direct sunlight during the summer.

A 4kWp system can generate around 3,800 kilowatt hours of electricity a year in the south of the UK– roughly equivalent to a typical household’s electricity needs. It will save nearly two tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.