How do solar panels work?
A solar photovoltaic (PV) system changes sunlight into electricity. Sunlight is caught by the solar panels and converted into usable electricity which can then be used to power appliances in your home directly, or stored in a battery for use later when it’s dark.
Advantages of solar energy
Solar energy is the one of the most effective sources of renewable energy. Technology is improving and finding better, easier and cheaper ways to harness solar power making it the fastest growing renewable energy source. Don’t worry, you don’t have to live somewhere with sunshine all the time, solar panels work through clouds too!
The carbon footprint of solar panels is small. The materials they’re made of are also increasingly recyclable making their footprint even smaller.
3. Save money
Energy costs from suppliers are increasing significantly at present as we are all aware. By installing solar panels you will be removing or reducing the reliance on suppliers and the costs of their energy.
4. Low maintenance
Once installed, solar panels require very little maintenance. They are generally installed at an angle which allows rain to run off, washing dirt and dust away. As long as you keep them from becoming blocked by dirt, solar panels could last for over 25 years with little loss in efficiency.
5. Property value
Solar panels are generally good investment for your home. Trends in the energy market mean that a home with solar panels could command a higher price in the future than one without. Win!
What do I need to know about installing solar panels?
1. You need a south-facing roof ideally
However, with the latest technology most homes could benefit from solar power.
2. You shouldn’t need planning permission
Just double check with your local council if you have a flat roof or live in a conservation area.
3. Don’t worry about the weather
Power will still be generated through clouds!