Solar Panels UK
7 Benefits of Installing Solar Panels in the UK
Solar PV is the most popular type of renewable technology delivering both cheaper energy bills and lower carbon emissions. Here are 7 Benefits of Installing Solar Panels UK for your home.
1. Save money with lower electricity bills
By generating your own free energy you will need to buy less from your energy supplier and save money. The more of your own energy you can produce the less you will have to worry about rising energy prices. Many homes manage to reduce their electricity spend by as much as 40-50%. Solar panels will still produce energy even during the winter and on cloudy days, although they are obviously most effective during the summer.
2. Solar panels UK cost
Advancements in solar technology, increased demand and a more crowded marketplace mean that the price of solar panel installation has fallen considerably; it’s almost 50% cheaper to install a solar system today than it was 8 years ago. In 2011, the average cost of a 3.6 to 4 kW system would have been around £12,000. By the middle of June 2017, that cost was down to just under £6,500 on average with some systems installed for just over £4,000. Check an overview of solar panels costs and how much you could save.
3. Lower carbon emissions
Solar panel benefits aren’t just about money. Solar panels don’t produce carbon emissions as they work so can significantly reduce your home’s impact on the environment. When standard electricity is produced using fossil fuels like coal and natural gas it creates greenhouse gases which are harmful to our planet, so the more electricity we can generate from renewable sources, the better it is for all of us.
If that weren’t enough motivation, eventually our fossil fuels will run out (some studies estimate this could be as soon as the next 30-60 years) while the sun is a permanent source of energy. It’s also more than powerful enough to do the job; if we could capture it, the sun produces enough energy in an hour to power the whole world for a year!
4. Charge an electric car with free energy
You could also use your free solar energy to power an electric car which will simultaneously further reduce your carbon emissions and save you money on fuel costs. As solar panel benefits go, that’s a pretty big one!
A small EV produces around 15 tonnes of CO2 from construction through to scrapping, compared to an average of 32 tonnes for the equivalent petrol or diesel car. The cost of charging your vehicle with electricity will also save you money compared to refuelling with petrol or diesel. According to our calculations, the average home could save up to £2,783 per year.
Your solar PV system will need to produce enough kWh to power both your home and car; we recommend that you contact our team to find the right solution.
5. No running costs, low maintenance & long lasting
Once the solar panels are installed there are no more running costs to worry about. Occasionally you’ll want to get your solar panels cleaned to make sure they’re getting as much sunlight as possible. If you have trees in your garden it’s worth making sure they’re not obstructing the panels. Aside from this, you don’t need to carry out any other maintenance.
Most solar panels on the market today are covered by a 20-25 year manufacturer’s warranty so if anything technical were to go wrong, you can rest safe in the knowledge that it’ll be sorted out free of charge.
6. Solar technology is more efficient than ever
Today most solar panels, reach efficiency levels of 14-20% but this can rise to 22% for the best brands working at maximum efficiency. The efficiency of solar panels will be affected if they are shaded or located / angled incorrectly. For the biggest energy savings the panels should be installed on a south facing roof at an angle of around 30-45 degrees.
Of course, the varied nature of British weather means it’s difficult to predict how much sunlight we will have and therefore how much energy the panels will generate. Solar panels don’t necessarily need direct sunlight in order to work, but they do need to be installed professionally, in the optimum location and at the correct angle to the sun.
7. Maximize savings with solar to battery
Adding a solar battery to your solar PV system can maximise your electricity savings even further. When your system generates more energy than you’re using it will send it back to the Grid. However, if you include a solar battery in your system, you can store this energy instead. This means you have access to free energy even when the sun isn’t shining so you can spend even less on energy bills.