If you are looking to have solar panels installed and you are located anywhere in the UK then Solar Energy UK can help. Whether you want PV (photovoltaic) panels that create electricity by way of solar energy, or solar panels to heat water, we have the expertise to set up the system for you. If you would like more information about solar panels in the UK, please read on.
How Solar Panels Work
To go deep into the science of how solar panels work is not something that is going to be done in this article. You can read the blog posting “How Solar Panels Work” for a more detailed explanation. Here is a general outline of how they work though: solar panels are made up of a number of solar cells, which generate electricity when light hits them. The photon, a particle of light, hitting the solar cells creates an imbalance between the positive and negative sides of the cell, and to correct that imbalance current flows. This is obviously a simplified explanation, but it works as a simple description.
What then happens to the electricity depends on the demand that is present at the time. If you have the solar panels on your roof and you are running electrical appliances that require more energy, the electricity goes to them. If you are not running electrical equipment but the battery that is attached to the system is not full then the energy will go to fill the battery. If the battery is full and you don’t need the electricity for what you are running, however, then the electricity will be diverted to the national grid. At the present time, a feed in tariff (FIT) is in operation, meaning that for this solar energy which you provide you are paid a certain rate.
Financial Incentives for Solar Panels
What has just been described is the financial incentives for solar energy. In the first case, when you need the electricity, the solar panels provides it to you. This means that you save on your electricity from a traditional source. Then, when you do not need the electricity, it is diverted nationally and you get money for that. These two aspects in combination mean that in less than a decade you should have been able to pay off your initial investment. After that time you will actually be generating profits, not just energy, from your solar panels.
Environmental Benefits of Solar Panels
Of course the main reason that most people wish to have solar panels is not to make money. There is nothing wrong with investing in solar panels for a long term return, but it is the environmental benefits which are most attractive to most people. They like the idea of being able to help out the environment, even if it is only a small amount, by using clean energy to power their home. Nor is this limited just to homes as businesses and public bodies can also take advantage of the feed in tariff, leading to long term benefits for the Earth as well as for finances.
Installing Solar Panels
If you would like to know more about having solar panels installed, please feel free to contact Solar Energy UK. We would be happy to provide you with a free quote.