Going Solar

Photovoltaic solar panels (solar PVs) may in the past have been the preserve of the wealthy, but that is changing. There are a number of grants available for fitting domestic solar PV systems, and your energy supplier can help you to apply for these schemes.

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While this winter has thus far been a bit of an up-and-downer – comparatively mild spells interspersed with some severe, biting cold snaps – February is really too soon to consider ourselves past the worst.

 

Which, on the face of it, might make this an odd time to be thinking about solar panels.

 

But that’s precisely why you should! Install photovoltaic solar panels now, and you’ll be well placed to benefit from the spring and summer sun as the seasons change.

 

Photovoltaic solar panels (solar PVs) may in the past have been the preserve of the wealthy, but that is changing. There are a number of grants available for fitting domestic solar PV systems, and your energy supplier can help you to apply for these schemes.

 

 

How do they work?

 

Solar PVs harness the energy of the sun and turn it into electricity. The panels are made from layers of semi-conducting material. When sunlight shines on this material, a flow of electricity is created: yours to use on demand, or store in batteries for future use (we’ll be talking about batteries in more depth later in the year).

 

If you end up generating more electricity than you use, you can sell any surplus units back to the National Grid.

 

 

What’s the procedure?

 

An array of solar panels (typically ten or so) are attached to the roof of your house with simple fixings, on the side of the house that enjoys the most direct sunlight.

 

The solar panels on your roof generate direct current (DC), which is passed through an inverter to create the alternating current (AC) we use in our homes. The generated AC is used to power electrical appliances, lighting, and equipment in your home, instead of buying energy from the grid.

 

 

What are the costs? How soon will I see a return?

 

A typical 4.2 kilowatt-peak solar PV system costs around £6,500, and saves between £210 and £514 a year at current energy prices. The panels can be purchased VAT-free until March 2027, which can save around £1000 on your installation costs.

 

The payback time for a typical system in the east of England – our part of the country – would be around 11 years.

 

Low-income, fuel-poor and vulnerable households may also benefit from the ECO4 and ECO4 LA Flex schemes, which provide grants to cover the costs of replacing inefficient heating systems with more sustainable options. Contact your energy supplier to see whether you qualify.

 

 

Going solar – the Excel way

 

Reliability, experience, and competence are the qualities you should be looking for in an electrical contractor. In addition, you’ll need someone mindful of your needs, and your budget. Our professional, solar-qualified engineers will visit you at your home, on a date and time to suit you. They will inspect the property to gain an in-depth understanding of the site (which way it faces, the area of usable roof-space, etc), explain what the job entails, and agree a schedule of works.

 

We will work with you to ensure that your system is installed with minimal disruption, and that it delivers optimum performance from day one. We offer a comprehensive solar PV installation and support service – the high standard of service you expect from Excel Electrical.

 

To discuss solar PVs and how they might benefit your home, call us today on 01508 488007 or email enquiries@excelelectrical.co.uk

 

Excel Electrical. The power is in your hands.

 

 

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