Frequently Asked Questions

Will PV Solar panels work on cloudy days and in winter?

Yes. Solar panel manufacturing technology has now advanced to an efficiencey level that panels will produce green electricity even on a overcast cloudy day.
Solar PV works from daylight, however will produce more in direct sunlight.

What's the difference between PV and other solar panel technologies?

Solar PV systems convert solar radiation directly into electricity by means of PV cells made from semiconductor materials.
Solar thermal systems (Wet solar water heating systems), use a solar collector that faces the sun and is used solely for heating water.

Do I need to have a south facing roof?

The most optimum for a PV installation is on a south facing roof. However Solar PV systems still generate sufficient electricity on east and west orientations.

What happens when I produce more electricity than I need?

With a grid connected Solar PV system when your system produces more electricity than you need, the surplus will flow back into the national grid.
Your electricity supplier will pay you extra for this surplus power that is exported. The export tariff is currently 3.1p per unit exported to the national grid.

What is the feed in tariff?

The Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) is a generation tariff paid for electricity produced by a solar photovoltaic electricity system. The tariff is paid for all electricity generated regardless of whether you use it or not and is currently a generous 43.3p per unit for a system under 4kWp.

Why should I consider a PV solar system?

Solar PV systems are easily installed onto your existing roof, they provide great fuel security, with electricity prices going up and up, a Solar PV system is a great way to help secure you from future energy price rises.

How long does the Feed-in-Tariff last?

The Feed-in-Tariff will last 25 years once signed up however reviews are planned which may shorten the length of time that the scheme is open to new entrants.

Will the Feed-in-Tariff rates reduce?

When you sign up to the FIT scheme you are guaranteed that rate for 25 years index linked with RPI, however the rates will reduce every year for new enterants .

How big a PV solar energy system do I need?

The size of solar system you need depends on several factors such as how much electricity you use, how much daylight is available where you are, the size of your roof, and how much you're willing to invest. After talking through your requirements we will recommend the size of system you use.

This all sounds great, but I want to know more.

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